On Sunday morning six American soldiers and dozens of American and Afghan troops were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated a van full of explosives at a joint outpost in southern Afghanistan that had only been open a few days. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack.
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The Obama administration has secretly negotiated a new pact with Russia to share civilian nuclear technology. It resembles similar agreements the United States has with other countries including China and India. This treaty is in addition to New START which is pending Senate ratification.
With globalization comes increasing shipping pollution. According to the International Maritime Agency, the shipping industry’s annual emissions might be as much as 1,260 million tons of carbon dioxide. That equates to 3.9 percent of the global output of carbon dioxide, an amount higher than the carbon footprint for aviation. Last month U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon convened a group that concluded that a levy on shipping should be one of the sources for a $100 billion fund for developing nations to address climate change. See DCBureau’s groundbreaking series: No Safe Harbor.
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Reuters reports that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday said the department is considering forcing companies to reveal “fracking” fluids used to extract national gas on federal land. Disclosure would help federal agencies like Interior and the EPA assure the public that this extraction method does not harm the environment and the public.
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