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Heavy rains and floods across China have left 57 people dead, dozens of others missing and hundreds injured, while more than a million residents have been evacuated from their homes, the government said. [AFP]
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday granted Royal Dutch Shell air pollution permits the company needs to begin drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast next year. [E2]
With 756,400 people unemployed in New York and extensive damage from recent storms, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a strategy to aid both problems: a temporary work program to rebuild hard-hit communities. [Gannett]
President Barack Obama endorsed key elements of a U.S. flood insurance reform bill passed by the House that reduces subsidies in flood-prone areas in the tax and deficit plan he unveiled on Monday, even as the reform has stalled in the Senate without a clear path forward. [Reuters]
An estimated 11 million acres of American farmland are infested with “super weeds,” some of which grow several inches in a day and defy even multiple dousings of the world’s top-selling herbicide, Roundup, whose active ingredient is glyphosate. [Reuters]
A driller’s lawsuit challenging a small town’s ban on natural-gas drilling could have implications throughout New York, where state officials are poised to approve a controversial drilling method known as fracking. [Reuters]