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U.S. EPA to announce key biofuels rule Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency will propose, later on Friday, a new federal target for U.S. biofuel use in 2014, attempting to prevent a projected fuel-blending crunch next year. Market watchers will likely scan the proposal to see if it contains as deep a cut in the amount of ethanol that must be blended into U.S. gasoline next year as seen in an agency document leaked last month and seen by Reuters.

Poland seeks to make 'coal' a less dirty word at UN climate talks

By Agnieszka Barteczko and Alister Doyle WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland is struggling to make "coal" less of a dirty word as it hosts U.N. talks on slowing global warming that usually focus mostly on phasing out fossil fuels in favor of renewable energies such as solar and wind power. Coal-dependent Poland has angered environmentalists and put the United Nations in a quandary by planning a coal industry summit next week on the sidelines of November 11-22 U.N. talks among 200 nations seeking ways to slow global warming.

Business Highlights

___ Beyond Twitter: The next wave of tech IPOs brews SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just as one high-tech breakthrough often paves the way for the next big thing, technology IPOs move in virtuous cycles, too. Twitter's scintillating stock market debut punctuated a procession of highly anticipated coming-out parties over the past two-and-half years, providing a springboard for a new generation of rapidly growing startups to make the leap to Wall Street.

Correction: Fracking-Water Recycling story

MIDLAND, Texas - In a story Nov. 11 about water recycling in fracking operations, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Pure Stream is based in Walton, Ky. Pure Stream Technologies is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. A corrected version of the story is below: More oil and gas drillers turn to water recycling In prosperous oil patch, drillers turn to water recycling to address drought, waste challenges By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI Associated Press

Vancouver launches world's first cigarette-butt recycling program

VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver is butting in when it comes to smokers butting out, by launching the world's first cigarette-butt recycling program. The Cigarette Waste Brigade pilot project began Tuesday with the installation of 110 recycling receptacles in four downtown areas where discarded butts are a messy problem. Vancouver has a goal of making the city the greenest in the globe by 2020. Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer said the program would help the city reach that goal.

Campaign by ethanol lobby against AP includes press calls, form letters, personal attacks

WASHINGTON - A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol industry.

AP IMPACT: Trash dump in water protection zone breaks Russia's 'Zero Waste' Olympics pledge

AKHSHTYR, Russia - Trucks rumble to the edge of a gigantic pit filled with spray cans, tires and foam sheets and dump a stream of concrete slabs that send up a cloud of limestone dust. Other trucks pile clay on top and a bulldozer mixes everything together in a rudimentary effort to hide the mess. This landfill outside Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in 100 days, is smack in the middle of a water protection zone where dumping industrial waste is banned.

Analysis: Bunge may struggle to lure suitors for loss-making sugar mills

By Chris Prentice and Reese Ewing NEW YORK/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - When Bunge Ltd <BG.N> bought five sugar mills in Brazil's Sao Paulo state four years ago for $1.5 billion, they were considered the crown jewels of a burgeoning biofuel industry. Now, they may be little more than millstones, hard-to-sell assets at a time of crushed margins and weak prices.

Eight U.S. states band together to promote clean cars

By Rory Carroll (Reuters) - The governors of California, New York and six other states have agreed to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road within 12 years, which they said will help the environment and boost the economy. The states will start by harmonizing building codes to make it easier to construct electric car charging stations and will consider financial incentives to promote zero-emission vehicles, according to the agreement, which was announced on Thursday in Sacramento.

EU states back biodiesel duties on Argentina, Indonesia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states agreed to impose punitive duties on biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia, which are accused of selling it into the bloc at unfairly low prices, according to diplomats. A majority of the EU members on Tuesday backed the European Commission's view that producers in the two countries were dumping - selling at below fair market or cost price.
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