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‘Energetic Bear’ alert: ICS-CERT asks operators to check computers

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Reuters

After warnings from private security firms that Russian hackers from the "Energetic Bear" group have been targeting the computer networks of energy and industrial firms with the Havex Trojan, the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team is asking companies to check their systems for infections, Reuters reports.

Greece faces power cuts as unions plan strikes

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities warned Wednesday of possible power cuts at the heart of the summer tourist season as electric utility workers head for protracted strikes against government plans to break off and sell part of the country's dominant power producer.

Public Power Corporation unions have vowed to launch rolling 48-hour walkouts Thursday. They argue that electricity supply is a vital commodity that should stay under state control.

The conservative-led government insists it will carry out the sale — which was demanded by the recession-plagued country's international creditors. It is threatening to force strikers back to work with a mobilization order.

Burmistrova named new head of Gazprom exports

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Reuters

Elena Burmistrova, who has replaced Alexander Medvedev as head of Gazprom’s exports division, met Wednesday with President Vladimir Putin and the gas giant’s chief Alexei Miller, Reuters reports.

Lobbying over honeybees gathering pace

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National Journal

Bayer, the biggest manufacturer of neonics, which many environmentalists believe is contributing to the death of honeybees, has raised more than $2 million in the first quarter for its lobbying efforts to head off any ban of the pesticide, as well as bringing two high-powered firms on board, National Journal reports.

Murray suit against EPA carbon rule joined by 9 states

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The Hill

Nine states – West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming – have joined a suit coal company Murray Energy filed over the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, The Hill reports.

Delaware’s Markell challenged over tax hike failures

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The News Journal

Delaware’s legislative session finished Tuesday without any agreement on a gasoline tax increase to fund roadway projects or a property tax hike to fund waterway cleanup, but Gov. Jack Markell still defended lawmakers’ accomplishments, The News Journal reports.

Action to head off New England energy crisis essential: Panel

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Concord Monitor

Experts headed a panel discussion in New Hampshire this week, addressing how New England should tackle its critical need to improve its energy infrastructure, the Concord Monitor reports.

ND regulators hit drillers over flaring

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Platts

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has imposed strict new rules to reduce natural gas flaring in the state, threatening oil drillers in the Bakken Shale with production restrictions if they don’t comply, Platts reports.

China crucial in any move to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

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The New York Times

Even if U.S. efforts to curb its carbon emissions are successful, the fight against climate change really depends on what China does, The New York Times reports, claiming that to achieve an economic growth rate of 5.7 percent per person, Chinese carbon emissions would nearly double by 2040.

Envoy says Iraq can't wait for US military aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq is increasingly turning to other governments like Iran, Russia and Syria to help beat back a rampant insurgency because it cannot wait for additional American military aid, Baghdad's top envoy to the U.S. said Tuesday.

Such an alliance could test the Obama administration's influence overseas and raise risks for the U.S. as some of its main global opponents consider joining forces. Moreover, such a partnership could also solidify a Shiite-led crescent across much of the Mideast at a time when the Sunni-led insurgency in Iraq is trying to create an Islamic state through the region.

Iraqi Ambassador Lukman Faily stopped short of describing enduring military relationships with any of the other nations that are offering to help Iraq fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. And he said Baghdad would prefer to work with the U.S.

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