The Stream, January 10: Japan to Create Robot Farm in Tsunami Zone

The Japanese government plans to open a robot-run super farm in the tsunami-hit Miyagi prefecture, Wired UK reported. The so-called “Dream Project” will feature unmanned tractors and robotic farmers, and will channel back the carbon dioxide produced by the machinery to crops to boost their growth.

Canada’s natural resources minister accused opponents of a project to pump tar sands crude to Pacific Coast ports of destroying Canada’s economy by blocking the government’s efforts to find new markets for its oil sands production, the Guardian reported.

As expected, the Obama administration banned on Monday new uranium mining claims around the Grand Canyon for the next 20 years, Reuters reported.

Will the rainfall expected in Argentina’s drought-stricken farm areas this week be enough to revive key corn and soy crops? The severe summer drought in Argentina’s bread baskets has prompted analysts to cut their crop forecasts and fueled farmers’ demands for tax cuts to help them get through the season, according to Reuters.

Egypt’s foreign minister is on a tour to six Nile Basin nations as the majority of riparian states are pushing for Nile water redistribution, Egypt Independent reported.

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