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  • US climate treaty pledge relies on uncertain Obama actions

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:55:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States put forth its contribution Tuesday to a global climate treaty, relying entirely on a set of emission cuts ordered by President Barack Obama that may not survive beyond the end of his presidency.

  • US offer for climate treaty: Up to 28 percent emissions cut

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:50:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.

  • Porbeagle shark may be listed as endangered species

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:02:12 GMT

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators say they are reviewing the status of the porbeagle shark to determine if listing the species under the Endangered Species Act is warranted.

  • US offer for global climate treaty: 28 percent emissions cut

    Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:43:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a highly anticipated announcement, the United States will offer a roughly 28 percent emissions cut as its contribution to a major global climate treaty nearing the final stages of negotiation, according to people briefed on the White House's plans.

  • Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

    Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:31:34 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

  • Duke Energy CEO loses $600K in pay over coal ash pollution

    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:18:40 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

  • Mexico sets 25 pct pollution cut by 2030 for climate talks

    Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:30:34 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall's Paris climate change talks, pledging Friday to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030.

  • Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:16:52 GMT

    MUTTAGI, India (AP) — Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found.

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Justices to hear arguments over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:47:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Feds reopen comment period for mountain caribou protections

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:33:26 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened for comment a proposed plan to change the protected status of a herd of caribou in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington from endangered to threatened.

  • GOP lawmaker targets Obama climate plan

    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:27:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are targeting a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, this time with a bill to delay the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.

  • Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen

    Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:54:09 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs.

  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

    Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:21:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination.

  • Chemical regulation overhaul bill faces opposition in Senate

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:45:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a step backward in protecting health and the environment.

  • Bush served on board of Florida timber firm facing lawsuits

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:52:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While preparing a run for the White House, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made headlines by resigning from several corporate positions at year's end. Less noticed: One of the companies where he served on the board, Florida timber company Rayonier Inc., faced a flurry of lawsuits not long before his exit.

  • House passes GOP bills targeting EPA's 'secret science'

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:33:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed two Republican-backed bills that would place new restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • House passes bills restricting EPA despite veto threat

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:44:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed two Republican-backed bills that would place new restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Paris police lower speed limits amid spike in air pollution

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:52:41 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Paris police have lowered speed limits and ordered a halt to trash burning as part of emergency measures triggered by a spike in air pollution — months before the city hosts a major international climate conference.

  • Drought-stricken California ramps up water restrictions

    Tue, 17 Mar 2015 23:42:39 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.

  • Feds move to stop fishing crimes by tracking seafood imports

    Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:48:43 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — In an effort to eradicate illegal fishing and seafood fraud, the Obama Administration is launching a fish tracking system that would eventually tell consumers where their fish was caught, processed and stored.