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  • Dan River recovering after coal ash spill as fines weighed

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:19:32 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A year after the sudden collapse of an old drainage pipe triggered the third largest coal ash spill in U.S. history, regulators say they are still working to determine how much to fine the nation's largest electricity company.

  • Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:32:10 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades.

  • 5 things about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

    Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:59:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama waded into a decades-long fight over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge over the weekend, announcing that his administration would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the South Carolina-sized refuge.

  • Back in Iowa, Huckabee mocks Obama climate, wage policies

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:43:30 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Prior Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee is reacquainting himself with activists who could help decide the next Republican nominee.

  • Hazy skies the backdrop for Obama's climate talks in India

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:11:40 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air.

  • Senate says climate change real, but doesn't agree on cause

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:23:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate acknowledged Wednesday that climate change is real but refused to say humans are to blame.

  • Pharrell: 'Live Earth' concert to press for climate action

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:04:06 GMT

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Pharrell Williams says he'll have all of humanity singing together at a worldwide concert June 18 to fight global warming.

  • Billions in federal penalties at issue in BP spill trial

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:04:12 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal trial beginning in New Orleans is aimed at determining how much money BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties as a result of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

  • Idaho salamander bill squashed over federal overreach fears

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:50:32 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.

  • Coughing neighbors make Bay Area rethink outdoor cooking

    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:22:59 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area has an increasing number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers.

  • APNewsBreak: Company with chemical spill ties cited 8 times

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:13:51 GMT

    NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — A few towns over from the chemical plant that leaked a coal-cleaning mixture into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians last year, a new company run by some of the same people is being cited for similar environmental violations.

  • Judge: 3 million barrels discharged after 2010 BP spill

    Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:34:07 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The amount of oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of a 2010 rig explosion was more than BP estimated, but less than the government calculated, a federal judge determined Thursday in a ruling that could cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion.

  • Pope on climate change: Man has 'slapped nature in the face'

    Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:03:47 GMT

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.

  • Pope: Global warming 'mostly' man-made, seeks 'courageous' decisions at climate talks in Paris

    Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:05:01 GMT

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope: Global warming 'mostly' man-made, seeks 'courageous' decisions at climate talks in Paris.

  • 5 things to know about Obama's next climate move: methane

    Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:38:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.

  • APNewsBreak: California unveils strictest rules on pesticide

    Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:34:50 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce.

  • Obama moves to create first methane limits for gas drilling

    Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:56:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration laid out a blueprint Wednesday for the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half.

  • AP NewsBreak: California unveils strict rules on pesticide

    Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:35:35 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers in California now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide under heightened regulations designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near the fields where it is used.

  • US aims to cut methane emissions by nearly half

    Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:05:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting the energy industry on notice that it intends to curb methane emissions by nearly half through regulations affecting oil and gas production.

  • Farmers in dry California decry decision involving appeals

    Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:53:16 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to consider appeals by Central Valley farmers and California water districts that want to pump more water from a delta that serves as the only home of a tiny, threatened fish.

  • Farmers in dry California decry decision involving appeal

    Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:16:07 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A tiny, threatened fish unique to California received protection Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by Central Valley farmers and water districts that want more water pumped from the delta where the fish live.