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  • 9 states back Utah ruling tossing federal prairie dog rules

    Fri, 29 May 2015 19:57:18 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nine states have stepped into a lawsuit over the Utah prairie dog to support a ruling that animal activists say threatens to undermine the Endangered Species Act.

  • Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'

    Thu, 28 May 2015 23:21:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."

  • Huge drop in West Virginia coal production forecast

    Thu, 28 May 2015 23:18:44 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008 — less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs.

  • EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

    Thu, 28 May 2015 05:04:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing.

  • New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized

    Wed, 27 May 2015 20:13:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.

  • EPA issues final rules protecting drinking water, streams

    Wed, 27 May 2015 17:07:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Drinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

  • Vermont's Sanders kicks off 2016 bid from Clinton's left

    Tue, 26 May 2015 23:30:35 GMT

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform the nation's economy and politics.

  • French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use

    Tue, 26 May 2015 15:16:40 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.

  • Modi vows cleaner India, but no clear path to get there

    Tue, 26 May 2015 09:22:34 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street.

  • China readies national carbon market to fight climate change

    Sun, 24 May 2015 05:39:17 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market.

  • France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets

    Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:42 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.

  • French parliament cracks down on supermarket waste

    Fri, 22 May 2015 10:07:37 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead.

  • Environmentalists seize on latest Santa Barbara oil spill

    Fri, 22 May 2015 02:39:59 GMT

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels.

  • Finding California oil spill's cause could take months

    Fri, 22 May 2015 02:27:43 GMT

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a broken oil pipeline that fouled California beaches says it'll take a while to determine the cause of the spill.

  • Officials close 160 square miles to fishing after oil spill

    Thu, 21 May 2015 23:20:18 GMT

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials have closed a 160-square-mile section of ocean to fishing because of the oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast.

  • Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina

    Wed, 20 May 2015 19:42:44 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment.

  • Judge temporarily halts fracking permits in North Carolina

    Wed, 20 May 2015 13:54:48 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge has ordered North Carolina not to issue any fracking permits until the state Supreme Court rules on a legal question about how state panels are formed.

  • Government releases fire plan to protect struggling bird

    Tue, 19 May 2015 22:08:00 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the West's sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species whose potential listing as a threatened or endangered species already has delayed energy projects and oil and gas deals.

  • To fight bee decline, Obama proposes more land to feed bees

    Tue, 19 May 2015 17:29:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better.

  • Where They Stand: Lindsey Graham on issues of 2016 campaign

    Tue, 19 May 2015 07:08:59 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will announce his campaign for president next month, after saying Monday he is running for the Republican nomination. Here's a snapshot of where Graham stands on issues likely to be debated in the Republican presidential primaries.

  • States saying 'no' to cities seeking to regulate businesses

    Mon, 18 May 2015 06:28:53 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator— himself — and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags.