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  • UN chief urges leaders to speed up climate negotiations

    Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:26:50 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to "accelerate" negotiations ahead of a December climate conference in Paris.

  • Attorneys argue powers during hearing on federal water rule

    Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:19:17 GMT

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys argued over state and federal powers for more than four hours Friday on an effort by 13 states to block a new rule that gives U.S. authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.

  • EU urges G20 countries to make climate goals public

    Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:29:57 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging major emerging industrialized powers to make public their emissions targets ahead of a key climate conference in December.

  • US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:32:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed cutting methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade, part of on ongoing push by President Barack Obama to curb climate change.

  • Muslim scholars call for climate action

    Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:11:42 GMT

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Muslim scholars and environmental advocates from about 20 countries on Tuesday called for a global phase-out of greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, joining a chorus of religious leaders urging the world to take strong action against global warming.

  • Critics of carbon regulations using mine spill to skewer EPA

    Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:21:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say rivers tainted by last week's massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine are starting to recover, but for the Environmental Protection Agency the political fallout from the disaster could linger.

  • US eases crude oil export ban; allows trading with Mexico

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:34:38 GMT

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The Obama administration approved limited crude oil trading with Mexico on Friday, further easing the longstanding U.S. ban on crude exports that has drawn consternation from Republicans and energy producers.

  • Colorado spill a blip in legacy of leaking abandoned mines

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:04:02 GMT

    SILVERTON, Colorado (AP) — It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers and has likely reached Lake Powell, experts said.

  • National challenge of leaking mines dwarfs Colorado spill

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:38:33 GMT

    SILVERTON, Colorado (AP) — It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers and has likely reached Lake Powell, experts said.

  • $140M in conservation work proposed for Gulf of Mexico

    Thu, 13 Aug 2015 22:06:55 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten watersheds around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico — from Florida to Texas — are being looked at as sites for $140 million in proposed conservation projects under a plan to restore the Gulf from BP's catastrophic 2010 oil spill.

  • Deutsche Bank employees charged in emissions trading case

    Thu, 13 Aug 2015 08:19:32 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have filed tax evasion charges against eight current and former Deutsche Bank employees over their alleged participation in a value-added tax fraud scheme involving carbon dioxide emissions certificates.

  • Judge OKs $5 million deal ending suit over Arkansas oil leak

    Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:29:40 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government Wednesday, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest even if it might not be the best pact possible.

  • 17 states seek federal court review of EPA air quality rules

    Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:47:37 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Seventeen states are asking a federal judge to review a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency move to force more cuts in carbon emissions from power plants.

  • Britain's Hammond in China for security, climate talks

    Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:28:56 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday that an international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program could give impetus to efforts aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

  • EPA chief: Colorado mine spill 'pains me'

    Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:22:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it "pains me to no end."

  • 13 states ask judge to delay new federal water rule

    Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:54:28 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thirteen states led by North Dakota asked a federal judge on Monday to delay a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.

  • 13 states want judge to block new federal water rule

    Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:33:20 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thirteen states led by North Dakota are asking a federal judge in Bismarck to block a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.

  • Obama: Wildfires worsened by climate change

    Fri, 07 Aug 2015 17:22:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says wildfires in the western U.S. are getting worse in large part due to climate change.

  • US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

    Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:01:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday.

  • 16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

    Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:57:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign to stop President Barack Obama's sweeping emissions limits on power plants began taking shape Wednesday, as 16 states asked the government to put the rules on hold while a Senate panel moved to block them.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: GOP holds panel vote in lunchroom

    Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:13:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the protests of boycotting Democrats, a Senate GOP-controlled panel Wednesday approved legislation designed to block the Obama administration from implementing tough new standards on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.