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  • US announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

    Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:58:13 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and they don't require congressional approval.

  • Correction: California Drought-Water Rates story

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:22:04 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In stories April 20-21 about a court ruling that found San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates unconstitutional, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal was only binding in Orange County. The ruling is binding statewide. However, appellate courts outside Orange County could rule differently and the state Supreme Court may ultimately decide the issue.

  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:17:04 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

  • Spending for 2016 federal budget sparks lawmakers' quarrel

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:52:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans quarreled Wednesday over spending levels for domestic agencies as well as policy provisions on clean water rules and guns on federal lands as they kicked off action on more than $1 trillion worth of spending bills for the next budget year.

  • Ruling forces California water districts to review rates

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:56:49 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeals court decision striking down punitive water pricing that was intended to encourage conservation had water agencies reviewing rates Tuesday and some residents exploring whether to bring similar challenges.

  • Agency: Humpback whales' recovery is national success story

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:58:25 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — The humpback whale became the unofficial symbol for the conservation movement in the last century.

  • Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:46:27 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — The humpback whale became the unofficial symbol for the conservation movement in the last century.

  • NOAA proposes removing most of humpback whale population from Endangered Species Act

    Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:00:38 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — NOAA proposes removing most of humpback whale population from Endangered Species Act.

  • Court skeptical of challenge to Obama's climate change plan

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:45:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change.

  • Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:02:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The cornerstone of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change is still months away from being finished, but it's already facing a high-stakes legal challenge from critics who want to halt the process in its tracks.

  • House panel approves bill to tweak coal ash standards

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:54:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee approved a bill Wednesday granting states authority to regulate waste generated from coal burned for electricity, largely bypassing a federal rule issued last year.

  • Some governors push back over McConnell letter to defy EPA

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:13:33 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back.

  • With legalization possible, pot growers become lobbyists

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:01:04 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.

  • Conservation groups push back on federal lands transfer idea

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:25:08 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Stung by a recent vote in Congress, national conservation groups are mustering opposition to the increasing call from many western states to transfer federal lands to state control.

  • UN chief to open Vatican climate change conference

    Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:10:39 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open a key Vatican meeting this month on Pope Francis' highly anticipated teaching document on climate change.

  • Duke Energy gets delay in sentencing for coal ash crimes

    Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:34:45 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy received a delay Tuesday in pleading guilty to environmental crimes by raising the specter that bureaucratic red tape could result in power being cut to military bases across North Carolina.

  • Despite nebulous legal status, pot growers hire lobbyists

    Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:27:35 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area in the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.

  • Feds to consider endangered species listing for spotted owl

    Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:41:17 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal biologists will consider increasing Endangered Species Act protections for the northern spotted owl, reflecting the bird's continued slide toward extinction despite steep logging cutbacks in the Northwest forests where it lives.

  • California sets water use targets amid record low savings

    Wed, 08 Apr 2015 01:55:58 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California cities face mandatory targets to slash water use as much as 35 percent while regulators warn voluntary conservation hasn't been enough in the face of a devastating drought.

  • Determining New Jersey Exxon cleanup costs could take years

    Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:38:59 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The price tag for cleaning up two petroleum refineries in northern New Jersey will likely cost Exxon Mobil much more than the $225 million settlement brokered by Gov. Chris Christie's administration, officials say. But it could be years until it's clear how much the company will pay.

  • 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.