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  • BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

    Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:12:40 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.

  • $18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:46:37 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.

  • How 5 Gulf Coast states will divide BP oil spill settlement

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:49:01 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here's how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being made over nearly two decades:

  • Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:13:12 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.

  • World mayors, others pitch in toward global climate accord

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:04:27 GMT

    LYON, France (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that money is the main roadblock to a global accord at a U.N. climate conference in Paris this year.

  • Anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein hosted at Vatican

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:15:55 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet.

  • After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:55:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:32:11 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

  • Spain: Greenpeace kicks off anti-'Gag Law' protests

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:34:23 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — A large banner defending people's right to protest loomed over Spain's Parliament on Tuesday as part of a series of protest actions against the entry into effect of the Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," at midnight.

  • After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:39:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:30:41 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.

  • UN chief: Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace'

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:24:27 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up.

  • Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:49:59 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

  • 13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:46:21 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:12:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.

  • Decisions in last 3 Supreme Court cases expected Monday

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:36:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is meeting for the final time until the fall to decide three remaining cases and add some new ones for the term that starts in October.

  • Smithsonian to improve ethics policies on research funding

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:33:42 GMT

    After revelations that a scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest.

  • Emerging Israel gas deal ignites fierce debate

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:18:30 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — When natural gas was discovered a few years ago off the shores of resource-poor Israel, it was heralded as nothing short of a miracle, but an emerging deal with developers has been plagued by criticism, with opponents accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of caving to a monopoly.

  • Conservationists: New China policy could save elephants

    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:44:53 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Conservationists hail it as a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants: an unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa.

  • Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan

    Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:36:30 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.

  • New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations

    Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:00:14 GMT

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.