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  • Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard said the activists have enough water and food to last for days, and can hoist themselves to allow other marine traffic to pass. The Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica arrived in Portland for repairs last week. "These climbers hanging on the bridge really are at this point the last thing standing between...

  • Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis. TOLEDO, Ohio— Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days. Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and city officials announced late...

  • BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, July 29- Any attempt by Iran to sell to China millions of barrels of ultra light crude built up in tankers over the last 2-1/ 2 years of sanctions is likely to be thwarted by poor refining margins and an outage at a major importer of the oil. Traders and company officials say Iran has little choice but to target China to buy the crude known as...

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days. Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and city officials announced late Monday that the intake mechanisms that draw Toledo's...

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question." Bernie Sanders told The Associated Press. Environmental groups vigorously...

  • There's a new war brewing in America Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 1:21 PM ET
    Steam rises from stacks at the Conoco-Phillips refinery in Rodeo, California.

    A number of leaders are calling on states once again to secede from the union, says Terry Tamminen. Here's why.

  • The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit orders the EPA to redo sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxide standards for 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. The April 2014 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration and capped a decades-long effort by the...

  • Among the challengers were coal company Peabody Energy Corp and utility American Electric Power Co Inc.. The appeals court ruled that the EPA would have to revise sulfur dioxide emissions budgets for four states and nitrogen oxide budgets for 11 because it had asked them to reduce their emissions by more than required. The EPA has "required states to reduce...

  • MADISON, Wis.— Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said Monday he would shift most of the responsibilities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state-based regulators, leaving the EPA to serve as an "umbrella organization" that would resolve disputes between them. Like many Republicans, the Wisconsin governor is a vocal critic of the...

  • Consol reports 2Q loss on sales decline, higher costs Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:54 AM ET

    CANONSBURG, Pa.— Consol Energy reported a bigger second-quarter loss as weak coal sales dragged revenue lower and exploration costs increased. The Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, company lost $603.3 million, or $2.64 per share, compared with a loss of $24.9 million, or 11 cents per share, a year prior. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 37 cents per share, while...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants. "Cow bone," Virginia Lo, manager of a Chinatown shop next door, said of the...

  • Google, Apple, Goldman Sachs and 10 other well-known companies joined the White House in launching the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a campaign that the White House said would inject $140 billion in low-carbon investments into the global economy. Mindy Lubber, president of environmental investor group Ceres, applauded the announcements but said...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in Aroostook County that would be the largest of its kind in New England. EDP Renewables, which recently submitted its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, needs to get the green light from the state before it can begin building the...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa, July 27- U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday described climate change as "one of most urgent threats of our time" and vowed to meet the challenge with a plan to generate enough clean energy to power every U.S. home by 2027.. Clinton promised to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years if she...

  • Gasoline prices would rise by about 8 to 14 cents a gallon, if the ban were lifted, because the move would boost the price for domestic oil, according to the report by Stancil& Co.. But a full lifting of the ban faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers in Congress are wary about being blamed for a rise in gasoline prices, even if any boost is unrelated to oil exports.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. July 15 was the deadline for roughly 500 local governments in five states to decide whether to accept BP's settlement offers as...

  • TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and witness testimony began before the Public Utilities Commission in the hearing process that is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4. The state initially authorized TransCanada's project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.

  • BEIJING— A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.. In June 2011, oil spills from an oilfield jointly owned by Houston- based ConocoPhillips' Chinese subsidiary and CNOOC, China's main offshore oil and gas...

  • YANGON, Myanmar— From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal Southeast Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. After a four-month investigation, The Associated Press has found that at least...

  • AMES, Iowa, July 26- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Sunday for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within her first decade in office. "I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency," Clinton...