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  • NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups and a New Orleans energy company have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Energy company announces settlement in lawsuit over decade-old oil leak in Gulf of Mexico.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- Lower prices should help stimulate oil consumption in advanced economies, restoring some of the demand lost over the last decade, as the cost of crude soared from less than $50 to more than $100 per barrel. Between 2005 and 2014, oil demand in the rich countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development fell in seven of the 10...

  • *U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett "jumpstarted" the project. *Kazakhstan suffered from Soviet-era nuclear tests. ASTANA, Aug 27- The International Atomic Energy Agency and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on Thursday to locate the first internationally-controlled bank of low-enriched uranium in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for power stations...

  • A mobile granulator is helping farmers produce biomass on site - how?

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday. During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The federal government plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse in Western states— regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Vilsack told The Associated Press that he wants to almost double protected habitat for the...

  • *U.S. billionaire Warren Buffett "jumpstarted" the project. *Kazakhstan suffered from Soviet-era nuclear tests. ASTANA, Aug 27- The International Atomic Energy Agency and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on Thursday to locate the world's first bank of low-enriched uranium in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for power stations and prevent nuclear...

  • U.N. chief urges world leaders to speed up climate talks Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    *Climate talks in Paris aim for global climate deal. PARIS, Aug 26- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon urged world leaders on Wednesday to look beyond their national interests and make sure a global deal to fight climate change is agreed at talks in Paris this year. With just 10 days scheduled for formal negotiations before the climate summit begins in...

  • The nasty truth about stopping '100-year storms' Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    The reinforced levee stands in the Lower Ninth Ward, on July 22, 2015, in New Orleans.

    The New Orleans levees are better than they were when Katrina struck, but preparing for hurricanes is riddled with uncertainty.

  • Lawmaker sees opening for appeal of $225M Exxon ruling Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:06 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— While a New Jersey judge approved the state's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, he expressed concern over delayed cleanup at a polluted creek, which a state lawmaker says could open up a route to appeal the decision. Raymond Lesniak said he believes Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan's concerns could give him an opportunity to appeal the...

  • Aug 25- A food safety advocacy group sued an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday, saying it illegally withheld public information on genetically engineered crops. The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Food Safety against the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, claims the regulator has routinely failed to respond as required to...

  • Aug 25- Exxon Mobil Corp's $225 million settlement with the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, over the objections of critics who called the accord a sellout. Judge Michael Hogan of the State Superior Court called the accord a "reasonable compromise...

  • The Silverton Board of Trustees and the San Juan County Commission approved a joint resolution Monday to seek the money. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had pushed for 25 years to grant Superfund status to the Gold King mine and other idled 19th century mines leaking heavy metals above Silverton. Local authorities spurned federal intervention,...

  • Aug 25- Exxon Mobil Corp's controversial $225 million settlement with New Jersey of a longstanding environmental pollution case won approval on Tuesday from a state judge, despite objections from critics who viewed the accord as a sellout. Judge Michael Hogan of the State Superior Court called the accord a "reasonable compromise" even though the payout was...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— After originally seeking $8.9 billion, New Jersey's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over dozens of polluted sites is a reasonable compromise considering the substantial legal risks the state faced, a judge ruled Tuesday in approving a deal that Gov. He noted that the settlement is on top of Exxon's responsibility to clean up the sites,...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Advocates pushing for General Electric Co. to extend its massive dredging of the upper Hudson River beyond this year are alarmed by the revelation that the company has begun winding down some operations at the plant processing contaminated river sediment. And some plumbing and electric work has been disconnected in areas of the plant no longer...

  • Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:47 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine. The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees the loss of many crops, Shiprock Chapter President...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. and China officials took a major step Tuesday toward an agreement to advance "clean coal" technologies that purport to reduce the fuel's contribution to climate change— and could offer a potential lifeline for an industry that's seen its fortunes fade. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and China's National Energy...

  • *H&M plans new push on recycling materials. STOCKHOLM, Aug 24- Hennes& Mauritz, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, is launching a new effort to promote recycling as it seeks to cut its environmental impact, boost its ethical credentials and address looming shortages of raw materials. Sweden's H&M, which is launching a line of jeans containing recycled...