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  • OTTAWA, Sept 4- Canada's top court ruled on Friday that a group of Ecuadorean villagers could pursue a multi-billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron Corp in the Canadian province of Ontario. The villagers are now going after Chevron's assets in Canada, Brazil and Argentina. The villagers can now continue with a 2012 lawsuit against Chevron's Canadian...

  • OSLO, Sept 4- Norway's $828 billion sovereign wealth fund believes a new rule curtailing its investments in coal-dependent businesses could lead it to sell shares in companies across the world worth about 55 billion Norwegian crowns, it said on Friday. Around 120 companies are likely to be affected, it said in a letter to the country's finance ministry.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 4- Canada's top court ruled on Friday that a group of Ecuadorean villagers could pursue a multi-billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron Corp in the Canadian province of Ontario. The villagers are now going after Chevron assets for countries in Canada, Brazil and Argentina. "Canadian courts, like many others, have adopted a generous and liberal...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said Thursday that the allegations, contained in a newly filed court declaration by Derek Chernow, Brown's fired acting director of the state Department of Conservation, were "baseless." Chernow's declaration, obtained by the Associated Press, was...

  • India's GVK gets approval for $10B Australian coal mine Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 11:51 PM ET
    Open cut coal mines, south of Blackwater, Queensland, Australia.

    Green groups lost a fight to stop India's GVK from building a coal mine in Australia, as an appeal against the project was dismissed.

  • India's GVK wins court fight over Australian coal mine Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 10:43 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Sept 4- Green groups lost a fight to stop billionaire Gina Rinehart and India's GVK from building a giant coal mine in Australia, as a court on Friday dismissed an appeal against the state of Queensland's environmental approval for the project. But the green group appealed that decision to the Supreme Court saying the Land Court did not have the right...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups signed a settlement agreement Thursday to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The New York- based Waterkeeper Alliance says the company will release more information about its efforts to stop oil from leaking at the site where one of its...

  • DENVER— Federal regulators have recommended that a northwestern Colorado coal mine threatened with closure partly over its impact on global warming remain open. Jackson's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by New Mexico- based WildEarth Guardians, which also has sued to challenge the San Juan coal mine in New Mexico and the Spring Creek mine near the...

  • MACKINAW CITY, Mich.— A company that ships oil through the Great Lakes pledged Thursday to keep heavy crude out of a pipeline in northern Michigan. "Although Enbridge does not and has not used Line 5 for heavy crude, I am pleased with the additional layer of protection this agreement provides to prevent an environmental and economic catastrophe in the Straits," said...

  • PHILADELPHIA— Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said. Troy Wragg, 34, of Georgia; Amanda Knorr, 32, of Pennsylvania; and Wayde McKelvy,...

  • Earth now has fewest trees since start of humankind Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 12:44 PM ET
    Deforestation in Liberia

    The number of trees has fallen by about 46 percent since the start of human civilization, one scientist estimates.

  • Judge orders mercury cleanup plan for Penobscot River Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 11:55 AM ET

    The lawsuit by the Maine People's Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council sought to force Mallinckrodt to conduct a more extensive cleanup that includes waters downstream. "After 40 years, Mallinckrodt finally has to clean up the mess they made," said Nancy Marks, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York.

  • COLUMBUS, Ky.— Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. The cargo tank was ruptured, causing thousands of gallons of oil to spill into the river, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard said it was working with the barge owner, Inland Marine Services, and an oil...

  • The report Thursday from the Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees is part of their broader effort to measure damage to the river's ecology from the release of polychlorinated biphenyls from two upriver General Electric plants in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls before 1977. The trustees say previously identified groundwater contamination in Fort Edward,...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Attorneys for BP told a federal appeals court Thursday that the company should be able to seek restitution of some of the money it paid in economic damage claims to businesses and individuals under a settlement arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Attorneys told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that restitution could involve more...

  • The big business of smart recycling Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 4:23 AM ET

    One company has developed tech that it says enables it to recycle plastics from complex, commingled waste streams.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 3- It's tempting to mould events to suit your view of how the world should be, and there seems to be plenty of that in the coal debate. They have been heartened by recent news of the closure of a small coal mine in Australia and the decision by the city council of Australia's Newcastle, home to the world's biggest coal export harbour, to divest...

  • TOKYO— An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission was unable to get a consensus on either short-term or long-term measures to help restore the bluefin...

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— The United States should end its ban on crude-oil exports and reduce federal regulations that are stifling an energy industry central to the nation's future economic prosperity, U.S. Marco Rubio said Wednesday to a friendly group of mostly oil and natural gas producers. The GOP presidential hopeful from Florida unveiled some highlights of his...

  • BOSTON, Sept 2- An Oscar-nominated HBO documentary that showed American homeowners near hydraulic fracturing sites setting fire to their tap water may have been the main trigger for a surge in public opposition to the oil and gas production technique, according to a study to be published next month. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year concluded...