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  • SAN FRANCISCO— In a story Sept. 23 about a bill to protect whales from fishing gear for Dungeness crab, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that backed the legislation. The group is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Environmental Diversity. California's governor has signed legislation to protect...

  • TUNIS, Tunisia— Struggling with extremism and economic woes, Tunisia now faces another menace: persistent drought across several regions that is creating new social tensions and threatening farming, a pillar of the economy. A lack of rain, combined with years of bad resource management, has left reservoirs and dams at exceptionally low levels that could lead to...

  • JOHANNESBURG— Poaching syndicates shipped large amounts of African elephant ivory last year despite global calls to dismantle the trafficking networks that often collude with corrupt officials, conservationists said as an international wildlife conference opened Saturday in South Africa. The plight of elephants dominated the discussion on the first...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to pay a $6 million fine for a big spill that coated the Dan River with liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina's environment agency said Friday. The spill coated 70 miles of the river on the North Carolina- Virginia border in more than 30,000 tons of sludge after a pipe burst at a holding pit at Duke Energy's power plant in...

  • Jerry Brown announced Friday that he signed legislation meant to bring down the record numbers of whales getting caught in fishing gear meant for Dungeness crabs, causing unknown numbers of the entangled mammals to drown or starve. Crab fishermen joined environmental groups in backing the legislation after federal agencies logged 61 reports of entangled...

  • The land deal is a blow to the Sioux and other protesters who claim the pipeline would damage ancient burial sites and pose an environmental risk to the tribe's water supply. When fully connected to existing lines, the 1,100- mile Dakota Access pipeline would be the first to carry crude oil from the Bakken shale, a vast oil formation in North Dakota, Montana and...

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    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has called off its La Nina watch, which means more uncertainty in forecasts.

  • ENERGY INVESTMENTS HOLD GRAVE RISK OF ACCIDENTS, ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER, FED SAYS.

  • BRUSSELS— Talks for a massive free trade deal between the United States and European Union, the world's biggest economies, appear to be on the rocks. An accord was supposed to breathe new life into global trade, setting a shining example for other countries as they debate whether to knock down barriers to commerce or insulate their home industries.

  • CARACAS, Sept 22- Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA on Thursday said its lease of Curacao's Isla refinery was not up for negotiations yet, days after the island announced a preliminary deal with China's Guangdong Zhenrong Energy to operate the complex. Curacao's government said on Monday it has signed a preliminary agreement with Guangdong Zhenrong Energy...

  • MULBERRY, Fla.— A federal lawsuit was filed late Thursday by three central Florida residents who live near a fertilizer plant where more than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater leaked into one of the state's main underground sources of drinking water. The lawsuit, filed by the Florida law firm of Morgan and Morgan and by Weitz& Luxenberg of New York,...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Native American tribes took their fight to Washington on Thursday to stop development of a $3.7 billion oil pipeline, as Democrats in the U.S. Congress urged the federal government to scrap construction permits and reconsider the project. Representative Raul Grijalva, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Natural...

  • TIRANA, Albania— Albania's parliament has passed a law on importing garbage from foreign countries that was opposed by environmental activists and the opposition. Dozens of environmental activities protested outside parliament, saying Albania will turn into a dumping ground with dangerous consequences. Albania is hoping to launch EU membership talks.

  • Research published this year found that Dungeness crab eggs and larvae collected from Puget Sound and exposed to higher levels of carbon dioxide— which increases ocean acidity— grew more slowly and larvae were more likely to die than those in less corrosive seawater. "They're so economically and ecologically important here on the West Coast," said Paul...

  • BERLIN, Sept 22- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney called for faster development of green bond markets to reduce climate change risks for the world economy and urged Germany to use its presidency of the Group of 20 economies in 2017 to make progress. "The development of this new global asset class is an opportunity to advance a low carbon future while raising...

  • NEW ORLEANS— The Latest on a court fight over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing leak of oil from a site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004:. Environmental attorneys and an energy company have agreed to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents concerning an ongoing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico from an offshore site damaged...

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    A foam made from coffee grounds, silicone and sugar can remove lead and mercury from water.

  • WASHINGTON— The United States and other countries are ramping up pressure on world leaders to quickly phase out the use of a chemical contributing to global warming. The White House says more than 100 countries are calling for an "early freeze date" for hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. The White House says philanthropic groups including the Hewlett Foundation and...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana regulators on Thursday turned back an effort by environmentalists, health advocates and some landowners who sought to force energy companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals used to produce oil and gas. The Montana Oil and Gas Conservation Board voted unanimously against a petition that would have made...

  • MADRID— A Spanish court has convicted and fined an American mining company executive and two other people for environmental offences committed by a Spanish copper mining firm. The southern Seville court said Thursday that Bill Williams, former water director at the Cobre Las Cruces open pit mine, and two others, had been fined 2,700 euros each for mismanaging...