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  • FRANKFURT, July 29- Volkswagen said on Friday it regretted the Washington Department of Ecology's decision to fine it $176 million over its emissions scandal, saying the move ran counter to efforts to resolve U.S. consumer claims collectively. On Thursday, the Washington Department of Ecology said it had fined VW $176 million for installing illegal software...

  • Workers pour cocoa beans into a floor trap for cleaning and micronizing at the Olam Cocoa factory on Friday, May 13, 2016.

    If you've ever had a McDonald's burger, there is a very good chance the onions in it were supplied by Olam.

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned steel complex in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said in tallying the damage from what it has called the country's worst environmental disaster. The pollution from a unit of Formosa Plastics Group also...

  • The pollution from a unit of Formosa Plastics Group also decimated tourism in central provinces, the Thanh Nien newspaper on Friday quoted the government saying in a report to the National Assembly. The report said the government must learn from the incident and carry out proper oversight of the environment, especially when the country wants to attract more...

  • SCHENECTADY, N.Y.— State conservation officers have seized more than 1,100 pounds of undersized lobsters from two Price Chopper supermarkets and the company's distribution center. The Department of Environmental Conservation says Thursday an investigation was launched in March when officers found short lobsters at two Price Chopper stores in...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— In a story July 27 about energy proposals in New York, The Associated Press misidentified the name of an environmental organization. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council. ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state committed last year to generating half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2030..

  • Residents at Findhorn Ecovillage, an environmentally friendly, self sufficient community, meditate in a circle by their grass roof cabin, Scotland.

    Sustainable Energy takes a look at one community where the environment and sustainability are at its core.

  • BERLIN— Volkswagen says second-quarter profits fell by more than half compared with the same period last year, before the company was hit by the emissions cheating scandal. The German automaker says it earned 1.2 billion euros after tax in the April-June period, compared with 2.7 billion euros in the second quarter of 2015.. The company, whose brands also...

  • Two dams of an iron mine belonging to Samarco (a Vale joint venture) broke in the city of Mariana on 5 Nov, 2015.

    BHP said the provision partly reflected uncertainty on when Samarco, its iron ore joint venture with Brazil's Vale, would restart.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state committed last year to generating half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.. On Long Island, regulators will soon vote on a plan to authorize the largest offshore wind farm in the United States. In Albany, the state's Public Service Commission is considering a series of big subsidies for upstate nuclear power plants to...

  • Under agreements reached with Wyoming, New Mexico and Indiana, about 15 percent of Peabody's $1.2 billion in self-bonds will be secured by debtor-in-possession financing during its bankruptcy. Wyoming can receive $127 million cash if Peabody were to walk away from reclamation in that state while in bankruptcy, New Mexico $32 million and Indiana $17 million.

  • The first half of 2016 saw 14 billion euros of new investment in Europe's offshore wind industry, according to a new report.

  • District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco set an Oct. 18 hearing for final approval. Volkswagen also plans to offer a new proposal to fix 85,000 polluting 3.0 liter vehicles after regulators rejected an earlier plan, a Justice Department lawyer said on Tuesday. At the hearing, Justice Department lawyer Joshua Van Eaton said the German automaker had been...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The Texas company planning a crude oil pipeline that will cut across Iowa received the final federal permit approvals Tuesday needed to proceed with construction. Documents posted by the Iowa Utilities Board show the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved 60 river crossings in Iowa for Dakota Access, a decision pipeline opponents hoped to stop.

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- The top state prosecutors in New York and Massachusetts said on Tuesday they will refuse to comply with a subpoena from U.S. congressmen for details on their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks. The moves by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura...

  • NEW YORK, July 26- Valero Energy Corp, the largest U.S. refiner, expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year thanks to the rising cost of meeting government mandates to blend biofuels. For the full year, the company's cost to blend renewable fuels like ethanol will swell to between $750 million to $850 million, mainly to pay for the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- New York state's attorney general on Tuesday said his office will not comply with a subpoena issued by U.S. congressmen for details on its probe of whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks, saying it interferes with the state's "sovereign" interests. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives committee on...

  • A father shows his son the awful smelling algae hugging the shoreline of the St. Lucie River on July 11, 2016 in Stuart, Florida.

    There are several massive harmful algae blooms in the news, raising the question of what is making them more common.

  • TransCanada is behind the Energy East Pipeline project, a 4,600- kilometer pipeline, or nearly 3,000 miles, that would carry crude oil from tar sands in Western Canada to the East Coast, where it would then be shipped to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Plans call for converting a natural gas line for part of the route and then building a new pipeline to...

  • District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco set an Oct. 18 hearing for final approval. Volkswagen also plans to offer a new proposal to fix 85,000 polluting 3.0 liter vehicles after regulators rejected an earlier plan, a Justice Department lawyer said on Tuesday. At the hearing, Justice Department lawyer Joshua Van Eaton said the German automaker had been...