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  • DC's fight against climate change

    President Obama is unveiling the first-ever limits on power plant carbon emissions today. Brian Deese, White House senior advisor, discusses emission targets, and investments in cleaner sources of energy to fight climate change.

  • NEW YORK— Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country's biggest coal producers, became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid an historic shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations. Alpha operates about 60 coal mines, many in parts of Appalachia that have seen...

  • Pelosi said the pope's manifesto, which called for a bold cultural revolution, carried a moral authority with the power to directly shape public sentiment on the issue, and perhaps in turn influence members of Congress. The California Democrat and House minority leader made the comments as President Barack Obama prepared to unveil later in the day new...

  • FP&L is the state's largest electric utility, and NextEra operates in 26 other states and Canada. Now, NextEra is opening its own coffers to support Right to Rise, the super PAC formed to help Bush's bid for the presidency. Kristy Campbell, a Bush campaign spokeswoman, denied any conflict of interest in Bush's relationship with NextEra.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama's unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both...

  • To Cheryl Hendricks in parched California, it's simple: To put food on the table "we rely on agriculture." She and her husband are taking shorter showers and removing lawn in response to California's four-year drought, but for growers and ranchers "it's more important for them to have it. In California, for example, agriculture accounts for 80 percent of all water...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 2- President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle between federal environmental regulators and coal industry supporters. The White House said its revised Clean Power Plan will increase the required...

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 3- London copper slipped on Monday on jitters over China's economic health, after factory growth stuttered in July and a central bank official said downward pressure on the economy would persist into the second half. *Growth at China's big manufacturing companies unexpectedly stalled in July as demand at home and abroad weakened, an official...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Aug 2- The United Nations 193- member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September. "The sheer size, the depth and the complexity of this agenda challenges all of us, challenges the...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. The six New England governors say reining in the costs is a...

  • WASHINGTON— Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states. Yet it will be up to Obama's successor to implement his plan, which has faced steep Republican...

  • NEW YORK— President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, the Obama...

  • Obama to unveil tougher climate plan Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in response to the Iran Nuclear Deal on July 15, 2015 in Washington.

    President Obama will unveil regulations representing the strongest US action ever taken against climate change on Monday. The New York Times reports.

  • Cecil's brother believed alive despite reports Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 5:46 PM ET
    Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental in Bloomington, Minnesota, on July 29, 2015, during a protest against Cecil's killing.

    News that the lion's sibling Jericho was killed has been denied by researchers, as the hunter who admitted he killed Cecil is in touch with feds.

  • Pacific trade round ends in deadlock Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 9:33 AM ET
    Protest against the TTP trade agreement outside the U.S. Trade Representative's office in Washington.

    The U.S. and 11 Pacific nations failed to reach a trade agreement, with talks on the largest regional trade agreement ever ending in deadlock.

  • Polar bears skating on thin (Arctic) ice: Study Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    A female polar bear looking up at the Polar Sea icebreaker on the pack ice over deep waters in the Arctic Ocean.

    Warmer summers and other factors have experts predicting the polar bear may not be able to deal with a warming climate.

  • FP&L is the state's largest electric utility, and NextEra operates in 26 other states and Canada. Now, NextEra is opening its own coffers to support Right to Rise, the super PAC formed to help Bush's bid for the presidency. Kristy Campbell, a Bush campaign spokeswoman, denied any conflict of interest in Bush's relationship with NextEra.

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexico's largest pet store chain has agreed to stop selling 47 species of birds and other animals native to Mexico, 18 of which are considered at risk or in danger of extinction. The Maskota store chain also has agreed with the government to stop selling 154 non-native species, 138 of which are considered invasive if released into the environment.

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. nuclear industry has made a last-minute push to urge the Obama administration to protect the country's 100 nuclear units in its forthcoming carbon rule and prevent the early retirement of several plants. Representatives of the Nuclear Energy Institute met on July 21 with White House officials who are currently reviewing the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...