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  • 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...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A long-simmering dispute over dumping dredged materials from rivers and harbors into Long Island Sound has flared up again with a new federal plan to govern disposal sites. Connecticut backs the disposal of materials in designated areas while New York state and environmental activists are calling for the reuse of sediments.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— State and federal agencies have agreed on a plan for demolishing huge buildings and other facilities from a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio. "With this document in place, DOE can begin its work to secure funding and mobilize for cleanup," Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler said in a statement.

  • NEW ORLEANS— Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Court papers filed Thursday show attorneys are working toward a Nov. 16 date but may seek to push the trial back to Nov. 30. Federal prosecutors say Mix deleted text messages about the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Beaches along the Santa Barbara County coast remained open to swimmers, surfers and sunbathers Friday as the Coast Guard worked to determine whether an oil slick that materialized just offshore this week was simply the result of natural ocean-floor seepage. That's the conclusion Jordan Clark, professor of earth science and environmental...

  • A blockade in Portland, Oregon, that included environmental protesters dangling from a bridge unsuccessfully attempted to keep a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic. Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other companies want to tap into U.S. Offshore Alaska offers some of the most prolific, undeveloped hydrocarbon basins in the world,...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation. The Fennica left dry dock Thursday afternoon and made its way down the Willamette River toward the Pacific Ocean soon after...

  • 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...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into...