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  • A federal judge in San Francisco has granted preliminary approval to a $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. The terms call for the German carmaker to spend up to $10 billion buying back or repairing about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audi vehicles with 2- liter diesel engines and paying their owners an additional $5,100 to...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The New York and Massachusetts attorneys general are refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking records about their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. In an escalating political fight over global warming, the chairman of the House Science Committee is pursuing records from...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Volkswagen AG 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 Tuesday. Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board rejected, as insufficient, a plan to fix the vehicles, VW and Audi luxury cars from model years 2009-2016. At a court...

  • Droughts, heat waves and other "climate disasters" enhance the risk of war and conflict in parts of the world with "high ethnic diversity," according to a new study.

  • Sustainable Energy takes a look at some of the ideas – and attitudes – that could help to transform the way we think about air travel.

  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates might not seem like an obvious spot to begin and end a globe-spanning flight promoting renewable energy. One way is by backing the Solar Impulse 2 solar plane, which ended its groundbreaking round-the-world flight on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi and counts Emirati renewable-energy company Masdar among its...

  • —$12,500 to $44, 000: Range of values for the affected Volkswagen diesels before the scandal became public on Sept. 18, 2015. Owners who sell their cars back to VW would get the clean trade-in value as determined by the National Automobile Dealers Association depending on the model, age, mileage and options on their car. —$5,100 to $10, 000: Amount of additional...

  • Solar Impulse 2 makes its final approach for landing at Al Batin Airport in Abu Dhabi on July 26, 2016.

    The Solar Impulse 2 has landed more than a year after its initial take off, completing the first round-the-world flight powered by solar energy.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A nearly $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge giving preliminary approval to the deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. The German carmaker has agreed to spend up to $10 billion buying back or repairing about 475,000...

  • The Group of 20 meeting may have had the spotlight in Chengdu, China, but the city's perennial stars are its giant pandas.

  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000- mile journey that began more than a year ago. After landing the plane, pilot Bertrand Piccard was greeted outside the cockpit by his Solar Impulse partner and...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Mead said he expects a conference will take place in Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state, within a year that would allow Japanese researchers to work on coal issues with researchers from the University of Wyoming School of Energy...

  • BOISE, Idaho— An Idaho environmental group is accusing a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste. The Idaho Conservation League announced Monday that it has notified Novolex, which has a plant in Idaho, that it must begin filing information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's toxic-release inventory...

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday paved the way for new curbs on emissions from passenger jets by ruling that greenhouse gases from airplanes endanger public health. The finding, which requires the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft under the federal Clean Air Act, removes a hurdle to implementing...

  • NEW YORK, July 25- A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information from a background check on a passenger bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the investigative firm conducting the probe may have engaged in criminal conduct. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan also faulted the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The U.S. The endangerment finding triggers the EPA to start a rule- making process for a greenhouse gas emission standard for aircraft. The EPA said the standard would be "at least as stringent" as one developed by the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization.

  • NEW YORK, July 25- A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information obtained in a background check of a plaintiff bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the firm that conducted the investigation engaged in "arguably" criminal conduct. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said the firm,...

  • WASHINGTON, July 25- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized its determination that greenhouse gases from airplanes endangers public health, a decision that requires the agency to regulate emissions from U.S. aircraft. The endangerment finding triggers the EPA to start a rule- making process for greenhouse gas emission standard for...

  • LONDON, July 25- Zinc resumed its rally on Monday, powered by falling mine supply and copper fell as a sharp drop in oil prices overshadowed expectations of looser global central bank policy. G20 finance chiefs vowed at the weekend to use "all policy tools" to lift global growth after a meeting dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from the European Union.

  • LONDON, July 25- Zinc resumed its rally on Monday powered by falling mine supply, while copper edged up on expected looser global central bank policy. G20 finance chiefs vowed at the weekend to use "all policy tools" to lift global growth after a meeting dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from Europe. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.4...