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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...

  • A foam filter made with used coffee grounds removes lead and mercury from contaminated water.

    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...

  • BERLIN— Energy company Vattenfall AB says it has received approval from the European Commission to sell its loss-making coal assets in Germany. The Swedish state-owned company said Thursday that it expects the transfer to Czech energy company EPH and private equity group PPF Investments to be completed in the coming weeks. The assets include four active...

  • Major automakers escalated a fight to delay or revise the Obama administration's ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions through 2025.

  • NEW ORLEANS— Environmental attorneys and a New Orleans energy company agreed Thursday to work out differences over the confidentiality of documents related to an ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil leak from an offshore site damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.. Environmental groups including Waterkeeper Alliance, Apalachicola Riverkeeper and the Louisiana...

  • BATON ROUGE, La.— Gulf oil spill recovery money intended for testing to ensure fish caught off Louisiana were safe for consumers instead paid for unnecessary iPads, cameras, boats and now-missing fishing equipment, state auditors said, calling the safety program so mismanaged it couldn't even declare if the catch was fit to eat. Energy giant BP PLC gave Louisiana...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— On the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea. "If this continues... the ecosystem as a whole is under a pretty significant threat," said Jason Curry, a spokesman for Utah's Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. The state estimates that the...

  • Climate Change

    Sustainable Energy for All's Rachel Kyte says the Paris climate agreement had taken a bottom-up approach with each country proposing their own plans.