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  • GLEN FERRIS, W.Va.— CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. On Feb. 16, 27 cars of a CSX train's 109 cars derailed during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Under a March consent order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the railroad agreed to a long-term...

  • VATICAN CITY— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the European Union on Tuesday for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigration, saying the EU must come up with a Europe- wide immigration policy or stop pretending it's a union. "As a proud Italian-American, I am deeply troubled by the lack of action by the European Union and the way that Italy has been left...

  • BRATTLEBORO, Vt.— State officials have decided to change plans for the disbursement of $10 million in economic development funds that will be used to help cushion the economic blow from the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Patricia Moulton, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told The Rutland Herald the changes were...

  • Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or business, creating an enormous financial opportunity for the airlines. The number of passengers worldwide could more than double, to 7.3 billion a year, in the next two decades, according to the International Air Transport...

  • GIBRALTAR, Mich.— Michigan announced Tuesday that it is providing $2.2 million in incentives for an Ohio company's planned $53 million redevelopment of a former Detroit- area steel mill. It includes $1 million Clean Michigan Initiative Brownfield Redevelopment loan, $1 million Revitalization Revolving loan and $245,000 Clean Michigan Initiative grant.

  • VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis: Lots of hope Paris talks will end with ambitious deal to reduce global warming.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A plan to run a 1,000- megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key support in the Green Mountain State. Vermont officials and TDI New England CEO Donald Jessome said Tuesday the company had reached agreements with four state agencies, three towns and the state's...

  • PARIS— French President Francois Hollande is calling for an ambitious accord on the climate to address the threat of global warming. Hollande isn't at the Vatican climate conference, but he made the call at a Paris conference of religious and political leaders. Halfway through the year, 47 countries— out of 195 members of the U.N. climate talks— have presented...

  • The Latest: NYC mayor denounces EU over immigration Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 5:19 AM ET

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has denounced the European Union for leaving Italy to deal with waves of immigrants coming from North Africa, saying the EU must come up with a Europe- wide immigration policy. De Blasio, whose grandparents emigrated from Italy to New York, said he was "deeply troubled by the lack of action by the European Union and the way that Italy...

  • BANGKOK— Plans to build an 800- megawatt coal power plant and seaport near some of Thailand's most popular beaches have sparked protests and a hunger strike by activists who say energy officials are pushing ahead with the project without considering its impact on the pristine environment that makes the area an international tourist escape.

  • World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    VATICAN CITY— Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power. The Vatican invited the 60 mayors to a two-day conference to keep up pressure on world...

  • LONDON, July 20- If you're wondering why aluminium prices on the London Metal Exchange are hovering around six-year lows, you need look no further than the latest production report from the International Aluminium Institute. To be fair, some producers such as Alcoa have been trimming back higher-cost production but their efforts have been swamped by the...

  • CALGARY, July 20- The builder of a ruptured Nexen Energy oil sands pipeline in Canada that caused one of North America's largest oil-related land spills said on Monday it had followed the design plans it was given for the infrastructure. Surerus Pipeline Inc, a contractor based in Fort St. John in British Columbia, "had no involvement in this project after the...

  • NEW YORK— The plan for a museum in the city that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved a step forward Monday, officials said. The state Board of Regents, meeting in Albany, approved a five-year provisional charter for the museum, Regents spokesman Tom Dunn said.

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Utah state officials have given the go-ahead for a tar sands mine under construction on the eastern flank of the state. Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining director John Baza said Monday that his decision addresses concerns raised by opposition while acknowledging that U.S. Oil Sands Inc., the Canadian company building the mine, has complied with...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident's cause. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train loaded with crude from North Dakota was traveling 44 mph before Thursday's wreck, U.S....

  • LONDON, July 20- If you're wondering why aluminum prices on the London Metal Exchange are hovering around six-year lows, you need look no further than the latest production report from the International Aluminum Institute. To be fair, some producers such as Alcoa have been trimming back higher-cost production but their efforts have been swamped by the...

  • Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican Tuesday to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects. Already, the Vatican has engaged Nobel science laureates, global faith leaders, the U.N. leadership, eco-friendly businesses and...

  • Will Asia disrupt energy financing? Sunday, 19 Jul 2015 | 7:27 PM ET
    A man boats in the Jiaxing, Zhejiang province of China, which built its first solar power station above a 160,000-square-meter fishpond.

    Faced with a yawning energy deficit and a need to protect against climate change, Asia is looking at fresh ways to finance a shift toward renewables.

  • *Australia is major coal producer. SYDNEY, July 20- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's hostility to "visually awful" wind farms has sent a chill through the industry and could jeopardize the country's biggest renewable energy project, a $2 billion- plus wind and solar plant in the country's north. The anti-wind farm decree could stop the CEFC from providing...