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  • Explosion at chemical plant in eastern China kills 1 Sunday, 23 Aug 2015 | 1:07 AM ET

    BEIJING— An explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China killed one person and injured nine others, a state news agency reported Sunday, less than two weeks after a similar disaster at a chemical warehouse killed 123 people. The explosion occurred just before 9 p.m. Saturday in Zibo, a city southeast of Beijing in Shandong province, the Xinhua News Agency said.

  • EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 12:42 AM ET

    The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. The plan was produced by Environmental Restoration LLC, a private contractor working for the EPA. EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said Saturday she could not immediately answer questions about the matter.

  • BOOK CLIFFS, Utah— On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. Across the rolling green hills of the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah, about 165 miles from Salt...

  • These behaviors could up your risk of Alzheimer's Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    There are a number of diet and lifestyle choices that accompany Alzheimer's risk, according to a new study.

  • North Dakota is leading a lawsuit filed on June 29 challenging an Obama administration rule that gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. District Judge Ralph Erickson in North Dakota to suspend the new guidelines they claim are...

  • PHOENIX— The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the Southwest, to prevent erosion. It was brought to the U.S. as a method to prevent erosion along bodies of water like the Colorado River. The invasive plant is difficult to eradicate because of its...

  • Mass of dead fish stoke Tianjin toxicity fears Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:11 PM ET
    Dead fish float along the shore of Haihe River Dam on August 20, 2015 in Tianjin, China.

    Onlookers gathered on Thursday to watch dead fish wash up near the Tianjin blast site, the New York Times reports.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 20- Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. She said Brazil is committed to reducing deforestation in the Amazon to zero by 2030.. Germany's Development Ministry will...

  • The EPA said in recent days that poisons including lead and thallium have been detected in river sediment samples collected from the Animas River, which travels from Colorado into northern New Mexico, joining the San Juan River before emptying into Lake Powell along the Utah- Arizona border. In Colorado, contaminants exceeding drinking-water standards were...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 20- July was the warmest month ever on record worldwide and 2015 has been so far the hottest year, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday, just over three months to go before world leaders seek to reach a climate agreement in Paris. The record comes after NOAA and the U.S. space agency NASA said in January that 2014...

  • Germany and Brazil join forces on climate change action Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 2:42 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Aug 20- Germany and Brazil committed on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, a move that puts the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. Germany's Development Ministry will provide Brazil 525 million euros in loans to fund the development of renewable energy sources...

  • Fracking foes sue Ohio elections chief over ballot ruling Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Residents in three Ohio counties contend in a lawsuit that Secretary of State Jon Husted violated their rights when he invalidated ballot proposals they offered that would have restricted development projects related to the gas-drilling technique known as fracking. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund helped the residents in...

  • Florida regulators: Real milk has added vitamins Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
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    The state says a creamery must call all-natural skim milk with nothing added "imitation."

  • Why drought-struck California is demolishing a dam Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Workmen stand at the base of the largest dam removal in California history: workers tearing down the San Clemente Dam in Monterey County.

    With California mired in drought, it might seem odd there's a dam demolition underway.

  • DuPont spinoff Chemours closing Delaware chemical plant Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:29 AM ET

    DOVER, Del.— The Chemours Co. is closing its Delaware titanium dioxide production facility, which employs about 200 workers, the former performance chemicals business spun off from the DuPont Co. said Thursday. In addition to closing the Edge Moor manufacturing site near Wilmington, Chemours is shutting down a titanium dioxide production line in New...

  • SHANGHAI— The man unveiled as principal owner of the warehouses at the center of deadly blasts in Tianjin also is on the board of a state-owned company that is ultimately controlled by the same powerful entity investigating the explosions, an Associated Press review of public documents found. Yu's connections hint at the extent of his political network and...

  • Audi set to rival Tesla's Model X with electric SUV Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    German automaker Audi is set to rival Tesla's much anticipated Model X with the unveiling of an electric car with a range of over 310 miles.

  • Climate boss says EU can only back a strong Paris deal Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 9:53 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Aug 20- The European Union will support a U.N. deal to cap global warming only if the agreement is legally binding and includes regular reviews to ensure words translate into deeds, Europe's climate boss said on Thursday. With just 10 days scheduled for formal negotiations before landmark talks begin in Paris on Nov. 30, preparations are painfully slow.

  • Could China’s CO2 emissions be less than we thought? Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 1:55 AM ET
    A cyclist wearing mask rides along a road in Nanjing, China.

    Scientists may have been overestimating China’s emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 10 percent, the New York Times reports.

  • Tianjin's deadly blasts expose China's work safety woes Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 1:18 AM ET

    BEIJING— By official data, China is becoming safer from accidents year after year. But the explosions over the Tianjin port last week are a stark reminder that it has far to go in preventing workplace disasters— from blasts on factory floors to leaks of oil pipes and warehouse fires. The blasts that started at a hazardous material warehouse in the eastern city of...