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  • 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.

  • The issue is not whether vehicle fuel economy will improve, Mitch Bainwol, head of the industry trade group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in testimony to be delivered on Thursday to a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, "but rather how will automakers meet the aggressive standards currently in place, by when and at what cost to...

  • Sept 21- ExxonMobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million to Montana and the U.S. government to restore natural resources damaged or destroyed by a pipeline rupture in 2011 that spilled oil into the Yellowstone River, according to a settlement proposed on Wednesday. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's Silvertip pipeline burst July 1, 2011 at a crossing beneath the...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON— A government report released Wednesday said climate change is likely to pose a significant national security challenge for the U.S. over the next two decades by heightening social and political tensions, threatening the stability of some countries and increasing risks to human health. The White House said there is an increasing need for...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The United States and Canada have brokered a deal to share what's left of the dwindling North American cod fishing business in the Atlantic next year. The agreement with Canada represents an 8 metric ton increase for the U.S. and a 96 metric ton increase for Canada, leaving some in the U.S. fishing industry irked. "Cod fish is very important to the...

  • The Natural Resources Defense Council concluded that the TVs made by Samsung, LG Electronics and Vizio saddle households with an extra $120 million in electricity bills each year and generate tons of additional pollution. The added expense works out to about $10 to $20 per household annually over the anticipated decade-long life of the typical widescreen...

  • John Bel Edwards on Wednesday accused Louisiana's attorney general of fabricating politically motivated reasons for rejecting the lawyer's contract to represent the state in litigation against oil and gas companies over coastal wetland loss. Edwards said Attorney General Jeff Landry either doesn't understand or is intentionally misrepresenting...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21- An agreement to fight global warming came one step closer to taking effect on Wednesday when dozens of countries deposited their ratification of the deal at the United Nations, taking the total to 60, U.N. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 countries in Paris last December, needs ratification by at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Latest on a legal settlement from damages caused by a 2011 Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spill into Montana's Yellowstone River:. Exxon Mobil has agreed to pay $12 million to settle damage claims over an oil pipeline break in the Yellowstone River, but it faces further potential fines for pollution violations. Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay...

  • Sept. 18: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Volkswagen installed software on more than 475,000 cars that enabled them to cheat on emissions tests. The EPA was alerted to the discrepancy in a report from the International Council on Clean Transportation. Sept. 25: Volkswagen appoints Matthias Mueller, the head of the group's Porsche unit, as the new CEO.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21- An agreement to fight global warming came one step closer to taking effect on Wednesday when dozens of countries deposited their ratification of the deal at the United Nations, taking the total to 60, U.N. The deal, agreed by nearly 200 countries in Paris last December, needs ratification by at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of...