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  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles prosecutors filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against a utility for failing to immediately report a natural gas leak that has been gushing nonstop nearly 15 weeks. District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the charges aren't a solution to the problem, but Southern California Gas Co. needs to be held responsible for the leak that...

  • LOS ANGELES— City officials are acknowledging for the second time in recent months that the Port of Los Angeles failed to meet requirements to reduce pollution at a shipping terminal. An audit by the city-owned port found that the TraPac terminal near Wilmington did not comply with measures to improve air quality that were adopted years ago, the Los Angeles...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- China's capital has become notorious for its smog but the biggest contributors to local air pollution are industrial furnaces, district heating systems, residential fires and trucks rather than power plants. In 2013, the air over Beijing contained an average of 88 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre, compared with just 14-16 micrograms in the air...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 2- Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned auto bosses to Berlin on Tuesday to discuss ways to increase sales of low emissions electric and hybrid cars in the wake of Volkswagen's pollution cheating scandal. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi now rank 12th, 14th and 22nd respectively in terms of global sales of hybrid and electric vehicles, data from LMC...

  • The greenest stadium in the world? Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 9:53 AM ET

    Ireland's national stadium is set to become one of the greenest on the planet.

  • *Paris agreement has sparked more interest in green bonds. LONDON, Feb 2- The global agreement reached at the climate summit in Paris could prompt the amount of bonds this year issued to finance low-carbon projects to exceed $50 billion, Moody's Investor Service said on Tuesday. In the fourth quarter of last year, the issuance of green bonds reached $15.2 billion,...

  • ROME— Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman— or if they toss a cigarette butt on the street— after new health and environmental laws went into effect Tuesday. Piergiorgio Benvenuti, president of EcoItalia Solidale, said about 11 million cigarettes are smoked every day in Rome, half of them...

  • MELBOURNE/ BEIJING, Feb 2- China plans to boost its crackdown on illegal mining of rare earths by setting up a system to certify the origin of supplies of the materials, used in everything from fighter jets to mobile phones. Illegal Chinese output and smuggling have helped drag global rare earth prices to their lowest in around six years, hitting legitimate...

  • Hydrogen fuel cells… on a plane? Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 1:36 AM ET

    European airline easyJet has unveiled its plans for a zero emissions hydrogen fuel system.

  • Huge year for wind power in Europe Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 12:08 AM ET

    Offshore wind investments in Europe doubled in 2015, according to new data from the European Wind Energy Association.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 1- Volkswagen AG faces a Feb. 2 deadline to submit a repair plan for 80,000 diesel SUVs and larger cars that emit excess pollution, even as it considers buying back some vehicles and a prior fix plan for smaller vehicles was rejected. The second largest automaker still hasn't announced any timetable for winning approval from U.S. and California...

  • LOS ANGELES— Exxon Mobil Corp. won approval Monday for its plan to use trucks to move more than 17 million gallons of oil stranded in storage tanks after a California pipeline break in May. Eight months ago, the ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, fouling beaches near Santa Barbara and spreading goo as far as 100 miles.

  • Judge Patrick Falvey rejected arguments that officials in Tyre failed to adequately consider how the Lago Resort and Casino would affect the surrounding community under state environmental review law. A local group called Casino Free Tyre claims the town board did the bidding of casino developers by failing to scrutinize the effects of the large...

  • Feb 1- Lumber Liquidators Inc will pay $13.2 million in fines and forfeitures to resolve a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the import of certain flooring products in 2013, the Environmental Investigation Agency said. The penalties include $7.8 million in criminal fines, $1.23 million in community service payments, $969,175 in forfeited...

  • Feb 1- Lumber Liquidators Inc will pay $13.2 million in fines and forfeitures to resolve a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the import of certain flooring products in 2013, the Environmental Investigation Agency said. The hardwood flooring retailer's shares rose as much as 16.4 percent to $15.03 on Monday. Lumber Liquidators agreed in October...

  • WARRI, Nigeria— Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria's southern Bayelsa state, residents said Monday. The spill is "massive— the biggest in years," community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo told The Associated Press. Similar attacks a week earlier on gas and oil...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former environmental consultant at a chemical distributor was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $10,000 Monday for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Robert Reynolds was the first of six ex- Freedom Industries officials to be sentenced on pollution charges in federal court...

  • MODESTO, Calif.— Almond prices in California have dropped significantly in the past few months, giving environmentalists hope the slump will halt orchard plantings but experts say the industry's long-term prospects remain strong. The slowing down of economies in large world markets such as China has also contributed to the drop in prices, the Sacramento Bee...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Annette Smith has been fighting the power for more than 15 years, tenaciously opposing energy projects she believes harm the environment or quality of life in Vermont. Smith's efforts to give towns and local groups greater say in large-scale renewable energy projects are meant to "help those who cannot afford the high priced lawyers the...

  • The group, the Center for Biological Diversity, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, had challenged what it said was the U.S. Department of the Interior's practice of rubber-stamping fracking off California's coast without engaging the public or analyzing fracking's threats to ocean ecosystems, coastal communities and marine life.