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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. The states, led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas, and several major business...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups...

  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. "We disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died. Experts cite two key reasons for California farms' strong showing even in dry times: a California almond boom fed by surging demand from China...

  • A look at Obama's final budget proposal Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 11:03 AM ET

    —Obama's budget for the Agriculture Department includes a proposed $12 billion over 10 years to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer. Spending that needs Congress' annual approval: $24.2 billion. Spending that needs Congress' approval: $9.7 billion.

  • BERLIN, Feb 9- German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution on Tuesday, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500 X compact sport-utility vehicle of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions. DUH has already accused General Motors' Opel division, Renault and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand of...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The country's largest electric company is being fined $6.6 million for environmental pollution related to a big spill of liquefied coal ash in 2014, North Carolina environmental regulators said Tuesday. The fine covers violations that Duke Energy admitted when it pleaded guilty to federal pollution crimes nine months ago and agreed to pay...

  • BERLIN, Feb 9- German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution on Tuesday, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500 X compact sport-utility vehicle of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions. DUH has already accused General Motors' Opel division, Renault and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand of...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama sent Congress his eighth and final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to fighting growing threats from Islamic State militants. The proposal has dim prospects of winning approval in a GOP- controlled Congress.

  • Chinese competition is limited: Vestas CEO Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 3:32 AM ET
    Chinese competition is limited: Vestas CEO

    Anders Runevad, CEO of Vestas, talks about competition from China, after the wind turbine maker reports profits well above expectations.

  • Wind farms: Here's who's betting big Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 12:01 AM ET

    Poland has ramped up its investment in alternative energy, installing almost 1.3 gigawatts of wind power in 2015.

  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON Feb 8- Global aviation experts agreed on Monday to the first emissions-reduction standards for aircraft in a deal that will take effect with new models in four years, but environmental groups said the carbon dioxide cuts did not go far enough. The standards are aimed at makers of small and large planes alike and will apply to all new aircraft...

  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON Feb 8- Global aviation experts agreed on Monday to the world's first carbon dioxide emissions standards for new and existing aircraft programs, in a deal that environmental groups said does not go far enough. The new standards, aimed at makers of small and large planes alike, will apply to all new aircraft models launched after 2020, the...

  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON Feb 8- Global aviation leaders agreed on Monday to the world's first carbon dioxide emissions standards for new and existing aircraft manufacturing programs starting in 2020, two sources familiar with the matter said. The new standards, aimed at makers of small and large planes alike, were agreed to at the United Nations aviation agency...

  • WASHINGTON— A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming. The International Civil Aviation Organization said the agreement reached by the agency's...

  • It will cost an estimated $64 million and take at least four more years for the EPA to finish its work, according to documents released Monday. Montana environmental regulators said in response to Monday's announcement that they want more details on how the EPA will handle future discoveries of asbestos. The EPA has promised to set up steps to deal with such...

  • Spot prices of uranium, used to make fuel for nuclear power production, have been depressed since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, which led to the shutdown of all reactors in that country, generating burdensome stockpiles globally. Its stock plunged more than 5 percent in Toronto and New York around midday. Contracting looks to significantly pick up in...

  • Smith, who is executive director for a group called Vermonters for a Clean Environment and is not a lawyer, held a news conference on Monday at the Statehouse before a crowd of nearly 100 cheering supporters. She and her supporters maintain the backdrop for the complaint against her is a Public Service Board review process that is too legalistic and unfriendly...

  • Quality control chief leaves scandal-hit Volkswagen Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 11:17 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company. Frank Tuch, 48, is being replaced as the company deals with a scandal over diesel vehicles equipped to cheat on emissions testing. Volkswagen is being sued by the U.S. Justice Department over some 600,000 vehicles that turned off emissions controls when not being tested.

  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON, Feb 7- Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing Co and Airbus Group's production of the largest jetliners and freighters. Proposals being debated in Montreal by the International Civil...