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  • TIANJIN, China— The son of a former police chief is one of two silent owners of the warehouse for hazardous materials in Tianjin where explosions killed at least 114 people, and used his connections to help obtain licenses despite safety violations, Chinese state media reported Wednesday. The other owner is a former executive at a state-owned chemical company...

  • NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada— Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama's authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president. In the course of a few hours, she announced her disapproval of his move to allow...

  • This highway can be quiet, bright and full of energy Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 2:55 AM ET

    Dutch researchers have developed large colourful noise barriers for highways that also generate solar energy.

  • Drought will cost California $2.74 billion in 2015 Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 4:48 PM ET
    A worker plows a field in Firebaugh, California.

    California's drought will cause the state to lose as much as $2.74 billion and nearly 21,000 total jobs this year, said a report released Tuesday.

  • EPA proposes new standards to cut methane emissions Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 4:16 PM ET
    Natural gas is flared off at Apache Corp.'s Deadwood natural gas plant in Garden City, Texas.

    The proposal would cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent over the next decade.

  • The proposal is an expansion of standards issued in 2012 and is expected to reduce the equivalent of 7.7 million to 9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2025 at new and modified facilities, according to the EPA. The release of the proposed standards came about two weeks after the EPA unveiled a sweeping rule that aims to cut national carbon emissions from...

  • China air pollution far worse than thought: Study Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 1:54 PM ET
    A couple wear face masks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

    Chinese pollution has become such a problem that it has actually become an unexpected moneymaker for some large companies.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. On Monday, the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell PLC final approval to...

  • US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed cutting methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade, part of on ongoing push by President Barack Obama to curb climate change. Officials estimate the rule would cost industry from $320 million to $420 million in 2025, with reduced health care costs and other...

  • Muslim scholars call for climate action Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 9:33 AM ET

    The move comes two months after Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change and other environmental issues and ahead of a key U.N. climate conference in Paris in December, where world leaders are supposed to adopt a landmark agreement to fight climate change. About 60 delegates adopted the declaration at the end of the seminar, including leading clerics from...

  • Up to $44 trillion could be lost if the world does not act on climate change, according to the latest piece of research from Citigroup.

  • EPA moves to reduce methane emissions Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    EPA moves to reduce methane emissions

    EPA to call for a 40 - 45% reduction in methane emissions from oil and gas drilling by 2025.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— One of the last executives charged in a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without clean tap water for days pleaded guilty to federal pollution violations Tuesday. Former Freedom Industries executive Dennis Farrell entered his guilty plea in federal court in Charleston, joining the bankrupt company itself and four other...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers from both parties are calling for more stringent oversight of a clean jobs initiative after an Associated Press report found that a fraction of the promised jobs have been created. "It's clear to me that the Legislature should immediately hold oversight hearings to get to the bottom of why yet another promise to the...

  • Climate change could cost the world TRILLIONS Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 3:10 AM ET
    Climate change to cost $1.8 trillion: Citi

    Jason Channell, global head of alternative energy and clean tech at Citi, says that a lack of action on climate change will cost the global economy trillions.

  • Asia's 'infrastructure gap' threatens to hamper growth Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    The Philippines is far from alone. The outpouring of support for a Chinese-led bank to finance infrastructure highlights a gap in Asia's success story: From power-starved India to Thailand's overburdened railways, developing economies face a shortage of basic facilities so severe that it threatens to hold back growth and living standards.

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration's approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say. "It sends a terrible signal to the rest of the world for the United States to be using public resources to promote...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 17- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose regulations on Tuesday aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent over the next decade from 2012 levels, a source familiar with the issue said on Monday. The regulations on methane are one part of the Obama administration's strategy to curb...

  • SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va.— Busloads of United Mine Workers of America miners and retirees roared in protest outside Patriot Coal headquarters Monday, as the bankrupt company looks to nix a union contract that includes pension contributions and health benefits. From a makeshift stage on the bed of a tow truck, UMWA President Cecil Roberts bellowed out to a...

  • Feds allow Shell to drill for oil off Alaskan coast Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 3:56 PM ET
    Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker Fennica heads out after it was blocked by activists on its way to Alaska in Portland, Ore., July 30, 2015.

    Shell got the permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in two decades.