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  • TORONTO/ MEXICO CITY, Aug 24- Mexican regulators said they are examining whether mining company Goldcorp Inc broke any regulations in its handling of a long-running leak of contaminated water at Mexico's biggest gold mine. Levels of the mineral selenium rose in one groundwater monitoring well near Goldcorp's Penasquito mine as early as October 2013,...

  • AMMAN, Jordan— Officials have reported that oil has spilled from Jordan into the Gulf of Aqaba, but the size of the leak remains unclear. The civil defense chief in Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba told a local news website that the leak was brought under control within 15 minutes, without saying how much oil had leaked. Israel's Foreign Ministry says it was informed of...

  • LONDON— A British parliamentary committee is recommending a ban on plastic microbeads in hopes of cutting back on pollution in the world's oceans. The tiny plastic particles— used in face scrubs, shower gels and toothpastes— are being found in marine wildlife globally. Committee chair Mary Creagh says a full legal ban is needed, "preferably at an international...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23- The California Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to extend the state's ambitious program to fight climate change beyond 2020, but minutes later it posted disappointing results from an auction of carbon permits that is key to the plan. The Assembly voted 42 to 29 on the bill, known as SB 32, which goes back to the Senate for an up-or-down...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23- California sold just over one-third of the carbon permits it offered to cover emissions this year, receiving the minimum price at an auction last week, regulators of the state's cap-and-trade program said on Tuesday. California's cap-and-trade program is a key component of a broader effort to reduce the state's output of heat-trapping...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 23- California sold just over one-third of the carbon permits it offered to cover emissions this year, receiving the minimum price at an auction last week, regulators of the state's cap-and-trade program said on Tuesday. California's cap-and-trade program is a key component of a broader effort to reduce the state's output of heat-trapping...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark programs combating climate change. Jerry Brown's efforts to reduce climate-changing pollution in California and is being watched closely around the world as other governments put...

  • Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania sued Volkswagen over excess diesel emissions related to its use of cheating software while the state of Washington has filed a notice of penalty against Volkswagen. VW spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan said the automaker "is committed to reaching a fair and efficient resolution of remaining federal and state...

  • Aug 23- Volkswagen AG and several U.S. states that sued the German automaker seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for state law violations agreed to hold settlement talks, the automaker said in a court filing Tuesday. Volkswagen has been sued over excess diesel emissions related to its use of "defeat devices" by Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and...

  • Aug 23- Auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH said claims it was a knowing participant in Volkswagen's decade-long scheme to evade U.S. anti-pollution laws were "wild and unfounded." In a filing in U.S. District Court in San Francisco late on Monday, Bosch responded to attorneys who are suing Volkswagen AG on behalf of U.S. owners of the polluting VW diesel vehicles, who...

  • The United States issued $10.5 billion in green bond sales last year, compared with $600 million in Brazil. In a separate issuance by Nacional Financiera, Mexico raised $500 million in a dollar-denominated green bond issuance last year in New York. Mexican insurers, oft-cited as likely buyers of green bonds in the future, stayed away from the Nacional...

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a July report that automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency, but improvements will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are switching to pickup trucks and SUVs.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a 1,200- page report in July that automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency, but fleet-wide improvement will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are switching to pickup...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The Latest on the California Supreme Court's ruling on a gold mining technique:. The California Supreme Court has upheld a state ban on using powerful underwater vacuums to extract gold from rivers. The California Supreme Court is set to rule on the legality of the state's ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers.

  • Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn

    A French government report omitted significant details about how Renault’s diesel cars were able to emit fewer deadly gasses when subject to official emissions testing, members of the state inquiry have told the Financial Times.

  • SOMERVILLE, Mass.— No more legal hurdles stand in the way of Wynn's long-delayed Boston- area casino after Somerville announced Monday it was withdrawing the last of its challenges. Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced the city north of Boston won't appeal a decision last month by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that granted Wynn a...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— The nation's largest electric company is negotiating with North Carolina's environment agency over a $6.6 million fine to punish Duke Energy for a big spill of liquefied coal ash. Attorneys for both sides said delaying Monday's scheduled hearing may help resolve the disputed fine for polluting the Dan River in 2014. Duke Energy Corp. has called...

  • Melting water pours from ice face of Brasvellbreen Icefield on stormy summer morning.

    Arctic sea ice is melting faster than models predicted, and it is already wildly, maybe permanently, changing the planet.

  • National Park Service turns 100

    Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," talks about the nation's national park system and how visitors can find a park near them.

  • The online newspaper VnExpress quoted Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha as telling a conference Monday that aquaculture is now also safe in most areas, but that research by the Ministry of Health is needed to determine whether it's safe to eat fish caught within 20 nautical miles off the coast of the four affected provinces. The factory, owned by the Formosa...