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  • BEIJING— China says that its coal consumption fell in 2016 for a third year in a row. While China is the world's biggest consumer of coal, its consumption levels have dropped as economic growth slows to its lowest level since 1990. With its major cities gripped by choking air pollution, China has also aimed to reduce coal usage in favor of natural gas and renewable...

  • DETROIT, Feb 27- Japan's Takata Corp on Monday removed a major obstacle to its potential sale or restructuring, pleading guilty in a U.S. federal court to a felony charge as part of a $1 billion settlement that included compensation funds for automakers and victims of its faulty airbag inflators. U.S. District Court Judge George Steeh approved the previously...

  • HONOLULU— Hawaiian Airlines says it's become the first U.S. airline to join an international research project on climate change and air quality. Members include research organizations, universities and weather services from Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The data are used by about 200 universities in Europe, the United States, Japan, South America,...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A new federal study shows less pollution in most New Jersey streams, but salt levels rising in some places. The study by the U.S. Geological Survey found that levels of two key pollutants, nitrogen and phosphorus, either declined or stayed about the same over the last four decades in most of the 28 streams surveyed. Tim Dillingham, executive...

  • A study from The Australian National University has shown that pumped hydro storage has the potential to build a green electricity grid.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 24- Canada's energy sector has fallen out of favor with international oil majors, who are scaling back ambitions and walking away from reserves in the ground there to focus on lower-cost and higher-margin opportunities elsewhere. Billion-dollar bets on Canada's oil sands went sour this week for Exxon Mobil Corp and Conoco Phillips.

  • As Samsung unveiled its latest devices at MWC, trouble with its discontinued Note 7 came back to haunt it.

  • Pruitt added the EPA's focus on combating climate change under former President Barack Obama had cost jobs and prevented economic growth, leading many Americans to want to see the EPA eliminated completely. "I think people across this country look at the EPA much like they look at the IRS. Pruitt was confirmed as EPA head last week.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved into the evacuated Dakota Access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup started weeks ago by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from the camp near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 24- Canada's energy sector has fallen out of favor with international oil majors, who are scaling back ambitions and walking away from reserves in the ground there to focus on lower-cost and higher-margin opportunities elsewhere. Billion-dollar bets on Canada's oil sands went sour this week for Exxon Mobil Corp and Conoco Phillips.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform" task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades. Trump signed the directive in the Oval Office with chief executives of major U.S. corporations standing behind him...

  • Graeme Pitkethly said Kraft's offer had highlighted the importance of achieving a balance between long-term sustainable value, which it had prioritised, and short-term delivery. "This has certainly been a trigger moment for Unilever, and we will not waste it," he said at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton, Florida, in a presentation...

  • Graeme Pitkethly said Kraft's offer had highlighted the importance of achieving a balance between long-term sustainable value, which it had prioritised, and short-term delivery. "This has certainly been a trigger moment for Unilever, and we will not waste it," he said at the CAGNY conference in New York in a presentation streamed on its website.

  • New Jersey regulators have approved a measure allowing a natural gas pipeline to run through the federally protected Pinelands preserve. The Pinelands Commission voted to permit the pipeline Friday. England power plant in Upper Township.

  • Sustainable Energy takes a look at images that starkly illustrate how pollution is impacting lives around the world.

  • In an auction conducted by state-controlled Solar Energy Corporation of India for various wind projects totalling 1 gigawatt, five companies separately quoted a tariff of 3.46 rupees per unit to win the projects. "After solar cost reduction below 3 rupees/ unit, wind power cost down to 3.46 rupees/ unit through transparent auction," India's coal, power and...

  • Residents rallied to keep the stack as part of the legacy of southwestern Montana's mining days, when copper was king and the ore processed in the nearby town of Anaconda was used to electrify the United States. Three years after BP-owned Atlantic Richfield Co. shut down the Anaconda smelter in 1980, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated 300...

  • CHERRY HILL, N.J.— New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land." The 15- member New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a plan by South Jersey Gas to...

  • HENDERSON, Louisiana, Feb 22- When Hope Rosinski's father gave her a six-acre plot in Louisiana more than a decade ago, she was surprised to find oil and gas pipelines crisscrossing the property. Opposition to the company's planned extension of the Bayou Bridge pipeline has made Louisiana bayous the latest battleground in a nationwide war against new pipeline...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 23- Democratic state senators in California on Thursday unveiled a series of bills designed to freeze in place Obama administration-era environmental regulations in the event the Trump administration moves to weaken them. "The goals and objectives of these measures... is to do everything within our power to make sure the federal government...