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  • *Tree cover losses rise in Brazil and Indonesia- study. Brazil and Indonesia, which contain some of the world's biggest tropical forests, both saw a small rise in tree cover loss last year, while losses accelerated in some previously overlooked regions, according to data compiled by the U.S.-based World Resources Institute think-tank. "This analysis identifies...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The president of Shell Oil Co. said Tuesday exploratory drilling off Alaska's northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days. And in an interview with The Associated Press Marvin Odum said he expects further protests against the company's plans for Arctic drilling...

  • Explosions at a fireworks plant in China killed one and injured six, after blasts killed at least 145 people last month.

  • *Gadkari tackles $57 billion infrastructure backlog. NAGPUR, India, Sept 2- The man Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tasked with launching a China-style infrastructure boom calls himself a "bulldozer" and promises to add two percentage points to India's economic growth in two years. Modi chose the 58- year-old former president of his Hindu nationalist...

  • ULAANBAATAR, Sept 2- Balchig Baljinnyam, a small-time farmer in central Mongolia, is busy building a shelter for his dairy cows ahead of what is expected to be the most brutal winter in years. It will be a double whammy for Mongolia this year. In 2009-2010, Mongolia lost 20 percent of its livestock to the dzud, the World Bank estimates.

  • NASSAU, Bahamas— The Bahamas unveiled a new national park to help protect the winter homes of endangered Atlantic Coast shorebirds, officials said Tuesday. The Joulter Cays National Park covers nearly 114,000 acres of uninhabited islands and sand flats northwest of Nassau, according to a statement from the National Audubon Society, which worked on the park's...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— An attorney for a Louisiana oil company has asked a judge to reject the government's proposed timeline for lifting its hold on an energy lease on land in Montana that's sacred among American Indians. But Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge wants U.S. District Judge Richard Leon to lift a longstanding suspension of the leases so the Baton Rouge company can...

  • Giant wind turbines in Palm Springs, California.

    Electricity generated by US wind farms are falling and the drop could intensify as the El Niño weather phenomenon holds back wind speeds, FT reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- A multimedia, multi-state advertising blitz from industry groups opposing new national ozone standards reached Pennsylvania on Tuesday, part of their last-ditch attempt to scuttle the Obama administration's plans to issue new rules governing ground-level smog by Oct. 1. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent its...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A federal appeals court ruling has revived a bid by environmentalists to block drilling for oil and gas on public lands in Montana until the government looks more closely at climate change impacts. The Montana Environmental Information Center, WildEarth Guardians and Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project want the government to...

  • The White House said move is required for safety in the changing Arctic- and to keep up with Russia. The U.S. Coast Guard used to have seven icebreakers, but the fleet has dwindled to three creaky vessels, only one of which is a heavy duty vessel, the White House said. "Russia, on the other hand, has 40 icebreakers and another 11 planned or under construction," the White House...

  • Obama appeals for urgent climate change action Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | 2:24 AM ET
    Willow Fire Capt. Leo Lashock responds to a wildfire burning near Willow, Alaska, June 14, 2015.

    President Barack Obama on Monday issued a global call for urgent action to address climate change, saying the U.S. would rally the world to counter it. The NYT reports.

  • STOCKHOLM— U.N. climate talks began anew Monday in Germany, three months before world governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight global warming. The climate pact envisioned for Paris in December will be a crucial test for the diplomatic process, which failed to deliver a strong deal six years ago in Copenhagen. U.N. officials note things look much...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. His speech to an Arctic climate summit set the tone for a three-day tour of Alaska that will put the state's...

  • GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.— General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025— not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill. CEO Ken Powell, in outlining the plan to The Associated Press ahead of the company's official announcement Monday, said General Mills is compelled to act because climate...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— The $225 million settlement between ExxonMobil and New Jersey reached this week confirms the oil giant must clean up more than 1,500 contaminated properties from gas stations to refineries— but exactly how much they'll spend or how long it'll take remains murky. Tuesday's settlement between New Jersey's Department of Environmental...

  • BEIJING, Aug 30- China faces a "formidable task" to clean up its rivers and lakes and needs a fundamental change in attitudes to prioritise the environment over economic development at all cost, vice premier Wang Yang said. China published a water pollution prevention action plan in April, promising to improve water supplies in the world's most populous country...

  • Algae drives down property values on Lake Champlain Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    GEORGIA, Vt.— The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won't amount to much of an inheritance. The algae, which can be toxic to humans and dogs, prompted the town of Georgia to reduce the property values $50,000 each...

  • WASHINGTON— With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. The unambiguous goal of the president's trip is to use dramatic and alarming changes to Alaska's...

  • BEIJING— Workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill's waste pool and seven of them died, authorities said Saturday, in China's latest deadly accident involving dangerous chemicals. The pair of incidents follows China's worst industrial accident in recent years, a massive explosion at a warehouse storing toxic chemicals in the port of Tianjin that...