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  • Feb 28- The White House has assured the Renewable Fuels Association that any executive orders changing the U.S. Renewable Fuels Program would include measures to support use of ethanol and biodiesel, according to a source familiar with the discussions between the White House and the trade group. A White House official did not respond to a request for comment.

  • BRUSSELS— A European Parliament panel chastised European authorities and automakers on Tuesday for failing to ensure that laws on diesel emissions were upheld, and called for much-improved oversight in the future. "One of the main conclusions is that' Dieselgate' could have been avoided if member states and the European Commission had simply followed the...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 28- The path to another round of El Niño in 2017 appears to be shortening, as tropical Pacific Ocean waters have been warming at a substantial rate. Some notable impacts include droughts in Southeast Asia and heavy rains and erosion along the Pacific coasts of North and South America. In the week centered on Feb. 22, the SST anomaly was positive 2.3...

  • A new study from researchers at the University of Sheffield has analysed the environmental impact of a loaf of bread.

  • Construction has commenced on a 56 megawatt solar plant in Oregon, which is set to be the state's largest when completed.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 28- Germany will back a plan to strengthen carbon prices, a senior official said on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of European Union environment ministers on balancing the needs of industry with cutting emissions in reforming the carbon market. EU member states such as Germany, Italy, Austria and Greece are prioritizing measures to ensure that...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on President Donald Trump:. President Donald Trump is meeting with a group of states' attorneys general at the White House. President Donald Trump has a Commerce secretary.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. The order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined "waters of the United States" protected under...

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

  • CHICAGO, Feb 28- The path to another round of El Niño in 2017 appears to be shortening, as tropical Pacific Ocean waters have been warming at a substantial rate. Some notable impacts include droughts in Southeast Asia and heavy rains and erosion along the Pacific coasts of North and South America. In the week centered on Feb. 22, the SST anomaly was positive 2.3...

  • OSLO, Feb 28- The Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean became the first nation on Tuesday to ratify a 2016 accord to cut the use of powerful factory-made greenhouse gases, saying the survival of the nation was at risk from climate change. The parliament of the Marshall Islands, with a population of 53,000 vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by melting ice,...

  • 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.