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  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The Obama administration's plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to "proceed with caution" in negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone. The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Department of Interior said Tuesday that it has affirmed corrections to an environmental analysis of a 2008 Arctic Ocean petroleum lease sale that brought in $2.7 billion for the federal government. The expected decision regarding the lease in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast opens the door for the department to review a...

  • Judge: Jury can decide Alabama's Gulf-oil-spill claims Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 5:07 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans rejected the oil giant's arguments in a ruling released late Monday. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange hailed the ruling in a Tuesday news release.

  • An EPA spokeswoman declined to give specifics of the plan, but told Reuters that its requirements will be similar to those placed on a new herbicide product developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co.. The company is required to provide extensive reporting to the EPA about instances of weed resistance and to let "relevant stakeholders" know about...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic since it suffered mishaps in the region in 2012.. "The Arctic is an important component of the Administration's national energy strategy, and we remain...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to the Arctic since it suffered accidents in the region in 2012..

  • ST. LOUIS— Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies' habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects. The St. Louis- based company said that of $3.6 million it is donating to the National Fish and...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The Obama administration on Tuesday published plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement later this year on combating climate change. The formal submission to the United Nations fleshes out domestic measures to be taken and the White...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A proposal by New Mexico's largest electric provider to raise its rates is running into opposition. The water utility that serves Albuquerque and parts of Bernalillo County, and an environmental group have accused Public Service Co. of New Mexico of failing to provide state regulators with enough information to justify a proposed 12...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn't allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday. The contract clause triggering extensions due to an event beyond the parties' control would apply if drilling for oil and natural gas had begun,...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Freedom Industries and state regulators have signed an agreement for a cleanup of the site of a 2014 chemical spill into the Elk River. The cleanup will be done through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Voluntary Remediation Program. The voluntary remediation agreement sets deadlines for Freedom to submit...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The United States on Tuesday formally submitted its climate change strategy to the United Nations, outlining domestic measures it is taking to achieve up to a 28 percent greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2025.. The submission lays out how the United States "will roughly double the pace" at which the country reduces its greenhouse gas...

  • UNITED STATES FORMALLY SUBMITS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN TO UNITED NATIONS, PLEDGING EMISSIONS CUT OF 26-28 PERCENT BY 2025.

  • LONDON, March 31- Littlebrook power station, which towers grimly over the lower Thames near Dartford in Kent, ceases operations today after almost 35 years, the last of Britain's big oil-fired power plants to close. Now its closure marks the impact of higher oil prices and EU-wide policies, agreed by Britain's major political parties, to move away from fossil...

  • BRUSSELS, March 31- European, Turkish and Chinese recyclers are set to benefit from strict new EU rules on breaking up old ships, but the practice of dismantling them on beaches in South Asia-- at great human and environmental cost-- will still be hard to stop. Of 1,026 ocean-going ships recycled in 2014, 641 were taken apart on beaches in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan,...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— An agreement between Wyoming environmental regulators, a gas developer and a bond surety company would put the surety company in charge of inventory and reclamation of as many as 143 small reservoirs containing groundwater from coal-bed methane wells. The deal between High Plains Gas, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland and the Wyoming...

  • What 63 degrees in Antarctica means—for now Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A research vessel sailing the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica.

    One week of warm readings may not mean anything, a weather expert says, but it's something to keep an eye to see if it's part of a trend.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— A state board has approved a $361,000 fine against CSX Transportation for a 2014 derailment in Lynchburg that spilled Bakken crude oil into the James River. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality proposed the fine in a consent order that CSX approved. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the State Water Control Board approved...

  • Drought puts screws on California's swimming pools Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Swimming pool

    Swimming pools have been part of California's lifestyle for decades. But things are getting tougher.

  • *OECD struggling to find solution before Paris climate talks. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures on export credits are central to a debate on targeting funding ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. One, dated March 4, when the OECD held closed-door talks on the issue, shows OECD governments provided...