• HONG KONG, July 11- China shares edged up early Friday, aided by gains for auto stocks on improved first-half car sales and belief that a government policy promoting "green" vehicles will help in the second half. Hong Kong markets opened lower, following losses overnight on U.S. bourses, then scratched out gains that couldn't be maintained as banks underperformed.

  • Questions and answers about saltwater spills Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:37 PM ET

    An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater:.

  • New Jersey appeals on ocean blasting plan Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    The state Department of Environmental Protection asked the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for an injunction to block the research, which is strenuously opposed by environmental, fishing and other groups. A federal judge denied New Jersey's request to block the research earlier this week.

  • Kentucky coal group sues TVA over Paradise plant Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:33 PM ET

    The Kentucky Coal Association argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the TVA did not follow proper federal procedure and its own rules in deciding to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. Scott Brooks, a TVA spokesman, said Thursday in an email that TVA believes it "fully complied with our obligations on the Paradise decision."

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- The top Democratic and Republican tax writers in the U.S. Senate announced on Thursday a $10.8 billion plan to extend federal funding for transportation projects into the summer of 2015, roughly matching legislation moving through the House of Representatives.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- A federal appeals court in New York has revived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensation for their alleged exposure to toxic contaminants in buildings near the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

  • House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Dave Camp, R- Mich., that cobbles together $11 billion in pension tax changes, customs fees and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. In the Senate, the Finance Committee, also on a voice vote, approved a compromise worked out between the committee's chairman, Sen.

  • LONDON, July 10- Fossil fuels will remain an indispensable part of the global energy supply for at least the next 50 years, so a means must be found to burn them without pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

  • ANALYSIS-Falling gas prices threaten LNG export projects Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    *EU price premium over North America down 77 pct this year. Asian spot prices have also come off sharply this year, shedding over 40 percent in value as demand growth slowed and new supplies in the Pacific region became available, although prices remain almost twice as high as in Britain and around three times as expensive as in North America.

  • Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:41 AM ET

    MANDAREE, N.D.— Officials are assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine affected the lake an American Indian reservation uses for drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. EPA said most of the spill was pooled on the ground, soaked into the soil and held behind beaver dams.

  • US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:37 AM ET

    BEIJING— China and the United States on Thursday promised closer cooperation on climate change and North Korea, although China warned the U.S. not to take sides on its maritime disputes with Asian neighbors. Secretary of State John Kerry said the two sides discussed ways to persuade North Korea to give up nuclear weapons.

  • Australian Senate delays carbon tax repeal Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:06 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 10- The Australian Senate rejected legislation to repeal the country's carbon tax on Thursday because it did not guarantee savings would be passed onto consumers, but amended legislation could still pass as early as next week.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 9- Apple Inc acknowledged on Wednesday it needs to address manufacturing partners' carbon emissions and its own rising water consumption, though the iPhone maker said it had cut back sharply on greenhouse gas output.

  • Hanford workers test thousands of air samples Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    RICHLAND, Wash.— About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.

  • Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    The Nevada Democrat used Senate procedures to prevent votes on any amendments to a bipartisan measure expanding hunters' access to public lands and renewing land conservation programs.

  • Typhoon ravages Japan; No deaths reported     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Sue Herera reports on the damage from Typhoon Neoguri, to Japan and the island of Okinawa.

  • Coal company says Illinois rival breached deal Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— A leading U.S. coal company is suing a rival with which it shared confidential business plans during a deal that later fizzled, saying the competitor used the proprietary details to buy up land in southern Illinois to thwart the accuser's expansion plans.

  • China, US differ on global plan to cut emissions Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    BEIJING— China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.

  • COLUMN-Cleaning up coal: Kemp Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:01 PM ET

    LONDON, July 9- According to the popular narrative, coal is locked in a fight to the death with natural gas and renewables to supply clean electrical energy. Promoters of gas, wind and solar often talk about coal as if it were not just a rival but an enemy.

  • July 8- California regulators violated the law by approving expanded use of pesticides that have been shown to hurt honeybees needed for pollinating key American crops, according to a lawsuit filed against the state by environmental groups on Tuesday.