• EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.

  • CMS spending $1 billion to settle pollution case Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.

  • Governor signs first California groundwater rules Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:46 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California will no longer be the last Western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday overhauling the state's management of its groundwater supply, bringing it in line with other states that have long regulated their wells.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world's largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.

  • EPA rejects Cuomo's Tappan Zee loan proposal Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    Andrew Cuomo's proposal to use half a billion dollars in federal clean water loans to help finance the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, instead approving only $29 million. The EPA did authorize $29 million for marsh restoration, stormwater management and other smaller projects related to the bridge.

  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

  • Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential. The White House has said its promotion of domestic energy production, the use of wind and solar power and the reduction in oil consumption have had economic benefits and reduced carbon emissions.

  • Exploring 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY— Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush.

  • *BNEF says "yes" vote would harm investment in Scotland. LONDON, Sept 16- Britain has dropped a place to a five-year low ranking among the world's most attractive renewable energy markets, after changing the way it subsidizes renewable power, a quarterly ranking from accountants Ernst& Young showed on Tuesday.

  • China's race to turn trash to cash Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:31 PM ET
    Chinese Greenpeace activists set up an E-waste sculpture.

    China's junk buyers have transformed the electronic garbage of wealthy countries into small fortunes for years, often tainting rivers with toxic.

  • Corps halts review of Oregon coal export terminal Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has brought its review of a proposed coal export terminal to an immediate halt, a blow to the Australian company that's trying to get coal from the Northern Rockies to a hungry Asian market.

  • FTC asked to consider utility's renewable claims Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— A group of four environmentalists on Monday asked the Federal Trade Commission to determine if Vermont's largest electric utility is making deceptive claims about some of the renewable energy it produces.

  • Supermarkets launch anti-bottle deposit campaign Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    BOSTON— Supermarket chains are launching a television ad campaign to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages.

  • Maldives supports China's modern 'Silk Road' plan Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    MALE, Maldives— Chinese President Xi Jinping began a weeklong tour of South Asia on Monday, choosing the tiny island nation of the Maldives to tout his vision for a modern maritime " Silk Road." Smaller Indian Ocean nations like the Maldives and Sri Lanka could become key stops along such a route, and China has already begun investing in ports along the way.

  • In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4- megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.

  • Strange bedfellows: Solar power meets oil drilling Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    A company that uses solar energy to recover crude has scored financing from some big oil players, highlighting a growing niche of exploration.

  • Chinese protesters march against trash incinerator Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    BEIJING— Residents in a southern Chinese town protested for a second day Sunday against a proposed garbage incinerator, according to witnesses, as police said ringleaders of the earlier demonstrations involving thousands that saw clashes with police should surrender.

  • *Scottish nationalists warn BP and some banks. *Rupert Murdoch visits, says Scotland' alive with debate'. At stake is not just the future of Scotland, but that of the United Kingdom, forged by the union with England 307 years ago.

  • *Scottish nationalists warn BP and some banks. EDINBURGH, Sept 13- The battle over Scottish independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a senior nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of secession.

  • Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.