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  • State probing Millstone water released into sound Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    WATERFORD, Conn.— State environmental officials are taking a closer look at the impact of more than 2 billion gallons of heated water discharged each day into Long Island Sound from Connecticut's nuclear plant.

  • Politics meets energy at New Hampshire summit Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    Jeb Bradley— who made the quip about prices— and also from candidates for governor and U.S. Senate: Democrats Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and their respective Republican challengers Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown.

  • Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.

  • MADRID/ SYDNEY, Sept 28- A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.

  • Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.

  • Comment period extended on crude oil facility Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York regulators have again extended the public comment period for a shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany. Waltham, Massachusetts- based Global wants to add heating facilities at its Albany terminal so it can handle thick, tar-like crude oil of the sort that's being mined in western Canada.

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 26- President Michelle Bachelet of Chile enacted new environmental tax legislation on Friday making the country the first in South America to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

  • At the UN's Climate Summit this week a diverse group of global leaders, from World Bank president Jim Yong Kim to California Governor Jerry Brown, spoke of the need for polluters to pay for each ton of carbon they emit. Carbon pricing, largely rejected by the United States and struggling in Europe, is suddenly all the rage, with China leading the charge.

  • Sept 26- U.S. wheat exports should not be hurt by the second discovery of experimental Monsanto Co. genetically modified wheat growing in a U.S. state where it was not approved, industry leaders said on Friday, because the wheat is not believed to be in commercial channels.

  • West Virginia opens bids on fracking under river Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Facing another tough budget scenario, West Virginia is ready to let companies drill for oil and natural gas deep beneath 14 miles of the Ohio River. On Friday, state commerce officials opened bids to drill under the northern West Virginia section of the river, which serves as a natural border with Ohio.

  • Changes ordered at Los Alamos over nuke waste leak Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers were reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday.

  • Man pleads guilty to illegal wastewater dumping Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A Montana executive pleaded guilty to dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering the drinking water of a county in southwest North Dakota.

  • UN climate change summit: Politics are 'toxic' Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM ET
    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, center, walks down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014, in New York.

    Another UN climate change summit has experts wondering if anything will get done and if the right measures to stop greenhouse emissions are in place.

  • *Raise concerns about European Commission structure. BRUSSELS, Sept 26- Anger among left-wing EU lawmakers at the choice of a Spanish conservative to run the bloc's climate change policies could disrupt the process of installing a new executive for the European Union in the next month.

  • Unusual ways companies are helping the planet Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    These companies are taking unusual steps to help the planet.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 26- Global warming in Africa may soon move bond markets. In 2016, the first climate change bonds will be issued from Africa- unique instruments that will enable the world's poorest continent to tap both capital markets and donor funds to bolster its defenses against extreme weather events such as prolonged drought or extreme heat.

  • On Thursday, Norwegian oil firm Statoil said it will postpone its 40,000 barrels-a-day Corner project for at least three years, possibly indefinitely. While a handful of other projects have also been delayed or canceled this year, due in part to rising costs, Statoil is the first company to explicitly cite "limited pipeline access" as a reason.

  • Firm pays fine for not reporting mine pollution Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 2:06 PM ET

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Thursday with Veris Gold USA, a subsidiary of the Vancouver- based Veris Gold Corp.. Veris Gold failed to properly report the chemical releases and other waste-management activities at its Jerritt Canyon mine in Elko County about 50 miles north of Eureka, the EPA said.

  • Businesses won't have to return BP spill payouts Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 5:10 AM ET

    One construction company hundreds of miles from the coast received $13.2 million, but deserved $4.8 million at most, BP said. About 150 claimants should return a total of $185 million, and overpayments to the rest haven't been calculated, attorney Kevin Downey argued.

  • ND official: More environment protections needed Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 9:55 PM ET

    DICKINSON, N.D.— A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.