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  • SEOUL, Sept 2- South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and U.S. car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 1- Grupo Mexico, a metals miner and railroad operator, said on Monday that operations at its Buenavista mine were not affected by a search of its offices late last week by the federal prosecutor's office, part of an investigation into a toxic spill.

  • Sandy-hit towns wrestle with eminent-domain choice Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    Asharoken is just one place where the tussle among coastal protection, property rights, public access and federal funding is playing out in New York and New Jersey, both hit hard by the storm.

  • MIAMI, Sept 1- When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations.

  • Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150- ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Department of Transportation share responsibility for regulating shipments.

  • *Utilities Axpo, Alpiq build huge pumped storage plants. *New projects in Switzerland, Austria, Germany put on ice.

  • Commission adopts fracking regulations for Nevada Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:52 PM ET

    ELKO, Nev.— A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies' use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada. Kate Fay, a representative of Houston- based Noble Energy Inc., praised the regulations.

  • Panel rejects new fee for solar homes in Utah Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Advocates of renewable energy are hailing the rejection of Rocky Mountain Power's request for a new fee for residential rooftop solar panels in Utah. "What a bright day for Utah's future," said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 29- Opposition presidential candidate Marina Silva said on Friday that Brazil's recession is very worrying and her government would work to restore the credibility of the country's economic policies to recover investment and growth if elected. It also called for an overhaul of Brazil's complex and onerous tax system.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 29- Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva plans to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions and implement a national carbon market if elected, according to policy proposals released on Friday.

  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency's staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent.

  • Feds critical of California twin tunnel project Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— A pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.

  • The crisis in eastern Ukraine has emboldened Europe and the United States to impose broad sanctions on Russia. But Europe finds itself in a precarious position, with almost a third of the natural gas the continent consumed in 2013 flowing from Russia, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

  • State agency issues long-awaited fracking rules Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part of the process of regulating fracking, the high-volume oil and gas drilling method that proponents hope will bring a surge of jobs to Illinois.

  • Costs of coal power plant proposal challenged Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by advocates of renewable energy.

  • Duke halting coal burning at Ohio plant Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW RICHMOND, Ohio— A utility says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River. Charlotte, North Carolina- based Duke Energy says it will retire the last two coal-fired units Sept. 1 at the New Richmond, Ohio, plant.

  • Beach closed: Billionaire tries to block surfers Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:45 AM ET
    Surfers were arrested in 2012 after bypassing a locked gate to reach Martins Beach in San Mateo County, California.

    Vinod Khosla, a green energy billionaire with ties to President Obama, is fighting surfers over access to a beach south of San Francisco. NBC reports.

  • Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    SAO PAULO— The "largest deforestation gang" active in Brazil's Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said Thursday. According to the statement, the group allegedly is responsible for the destruction of 38,000 acres of rain forest, an area equivalent to the size of the British Virgin Islands.

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.

  • Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be approved by Sunday and has support from top Democrats who rejected a similar effort last year.