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  • Deadly Texas flooding, in photos Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:26 PM ET
    A child plays near a street that remains underwater from days of heavy rain on May 25, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

    Scenes of the destruction left by the sudden heavy rains that inundated parts of Texas over the Memorial Day weekend.

  • PARIS— France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures. The bill pushed by Ecology Minister Segolene Royal was approved Tuesday by the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, with 308 votes for and 217 against.

  • LONDON, May 24- For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning. The second-year engineering student from Balliol College is not alone. Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund and the Church of England are among recent...

  • Senior officials from almost 200 nations will meet from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris to try to rise above the collapse of the last global climate-change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and nail down an elusive final agreement. "All the governments stress that they want to find an accord in Paris, but the questions remain complicated and getting a consensus between...

  • NEW DELHI— Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street. As he passes one year in office, India is as filthy as it ever was with some of the world's most polluted air, rivers stinking with sewage and more...

  • FACTBOX-Policies of Canada's New Democratic Party Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    May 26- The following are some of the policies that have been released by Canada's New Democratic Party:. The NDP wants to raise the rate of tax businesses pay to bring it closer to the average among Canada's Group of Seven peers, though the NDP has not released details of what the new rate would be. The NDP has opposed Canada's military mission against Islamic State,...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 25- Canada's oil and gas industry is concerned about the inexperience of Alberta's new energy minister, but is ready to give her the benefit of the doubt for now as she takes on the closely watched role, analysts and executives said on Monday. Marg McCauig-Boyd, a one-time teacher with a master's degree in administration and leadership from...

  • OTTAWA, May 25- North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies. The agreement comes even as Canada's right-leaning Conservative government and the Obama administration clash over the lengthy and ongoing U.S....

  • GOLETA, Calif.— Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday. Plains All American is still measuring the spill as it cleans up along the Santa Barbara County coastline and recovers oil from the pipeline. Oil blackened area...

  • ORANGE BEACH, Ala.— With the Memorial Day holiday just around the corner, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Questions remain about the long-term environmental impacts of the BP...

  • EAST DUBUQUE, Illinois, May 25- Mario Enriquez says there's no real trick to getting great fuel mileage in a big truck. Enriquez averaged 9.74 miles per gallon from February to April in an International ProStar made by Navistar International Corp. For that, his employer, Mesilla Valley Transportation, awarded him a Nissan Versa compact car.

  • SEATTLE— One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could pose in the remote waters off northwestern Alaska. Protester Matt Fuller requested...

  • May 24- Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose left-wing New Democratic Party ended 44- years of Progressive Conservative Party rule in the Canadian province this month, was sworn in on Sunday and unveiled her Cabinet, with three of the top posts going to rookie legislators. The leader tapped former Calgary city councilor Joe Ceci to be finance minister and Marg...

  • SEATTLE— One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could pose in the remote waters off northwestern Alaska. Protester Matt Fuller requested...

  • In dry California, tourism stays buoyant—and wet Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    Despite strict water restrictions, California's water parks are still wet, fairways are still green and showering at hotels is still possible.

  • LONDON, May 24- For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning. The second-year engineering student from Balliol College is not alone. Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund and the Church of England are among recent...

  • BEIJING— At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market. The lights from the Beijing Environment Exchange— one of seven pilot markets in China for trading carbon— raises questions for the country as it prepares for next year's roll-out of a nationwide system that could help the world's...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 23- A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline has died after it was taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be treated, officials said on Saturday. Up to 2,500 barrels of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara on...

  • TOKYO— Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the pledge at a two-day meeting with the island nations' leaders in Iwaki in northern Japan. Japan will also help with expert exchanges and training.

  • SANTA BARBARA May 22- Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the California oil spill for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara- a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement. Perhaps one of the worst places on Earth for a crude oil leak, Santa Barbara is a beautiful...