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  • EPA seeks fix of Mercedes-Benz fuel economy labels Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. regulators have told Mercedes-Benz that it must correct the fuel economy labels on two of its model C300 sedans after tests found them to have lower-than-advertised miles per gallon. The Environmental Protection Agency revised fuel economy estimates for the 2013-2014 Mercedes C300 4- matic FFV and PZEV models, the agency said Wednesday.

  • Small businesses scramble to keep top staffers Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    Love inspires students to keep coming back for more lessons and brings in more than a quarter of the studio's revenue, says Bisconti, owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Willoughby, Ohio.

  • OSLO, Oct 1- A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet's health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 1- In March 2003, three months into her tenure as Brazil's environment minister, Marina Silva gathered a half-dozen aides at the modernist ministry building in Brasilia, the capital. She told them the new government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was about to embark on a pharaonic infrastructure project for Brazil's arid Northeast.

  • *Region supplied 5 percent of French oil needs in 1920 s. Merkwiller-Pechelbronn, France, Oct 1- S ustainably high oil prices have lured small oil explorers back to Alsace, the cradle of the French oil exploration industry that gave birth to corporate giants such as Schlumberger.

  • Novelis opens aluminium recycling plant in Germany Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 AM ET

    HAMBURG, Oct 1- Novelis, a U.S.-based manufacturer of rolled aluminium products, said it had opened a $258 million recycling plant in Germany to process aluminium scrap obtained throughout Europe. Good availability of scrap in Europe is a major reason for locating the plant in Germany, he said.

  • Novelis opens aluminum recycling plant in Germany Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 AM ET

    HAMBURG, Oct 1- Novelis, a U.S.-based manufacturer of rolled aluminum products, said it had opened a $258 million recycling plant in Germany to process aluminum scrap obtained throughout Europe. Good availability of scrap in Europe is a major reason for locating the plant in Germany, he said.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Protesters from 12 South Pacific nations plan to block ships entering and leaving Australia's Port of Newcastle, the world's largest coal export terminal, this month to highlight effects they say climate change is having on their islands.

  • California bans plastic bags     Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    California has become the first state to ban usage of plastic bags, reports CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • California plastic bag ban really helpful?     Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    CNBC contributor Carol Roth, and Kevin O'Leary, Shark Tank investor, share their opinions on news California has become the first state to ban usage of plastic bags.

  • Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Enbridge is trying to build the 612- mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin. The pipeline was expected to be ready in early 2016, but because of a "longer than expected permitting process" in Minnesota, it likely won't be in service until 2017, Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Haarsager said.

  • Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation.

  • A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 PM ET
    A shopper using plastic grocery bags in Los Angeles, 2013.

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

  • Senators ask for more oil train notifications Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    The letter was signed by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. More than a dozen oil-by-rail refining or loading facilities and terminals have been built in California, Oregon and Washington, with another two dozen new projects or expansions in the works in the three states.

  • Hey, UN—It's time for action on climate change Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:47 AM ET
    The Star Jet roller coaster remains in the water after the Casion Pier it sat on collapsed from the forces of Superstorm Sandy, February 19, 2013 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

    At the recent UN climate change confab, most leaders were like "deer in headlights," says Terry Tamminen. It's time for action.

  • Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    Hunters, campers, fishermen and others spent more than $623 million directly within 50 miles of Bureau of Land Management property in sagebrush ecosystems across more than 61 million acres, said the report by ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm founded in Oregon in 1974..

  • Climate plan faces test in Montana coal country Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 5:49 AM ET

    Steve Bullock asserts Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without losing jobs or shutting coal plants. But the view from the coal-centered town of Colstrip proved far more pessimistic Tuesday, as Bullock's claim underwent its first public test.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.