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  • LONDON, April 28- Flying has become less energy intensive than driving, at least in the United States, according to the surprising findings of an analysis of energy consumption by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute. Transporting one person a distance of one mile by aircraft consumed on average the energy equivalent to 2,465...

  • UN, Vatican team up for climate change agenda Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 5:30 AM ET

    VATICAN CITY— The United Nations and Vatican joined forces Tuesday to warn about the dire effects of climate change, gathering religious leaders, Nobel laureates and heads of state to present a united front ahead of make-or-break environment talks later this year in Paris. Ban opened a Vatican conference on the environment that is a key part of the Holy See's...

  • Groups want review of Shell's Arctic regulatory filings Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 12:43 AM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Two groups petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the groups call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Arctic offshore drilling. The petition was filed Monday by Oceana and the Abrams Environmental Law...

  • Major rescue underway on Mount Everest   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 9:16 PM ET
    Major rescue underway on Mount Everest

    After a powerful earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, a rescue mission is underway on the slopes of the world's highest peak. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

  • PARIS, April 27- The next generation of nuclear reactors being developed in countries such as France, Russia, China and Japan may not be safer than those being built today, French nuclear safety watchdog IRSN said on Monday. In a study of six future reactor designs being worked on by the U.S.-led " Generation IV International Forum", the IRSN said only the...

  • Cities struggle with CA's efforts to save water Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    The Beverly Hills lily pond with the city's famous sign is seen during a severe drought in Beverly Hills, California on April 9, 2015.

    Challenges have bedeviled some of California water conservation efforts, and experts expect uneven levels of compliance and success.

  • MADRID— Greenpeace has called on Spain's government to dedicate more resources to cleaning up an oil spill rising up from a sunken fishing trawler off the Canary Islands after spotting a five-kilometer slick. The group said one of its planes had detected "thick oil" covering the ocean just above where the Russian fishing boat Oleg Naydenov sank on April 14, about...

  • NORWICH, Vt.— The Vermont town of Norwich is now the first community in the state where all municipal buildings get their electricity from the sun through a deal with a local solar provider that sends more power from the sun onto the electric grid than is used in town buildings. But the financial savings is only a part of the reason the town signed the deal with...

  • Like shale oil, solar power is shaking up global energy Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 PM ET

    SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 26- One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world's top industrialised nations. Solar power is set to become profitable in Japan as early as this quarter, according to the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, freeing it from the need for government subsidies and...

  • Coral reef vanishing act threatens coasts Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    St. Martin, an island the Caribbean where as much as 80% of coral have been wiped out.

    Years of overfishing, boating and environmental degradation are causing coral reefs to disappear, and scientists say that's a huge danger around the world.

  • House GOP finalizes bid in education funding debate Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 1:31 AM ET

    Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats who control the Senate. During a House session that began Friday and stretched into early Saturday morning, GOP lawmakers offered a budget bill that also would limit future salary hikes for administration officials, cut the new Metropolitan Council chair's salary in half and remove the governor's ability to appoint those...

  • 7th-largest economy? The answer might surprise you Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:05 PM ET
    A dense school of brown striped snapper in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

    If oceans were considered a country, their worth would outshine the likes of Russia and Brazil's economies, according to a new report.

  • HOUSTON— In the year since the energy industry last gathered in for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming. IHS's Kurt Barrow expects oil prices to maybe climb back to $65 a barrel by the end of the year. Adam Sieminski, administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, expects oil to average...

  • Clarification: New England Energy story Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— In a story April 23 about energy policy, The Associated Press reported that five of New England' s six governors said they would work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New England governors discuss ways to chop energy prices. HARTFORD, Conn.— New England' s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A former shop teacher has sued the high school where he used to work, saying he was fired after pointing out safety violations in its woodshop. Keegan Day of Pomfret was hired in June to teach woodworking at Norwich Free Academy. David Klien, the head of the school said, "You know this is going to cost the school at least $200,000," according to the lawsuit.

  • DETROIT— Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming— and they don't require congressional approval. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the plans at Michigan State University, where Obama...

  • Is dirty air damaging the brains of city dwellers? Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:07 AM ET
    Smog over Beijing, China.

    City air pollution could hurt your brain, Harvard researchers suggested Thursday.

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japan's government has proposed making nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country's electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy to account for slightly more, media reported on Friday. It will, however, mark a shift away from nuclear power, which contributed to about 30 percent of Japan's electricity supply before the...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England' s fishing grounds. The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England Fishery Management Council debated changes to habitat protections in the Gulf of Maine,...

  • LIMA, Peru— Mourners carried a coffin holding a 61- year-old farmer through the streets of a southern Peru port city Thursday after the man became the first fatality of a monthlong protest against a Mexican-owned copper mining project. Agriculture Minister Juan Manuel Benites, the chief government negotiator in the dispute, said the widening protest against...