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  • QUITO, July 3- Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting the Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution. Yet with a heavy reliance on oil and mining, Ecuador, where Pope Francis begins his South America tour this weekend, is a prime example of tensions between...

  • Fast fashion has a dirty little secret Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    A woman walks past an H&M store in New York

    Fast fashion has a dirty little secret and the solution, this fashion entrepreneur says, is made in America.

  • NEW ORLEANS— More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions. Federal and state government officials touted the...

  • Is China's climate pledge full of hot air? Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:33 PM ET

    China's climate pledge to the United Nations this week has been widely applauded, but some experts believe the government is under-promising.

  • July 2- The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory "framework" to boost public confidence in a system that critics call a failure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed a rule in 2008 after being cited in a government...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. Florida would receive $3.25 billion, with about $2 billion for economic loss and the rest distributed throughout the state to environmental projects such as beaches and piers.

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc has reached an $18.7 billion deal with the U.S government and five states to settle litigation stemming from its deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil well blowout and explosion that killed 11 men and unleashed the worst spill in U.S. history. It also seeks to resolve environmental and economic damage claims by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,...

  • ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, July 2- The White House said on Thursday it was pleased to see an agreement reached with BP to end litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • July 2- BP Plc's agreed to pay out $18.7 billion to the U.S. government and five coastal states to settle damages claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. The following are details of the payouts and reaction from officials in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas:. LOUISIANA: The hardest state because of its proximity to the spill will receive more...

  • July 2- The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday that Greece would need an extension of its European Union loans and a large debt writeoff if it grows more slowly than expected and economic reforms are not implemented. The IMF warning in a preliminary draft of its latest debt sustainability report came as Greece readies for a Sunday referendum on an...

  • July 2- BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement of damages claims from the U.S. government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. PAVEL MOLCHANOV, ANALYST AT RAYMOND JAMES:. "The total amount-- $18.7 billion-- obviously is a massive payout, but it's spread over 15 to 18 years, making it quite manageable from a cash flow standpoint.

  • July 2- BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. Clean Water Act fines and natural resources damages, along with claims by Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,...

  • NEW ORLEANS— BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.. When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010, it killed 11 people and spread miles of black oil across the Gulf Coast before the...

  • BERLIN— The German government is scrapping plans for a levy on the most-polluting coal-fired power stations and will instead phase some of the plants out. The Economy Ministry said Thursday that 13 percent of Germany's total lignite-burning power plant capacity will be put into a reserve role and then phased out entirely after four years.

  • BERLIN, July 2- Germany has abandoned plans for a levy on coal-fired power plants but will reduce brown-coal power generation to safeguard its 2020 carbon-reduction targets, coalition leaders agreed on Thursday. The plans, which follow months of wrangling within Angela Merkel's government, were welcomed by industry but condemned by environmental groups...

  • Resolution Copper Mining says the mine will usher in a new era of prosperity for Arizona, bringing in the equivalent of roughly a $1 billion worth of revenue annually for about 60 years in a state still trying to emerge from the housing bust. And it will claim nearly 5- square miles on the edge of nearby Superior to store mining waste that can be toxic.

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Dominion Virginia Power on Wednesday suggested how it may transition to new ways of generating energy, citing the uncertainty of new U.S. environmental rules. In a letter submitted to the SCC, Dominion executive Robert M. Blue said the 2015 plan arrives amid "a period of change and uncertainty," due in large part to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— The largest electric utility in Kansas would refund $10 million to its customers and decrease future rates slightly under an agreement Wednesday to settle a complaint filed by state regulators with the federal government. Westar Energy Inc., based in Topeka, also would receive lower earnings from its transmission investments than it was...

  • Supreme Court ruling against a federal regulation aimed at cutting air pollution from power plants will limit growth for Cabot Corp and Calgon Carbon Corp, which make activated carbon used to curb mercury emissions. The tiny $80 million market for activated carbon could have shot up to $300 million- $350 million by 2017, analysts had said.

  • Environmentally friendly green bonds' growth spurt pauses Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 10:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 1- Issuance of green bonds for financing low-carbon transport and other environmentally friendly projects has flattened after tripling last year, with some companies seeing little price advantage and possibly higher costs from selling the debt. Deals for green bonds, including the first by issuers in India, totaled $18.22 billion in the six...