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  • Need more commitment from China on environment: CEO  Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis, says there has been progress made at the COP20 event in Lima on climate change, but more commitment is needed from China and India to tackle the issue.

  • Natural gas down 29 pct in a month Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. Bob Brackett, an analyst at Bernstein Research, wrote in a recent note to investors that he expects natural gas to average "in the low 3' s" into the spring, and a warm winter could push the price below $3.00. Last year at this time natural...

  • Work starts on disputed offshore windmill project Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Work began Tuesday on a proposed New Jersey wind power project that's still very much up in the air. The plan, rejected three times by New Jersey utility regulators, is the subject of a court appeal due to be heard in March. "This milestone marks the commencement of construction for Fishermen's Atlantic City wind farm, a project that will bring...

  • APNewsBreak: DC farm site is ecological disaster Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A massive urban farm project the District of Columbia mayor announced with great fanfare more than 18 months ago is falling apart. The site is so contaminated, a recent survey by the city estimated it would take $1 million to clean up. With Mayor Vincent Gray leaving office, New York- based BrightFarms is likely to walk away from a project it once said...

  • Court rejects 2 ozone regulations Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said EPA cannot increase the amount of compliance time by an additional year and cannot revoke ozone requirements for highway projects. Writing for the majority, appeals judge Sri Srinivasan said the EPA's action was untethered to Congress's approach. The Natural Resources...

  • Imposters! Circus passes dyed dogs off as pandas Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:27 AM ET
    Mother giant panda Juxiao is seen with one of her triplets at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, December 9, 2014.

    Environmental police in Italy seized two dogs from a circus that had dyed the pooches' fur in hopes of passing them off as pandas, The Local reported.

  • Trashing electronics becomes illegal in New York Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    Starting Jan. 1, the final phase of New York's 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called "e-waste" in the garbage. "Now you have to recycle it," said John Shegerian, CEO of Fresno, Calif.- based Electronic Recyclers International, which provides e-waste recycling services for New York City, Los Angeles and 150 other...

  • Energy firm to pay $1M over issues at Pa. gas well Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— A landslide, wastewater spill and other issues at a southwestern Pennsylvania natural gas drilling site are resulting in a $1 million fine. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday that Vantage Energy of Englewood, Colorado, has to pay the money immediately and clean up the site by the end of 2015.. The DEP tells the Tribune-Review that a...

  • OSLO, Dec 22- Greenhouse gas emissions by the world's top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday. The top 500 firms by capitalisation accounted for 13.8 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions and 28 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, according to the...

  • Superfund site still passing tests decades later Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    AMAZONIA, Mo.— Tests show that a former northwest Missouri landfill that once was among the country's most polluted spots poses little risk today, 20 years after cleanup work was completed at the site. Wheeling Disposal began operating a landfill in the 1970 s in a rural area near Amazonia, The St. Joseph News-Press reported. A cap made of plastic, clay and soil was...

  • Wheat yields most vulnerable in already hot regions. OSLO, Dec 22- Global warming will cut average wheat yields by six percent for every degree Celsius of temperature rise in a bigger-than-expected brake on food production in a hotter world, a study said on Monday. In recent decades, wheat yields had declined in hotter sites such as in India, Africa, Brazil and...

  • JAKARTA, Dec 22- The Ciliwung River flows from a volcano south of the Indonesian capital, through the heart of one of the world's most densely populated cities and almost into Jakarta Bay. The same is true for the rest of the half-dozen sewage-choked rivers that wind though central Jakarta. "Jakarta is a bowl, and the bowl is sinking," said Fook Chuan Eng, senior water...

  • Not so White Christmas, expect rain  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    The Weather Channel's Keith Carson provides a holiday weather forecast for Christmas travelers.

  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in...

  • Gas flares in Eagle Ford Shale continue upward Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    SAN ANTONIO— Gas flaring in the most profitable shale field in the U.S. is on pace to surpass to 2013 levels of waste and pollution in South Texas, according to a newspaper analysis of state records published Sunday. The Eagle Ford Shale burned off more than 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas in the first seven months of this year, according to the Railroad...

  • Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua— As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980 s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. Ruiz's property on the banks of Nicaragua's Rio Grande sits in the path of a $50 billion transoceanic waterway set to break ground on Monday. Whether or not landowners do actually take up arms,...

  • Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    MIAMI— One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action. As a result, Cuba produces just 55,000 barrels of oil per day. Cuba needs 155,000 barrels per day, and it fills the gap with oil from Venezuela, part of a trade...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. The EPA ruled that the ash can be treated like regular garbage, meaning regulating the stuff will be left up to states and watchful citizens. "We had to go to court to force EPA to issue this first-ever coal ash rule, and unfortunately, we will be back in court to force coal plants to...

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he...