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  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Ten environmental groups Tuesday sued a federal agency over its approval of a plan by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for exploratory petroleum drilling off Alaska's northwest coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last month signed off on Shell's exploratory drilling plan in the Chukchi Sea, which calls for two drill rigs and a support...

  • DENVER— A Colorado coal mine at the center of a legal fight over whether coal's impact on climate change needs to be considered before it is mined is asking to keep mining while it appeals a federal court ruling. On Friday, the Colowyo Coal Co. asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to overturn a ruling requiring federal regulators to redo their...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 2- Alberta, the Canadian province whose carbon-intensive oil sands are the largest source U.S. oil imports, said on Tuesday it will have new climate change regulations in place by June 30, when its current system is set to expire. Alberta's New Democratic government, which ended 44 years of Conservative rule in the province in an election last...

  • "Negative impacts are not only something in the future- they are something now," said Zou Ji, a co-leader of the U.N. review of consultations about science policy for governments working on a U.N. climate deal in Paris in December. All sides at the presentation of the report, on the sidelines of June 1-11 talks on the Paris accord, said government promises so far for...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, June 2- Alberta, the Canadian province whose carbon-intensive oil sands are the largest source U.S. oil imports, said on Tuesday it will have new climate change regulations in place by June 30, when its current system is set to expire.

  • The EPA has yet to issue its "endangerment finding," despite pressure from environmental groups who first sued the agency to start the rulemaking process in 2010. A federal court in 2011 said the EPA must address aircraft emissions under the U.S. The EPA had initially promised the finding would be ready in 2014.. Most observers expect the EPA to say that aviation...

  • Appeals court sides with EPA on air pollution limits Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 12:47 PM ET

    States including Mississippi, Indiana and Texas had challenged the EPA's finding that certain areas within their borders were violating the standard. Connecticut and Delaware argued that the EPA should have designated more than a dozen eastern states in violation, saying their air quality was being hindered by other states. The Obama administration...

  • NEW ORLEANS— A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. Defense attorneys countered that David Rainey's estimates were the best he could do as he and other BP...

  • LONDON/ BONN, June 2- A global carbon emissions pricing system pushed by top energy companies is unlikely to be a big part of any United Nations' deal to curb global warming, some experts say, because many countries have little faith in such cross-border initiatives. "All countries are relatively skeptical on international market mechanisms," said Niklas Hoehne,...

  • BERLIN, June 2- Ukraine's biggest private power producer DTEK hopes to hammer out a deal with banks by October to delay payment of most of its $3 billion in debt as it is unable to service obligations after being hit by the country's political crisis, its CEO said. About a third of DTEK's debt is public in the form of Eurobonds, but the vast majority is owed to banks...

  • The joint declaration issued by six European oil and gas majors was cautiously embraced by the United Nations, which will host negotiations this December in Paris aimed at designing a plan to cut the fossil fuel emissions that scientists blame for rising temperatures. Total SA, Statoil, BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Eni and BG Group Plc called for "decisive action"...

  • LONDON, June 2- Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a global pricing system for carbon emissions on Monday, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, to work on a U.N. deal to fight climate change. Thirty-two energy companies led by Russia's Gazprom accounted for almost a third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions in...

  • California farmers plan to avoid water-sucking crops Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Moving to meet voluntary water conservation targets, dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless California drought, officials said. California cities and businesses have also been ordered...

  • MANAGUA, Nicaragua— An environmental study has concluded a planned $50 billion canal across this Central American nation is "viable," officials said Monday, but without releasing details of the report. Canal Commission spokesman Telemaco Talavera said the next step is to submit the findings to an analysis conducted jointly with the Environment Ministry.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said. At least 120 farmers in the delta east of San Francisco had filed...

  • Southern Copper Corp's $1.4 billion Tia Maria project was put on hold last month amid deadly protests. David Montoya, a cabinet official tasked with conflict prevention, accused protest leaders of feeding fears about pollution from Tia Maria in order to win the dispute and pave a political future for themselves. Several leading opponents of Tia Maria belong...

  • OSLO, June 1- France suggested on Monday that world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also said France hoped to agree some elements of a U.N. climate deal by October, weeks...

  • PITTSBURGH— Chevron Appalachia LLC has agreed to pay a nearly $940,000 fine levied by the state Department of Environmental Protection over a natural gas well explosion and fire that killed a contractor. Last month, Chevron agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the worker, Ian McKee, 27, of Morgantown, West Virginia.

  • Beloved Missoula artist Dolack to close gallery Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A customer from New Hampshire just told Monte Dolack that she's stopped by his gallery for years when he breaks the news. He's closing his showroom on West Front Street after 22 years and some 255 First Fridays, by his estimate. His surrealist and sometimes whimsical prints and posters have reached far beyond the Montana landscapes they depict, to...

  • BEIJING— Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs. KFC's China CEO Qu Cuirong said in a statement that it was hard for companies to protect their brands against rumors because of the difficulties in...