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  • MEXICO CITY— The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The orange-and-black butterflies are suffering from loss of milkweed habitat in the United States, illegal logging in Mexico and...

  • NEW ORLEANS— An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified Tuesday that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty. The day's first witness was Richard Morrison, regional president and chairman of the board for BP Exploration and...

  • NEW DELHI— India and America's declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. President Barack Obama's three-day visit to New Delhi raised hopes for concrete plans to tackle India's fossil fuel dependency and to resolve a four-year standoff over liability that...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • BUCHANAN, Liberia— The auburn-red soil and lush green vegetation lured the foreign investors to Liberia's third-largest city with visions of environmental gold. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a little known U.S. government agency 4,700 miles away, backed the venture with $217 million in loan approvals from 2008 to 2011..

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • Australia temperatures to rise fastest among peers Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 10:31 PM ET

    Australia faced a rise in temperature of more than 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, an increase that is quicker than global rates.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said Monday. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, said she was briefed last week by federal officials who told her the Obama...

  • More than 4 million gallons of a mixture of fresh water, brine and oil have been pumped from the area affected by the largest saltwater spill of North Dakota's current energy boom, according to a report issued Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The report provides an overall assessment on the nearly 3 million-gallon spill of saltwater generated by...

  • But if the Alaska delegation is any hint as to where things are headed, his proposal is going nowhere in a Republican-controlled Congress. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy committee, said the administration's plans were a "kick to the gut" that treated Alaska as if it were a "snow globe out there" that should be left untouched. There is no drilling in the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, although Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday. But the fate of the $8 billion project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with TransCanada, the pipeline's developer. The Republican-controlled Congress is...

  • Not just a snowstorm, but a weather 'bombogenesis' Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, a major winter storm develops over the mid-Atlantic region and is bringing snow to the Northeast of the U.S. pictured at 14:15 UTC on January 26, 2015.

    The storm that hit the East Coast last week underwent "bombogenesis," and forecasters say it could happen again to Winter Storm Juno.

  • Montana oil spill estimate lowered to 30,000 gallons Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Authorities have lowered to 30,000 gallons their estimate of the amount of oil that spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Wendy Thomi said Monday that owner Bridger Pipeline of Casper, Wyoming, had recovered about 20,000 gallons of crude left in the...

  • Your opinion on global warming may change today Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 11:52 AM ET
    People walk in Manhattan during a snowstorm on January 21, 2014 in New York City.

    People's attitudes toward global warming are dependent on the weather. They are less likely to believe on colder days.

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by a former BP Plc executive who contested whether he can be charged with obstruction of Congress for downplaying the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Prosecutors say David Rainey misled members of Congress over the amount of oil spilled in the April 2010 Deepwater...

  • OSLO, Jan 26- Last year tied with 2010 as the hottest on record, in a new sign of long-term global warming stoked by human activities, according to British data on Monday that back up U.S. findings of record-breaking heat in 2014.. The worldwide data, compiled by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia from records stretching back to 1850, showed average...

  • LEWISBURG, W.Va.— A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water. The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River late Friday night when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92. Lewisburg Public Works director Mark Carver tells media...

  • "They were very prepared," said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative. And Justice Department attorney Brandon Robers noted that his cooperative is funded by oil companies and led in part by BP. BP PLC's overall market value is $122 billion, but its lawyers have said that paying...

  • ST. ALBANS, Vt.— Top Vermont officials told farmers in the agriculture-dependent northwestern corner of the state on Monday they could be held legally accountable if they don't participate in a series of efforts designed to clean up Lake Champlain. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross, Attorney General William Sorrell and Department of Environmental...

  • Unmanned drones could play key roles in food supply Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Steven Edgar, president and CEO of ADAVSO, says his Idaho- based business will use a...