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  • EPA issues final rules protecting drinking water, streams Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    The White House said the rules would provide much-needed clarity for landowners, but some Republicans and farm groups said they go much too far. The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are designed to clarify which smaller waterways fall under federal protection after two Supreme Court rulings had left the...

  • HOUSTON, May 27- Progressive shareholders are pushing to add directors with climate change expertise to the boards of Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp, arguing the largest U.S. oil companies need more depth of knowledge to navigate environmental issues. In January, Europe's Royal Dutch Shell Plc backed a measure from activist investors asking it to be more...

  • BEIJING— A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer 75 million yuan and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging wastewater that severely polluted streams. The fine levied by the Longyou county court on Jinfanda Biochemical Co., which makes glyphosate, was the largest ever for a polluter in Zhejiang province,...

  • *Germany, Japan at forefront of opposition. BARCELONA, May 27- The world's richest nations are unlikely to reach a deal to phase out subsidies for coal exports at talks in June, reducing the chances of a new global climate change agreement at a U.N. conference in Paris, officials and campaigners say. One European Union official, speaking on condition of anonymity,...

  • China coal production falls in first 4 months of year Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:22 PM ET

    BEIJING— Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions. China uses roughly half of all of the world's coal production for power generation, heating and industry. Earlier this month, the...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- More than two dozen marine mammals and nearly 40 birds, most of them pelicans, have been collected dead and alive from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a petroleum pipeline ruptured there, wildlife officials said on Tuesday. Michael Ziccardi, a veterinarian from the University of California, Davis,...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 26- A second sea lion rescued from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara has died at SeaWorld San Diego, where veterinarians are still caring for 15 surviving marine mammals brought in for treatment, a spokesman said on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, 15 oil-contaminated California sea lions and two elephant seals had been brought...

  • Clarification: Arctic Drilling Protests story Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:41 PM ET

    BELLINGHAM, Wash.— In a story May 23, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Backbone Campaign group, reported that an activist chained to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans was named Chiara Rose.

  • PARIS— France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures. The bill pushed by Ecology Minister Segolene Royal was approved Tuesday by the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, with 308 votes for and 217 against.

  • LONDON, May 24- For Rivka Micklewaite and fellow students, securing a pledge this week from Oxford University to avoid direct investments in companies producing coal or tar sands is just the beginning. The second-year engineering student from Balliol College is not alone. Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund and the Church of England are among recent...

  • Senior officials from almost 200 nations will meet from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris to try to rise above the collapse of the last global climate-change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and nail down an elusive final agreement. "All the governments stress that they want to find an accord in Paris, but the questions remain complicated and getting a consensus between...

  • NEW DELHI— Four months after becoming prime minister, Narendra Modi stunned Indians by picking up a crude straw broom and, holding it like a dance partner, gently sweeping at a small pile of green leaves on a New Delhi street. As he passes one year in office, India is as filthy as it ever was with some of the world's most polluted air, rivers stinking with sewage and more...

  • GOLETA, California— Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday. Plains All American is still measuring the spill as it cleans up along the Santa Barbara County coastline and recovers oil from the pipeline.

  • FACTBOX-Policies of Canada's New Democratic Party Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    May 26- The following are some of the policies that have been released by Canada's New Democratic Party:. The NDP wants to raise the rate of tax businesses pay to bring it closer to the average among Canada's Group of Seven peers, though the NDP has not released details of what the new rate would be. The NDP has opposed Canada's military mission against Islamic State,...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 25- Canada's oil and gas industry is concerned about the inexperience of Alberta's new energy minister, but is ready to give her the benefit of the doubt for now as she takes on the closely watched role, analysts and executives said on Monday. Marg McCauig-Boyd, a one-time teacher with a master's degree in administration and leadership from...

  • OTTAWA, May 25- North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies. The agreement comes even as Canada's right-leaning Conservative government and the Obama administration clash over the lengthy and ongoing U.S....

  • GOLETA, Calif.— Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday. Plains All American is still measuring the spill as it cleans up along the Santa Barbara County coastline and recovers oil from the pipeline. Oil blackened area...

  • ORANGE BEACH, Ala.— With the Memorial Day holiday just around the corner, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Questions remain about the long-term environmental impacts of the BP...

  • EAST DUBUQUE, Illinois, May 25- Mario Enriquez says there's no real trick to getting great fuel mileage in a big truck. Enriquez averaged 9.74 miles per gallon from February to April in an International ProStar made by Navistar International Corp. For that, his employer, Mesilla Valley Transportation, awarded him a Nissan Versa compact car.

  • SEATTLE— One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could pose in the remote waters off northwestern Alaska. Protester Matt Fuller requested...