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  • China lowers growth target, promises to open industries Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    BEIJING— China announced a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive. The growth target of about 7 percent, down from last year's 7.5 percent, is in line with efforts to create a "moderately prosperous society," said Premier Li...

  • ELIZABETH, N.J.— Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have assailed a proposed court settlement of about $250 million between Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Exxon Mobil in an oil and chemical contamination case in which the state originally sought nearly $9 billion. The contamination case stretches back to 2004, when the state...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 4- Environmentalists in California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Contra Costa County over its approval last month of a plan to increase propane recovery at Phillips 66' s Rodeo refinery, saying the environmental review did not take into account the broader impact of the project. In early February, the Contra Costa Board of...

  • NEW YORK— A U.S. senator is requesting that three federal agencies investigate Lumber Liquidators following a "60 Minutes" report that said the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards. The "60 Minutes" report, which aired Sunday on CBS, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains...

  • NEW YORK— Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with Netflix for a series of documentaries he will produce for the streaming service. Netflix announced Wednesday that DiCaprio and his production company, Appian Way, have signed a first-look deal with Netflix for nonfiction projects. The company says DiCaprio and Netflix will seek to develop and acquire...

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. "Refusing to go along at this time with such an extreme proposed regulation would give the courts time to figure out if it is even legal, and it would give Congress more time to fight back.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— A dozen wells used to pump oil and gas in California's Central Valley have been ordered to stop production to protect underground drinking water from contamination, officials said Tuesday. The operators of 10 oil wells in Kern County voluntarily stopped production, while two were issued cease-and-desist orders, said Steven Bohlen, head of oil,...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. "It makes economic sense for the state to retain and promote our farms to feed our residents and preserve our land,"...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union's environment body says the 28 member states need to do more to meet long-term environmental goals, including targets for greenhouse gas emissions. The European Environment Agency said in its five-yearly report released Tuesday that the EU's level of ambition "may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental...

  • A deeper look at the #KillTheKCup movement Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:16 PM ET
    A Keurig Green Mountain machine

    The non-recyclable and non-biodegradable cups have incited a lot of frustration on the part of environmental advocates.

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexican authorities have fined a mining company about $1.5 million for an Aug. 7 spill of copper sulfate and heavy metals that contaminated two rivers in northern Mexico. The Attorney General for Environmental Protection found 55 violations at the Buenavista copper mine in the northern border state of Sonora. The mine operated by Mexican...

  • TOANO, Va.— Lumber Liquidators is refuting a "60 Minutes" report that raised health concerns about some of its laminate flooring products and pushed its stock price to its lowest level in more than two years. In a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lumber Liquidators said all of its laminate flooring meets the safety standards set by...

  • SEATTLE— Several environmental groups on Monday sued the Port of Seattle to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet. The Port of Seattle in early February signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime Co., whose client is Shell, to rent 50 acres across from downtown Seattle.

  • Democrats fend off GOP renewable energy bill Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 11:03 AM ET

    DENVER— A Republican effort to reduce renewable energy mandates on Colorado utilities failed its first test before a Democratic panel Monday. The rejection of the renewable-energy reduction continued a string of misses for the GOP, which has tried to use its bigger piece of the Legislature to roll back laws passed in recent years. Dan Thurlow, R- Grand Junction,...

  • The Internet's newest hit: A movie about smog Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 10:07 AM ET
    A cyclist wearing mask rides along a road in Nanjing, China.

    A film critical of China's smog is an online hit, suggesting greater tolerance discussing the country's pollution, the FT reports.

  • NEW YORK— Shares of Lumber Liquidators are sliding in Monday premarket trading following a report on "60 Minutes" that the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards. The "60 Minutes" report, which aired on CBS on Sunday, said that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of...

  • State board to hear anti-wind group's appeal Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:06 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is scheduled to meet this week to consider an appeal of the Bingham Wind Project by the anti-wind group Friends of Maine's Mountains. The Kennebec Journal reports that the project has received the approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Bingham Wind Project, which would...

  • BEIJING— A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution. Hosted by former state television reporter Chai Jing, "Under the Dome" offers a well-produced look at the cost to the environment of 30 years of...

  • SHANGHAI, March 2- China's environmental ministry has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve air quality. Inspectors from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection last week summoned mayors from the cities of Linyi in the eastern province of...