• Coal company says Illinois rival breached deal Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— A leading U.S. coal company is suing a rival with which it shared confidential business plans during a deal that later fizzled, saying the competitor used the proprietary details to buy up land in southern Illinois to thwart the accuser's expansion plans.

  • China, US differ on global plan to cut emissions Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    BEIJING— China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.

  • COLUMN-Cleaning up coal: Kemp Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:01 PM ET

    LONDON, July 9- According to the popular narrative, coal is locked in a fight to the death with natural gas and renewables to supply clean electrical energy. Promoters of gas, wind and solar often talk about coal as if it were not just a rival but an enemy.

  • July 8- California regulators violated the law by approving expanded use of pesticides that have been shown to hurt honeybees needed for pollinating key American crops, according to a lawsuit filed against the state by environmental groups on Tuesday.

  • The agreements, which involve companies and research institutions, were signed in Beijing ahead of a two-day visit to China by top Obama administration officials including Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 8- Brazil's most promising offshore oil province, the Santos Basin, has 400 times the number of oil leaks as its older and more prolific neighbor, the Campos Basin, a Brazilian university study says, raising concern about the environmental sustainability of the country's new oil wealth.

  • Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have gone in together to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a regional transportation agency, officials with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative said on Tuesday.

  • Lightning hits 3rd North Dakota saltwater facility Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    ALEXANDER, N.D.— A lightning strike Monday sparked a fire and explosion that destroyed the third North Dakota saltwater disposal facility in recent weeks, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky and leaving the smell of oil in the air.

  • Trade talks on $1 trillion in environmental goods Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    GENEVA— Diplomats from the United States, China and the European Union began talks Tuesday with 11 other countries toward a deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion of environmental goods.

  • BEIJING, July 8- The United States will press China to resume cooperation on fighting cyber espionage to ensure an orderly cyber environment, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday ahead of annual talks between the world's two largest economies this week.

  • US-China strategic talks get test this week Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 1:46 AM ET

    BEIJING— The United States and China will spend time over the next couple of days testing whether their annual "Strategic and Economic Dialogue" can produce tough compromises or just serve as a venue to talk about greater cooperation. U.S.- China gatherings in recent years have vacillated between icy and warm.

  • Wide-ranging budget bill could end up in court Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    "An omnibus fiscal code bill is not something that is per se unconstitutional," said Drew Crompton, the chief counsel for Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R- Jefferson. "Ultimately, it will be up to a court to decide, if someone wants to press the issue," said Bill Patton, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D- Allegheny.

  • LONDON, July 7- Booming demand for food in China's southern and eastern cities is worsening water shortages in arid northern provinces, adding to the country's environmental problems, new research shows.

  • Climate skeptics look to prove their skeptics wrong Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Mana Pools National Park. Zimbabwe

    Climate change skeptic group The Heartland Institute hosts its annual conference this week and hopes to take on President Obama and others.

  • 1 worker hurt in chemical leak at Dalton plant Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    ATLANTA— An accident at a chemical plant in Dalton injured a worker Monday and briefly caused authorities to close roads and warn residents in nearby apartments to stay inside, officials said.

  • LONDON, July 7- Exploring for oil and gas is like gambling: it's all about playing probabilities, and using technology and skill to improve the odds.

  • Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— In 2007, Australians were ready to do something to combat climate change, even if it was expensive. The undoing of that perspective will likely be complete after a new Senate is sworn in Monday.

  • Montana tries to move on bison conservation Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    A broad plan for managing wild bison in Montana has been in the works since 2010. Concerted opposition from ranchers slowed the initiative, and officials have since scaled back expectations for bison restoration. Among the projects being considered by state officials was the establishment of a free-raging, 1,000- bison herd somewhere in Montana.

  • Senate majority could rest on the sage grouse Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    DENVER— An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.

  • Grim brotherhood: Oil train firefighters reuniting Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Pagers beeped around 4 a.m. across rural western Maine, rousing firefighters during their July Fourth vacations with reports of a rail disaster in Quebec. Even 30 miles away, firefighters saw black smoke billowing from the town of Lac-Megantic. "It was like a World War II bombing zone," said Tim Pellerin, fire chief in Rangeley, Maine.