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  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Protesters from 12 South Pacific nations plan to block ships entering and leaving Australia's Port of Newcastle, the world's largest coal export terminal, this month to highlight effects they say climate change is having on their islands.

  • California bans plastic bags     Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    California has become the first state to ban usage of plastic bags, reports CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • California plastic bag ban really helpful?     Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    CNBC contributor Carol Roth, and Kevin O'Leary, Shark Tank investor, share their opinions on news California has become the first state to ban usage of plastic bags.

  • Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Enbridge is trying to build the 612- mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin. The pipeline was expected to be ready in early 2016, but because of a "longer than expected permitting process" in Minnesota, it likely won't be in service until 2017, Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Haarsager said.

  • Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation.

  • A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 PM ET
    A shopper using plastic grocery bags in Los Angeles, 2013.

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

  • Senators ask for more oil train notifications Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    The letter was signed by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. More than a dozen oil-by-rail refining or loading facilities and terminals have been built in California, Oregon and Washington, with another two dozen new projects or expansions in the works in the three states.

  • Hey, UN—It's time for action on climate change Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:47 AM ET
    The Star Jet roller coaster remains in the water after the Casion Pier it sat on collapsed from the forces of Superstorm Sandy, February 19, 2013 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

    At the recent UN climate change confab, most leaders were like "deer in headlights," says Terry Tamminen. It's time for action.

  • Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    Hunters, campers, fishermen and others spent more than $623 million directly within 50 miles of Bureau of Land Management property in sagebrush ecosystems across more than 61 million acres, said the report by ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm founded in Oregon in 1974..

  • Climate plan faces test in Montana coal country Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 5:49 AM ET

    Steve Bullock asserts Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without losing jobs or shutting coal plants. But the view from the coal-centered town of Colstrip proved far more pessimistic Tuesday, as Bullock's claim underwent its first public test.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.

  • They said their countries would cooperate on security and to fight terrorism and would back a "rules based" global order in which India assumes greater multilateral responsibility, including a reformed U.N. Security Council. "We have a vision that the United States and India will have a transformative relationship as trusted partners in the 21st century.

  • Dominion natural gas exports plan gets federal OK Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Dominion Energy received federal approval late Monday to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

  • Six industries at big risk in California's drought Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    Six industries are struggling to survive the ongoing California drought, NBC News reports.

  • State probing Millstone water released into sound Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    WATERFORD, Conn.— State environmental officials are taking a closer look at the impact of more than 2 billion gallons of heated water discharged each day into Long Island Sound from Connecticut's nuclear plant.

  • Politics meets energy at New Hampshire summit Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    Jeb Bradley— who made the quip about prices— and also from candidates for governor and U.S. Senate: Democrats Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and their respective Republican challengers Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown.

  • Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.

  • MADRID/ SYDNEY, Sept 28- A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.