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  • OSLO, Feb 26- A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. Examining temperatures of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans back to 1850, which have natural swings in winds and currents that can last decades, the scientists said a cooler...

  • When the Lindavia entered Dutch Harbor Feb. 12 to pick up fish for delivery to Asia, the crew notified the Coast Guard that it had suffered damage to some navigation lights and radar systems during storms on its voyage to Alaska from China, Feldis said. Coast Guard officials noticed the possible environmental crimes when they boarded the ship to check the damage.

  • The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's environmental record has come under renewed scrutiny after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accepted large donations from major energy companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The groups also got money from...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 25- Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will re-introduce legislation on Thursday designed to encourage the development of clean coal technologies that could keep the fuel a key source of American power generation. The bill, which is likely to be popular in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate but face opposition from the White House,...

  • Second golden eagle in 3 years killed at Nevada wind farm Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 2:57 PM ET

    Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Dan Balduini said Wednesday he couldn't speculate about how the agency might respond after the second golden eagle in three years was found dead Feb. 9 at Spring Valley Wind Energy. Pattern Energy owns the facility in White Pine County, about 250 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Rene Braud, Pattern Energy's director of...

  • ADM cuts biodiesel output as industry hit by weak margins Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:23 PM ET

    WINNIPEG/ NEW YORK, Feb 25- Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world's top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable fuel policy while the oil rout curbs demand. The Chicago- based agri business has "temporarily" shifted production at its Velva, North Dakota, oilseeds...

  • Governors looking to expand renewable energy, natural gas Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    BOSTON— The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joining forces to look for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity. He said it's important for Massachusetts to embrace regional cooperation with neighboring states to pursue natural gas expansion.

  • Off the hook: US Supreme Court dismisses fish suit Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:59 AM ET
    The U.S. Supreme Court

    Justices said the law intended to prevent fraud committed by companies like Enron, WorldCom does not apply to Florida fisherman.

  • LONDON, Feb 25- "Because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest- including our security, safety and environment- it has earned my veto." With those words, the president returned the Keystone pipeline authorization act to the Senate...

  • The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama's veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3. The TransCanada Corp pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil sands crude to Nebraska en route to refineries and ports along the U.S.

  • Proposals push nuclear energy in Washington state Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Some lawmakers are pushing proposals to advance nuclear power as part of Washington's future energy mix. Sharon Brown, R- Kennewick, promote nuclear energy, focusing on small nuclear reactors that are designed to be built in factories, shipped to a site by truck or train and assembled on location. The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard one bill Tuesday...

  • UPDATE 1-Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Barack Obama on Tuesday swiftly delivered on his vow to veto a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period. The Senate received Obama's veto message and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately countered by announcing...

  • *Expects FY earnings $4.70- $4.80/ shr vs est. Feb 24- Macy's Inc said sales and margins in the current quarter would be hurt by disruptions at U.S. West Coast ports, and the retailer forecast full-year profit and revenue that fell short of analysts' expectations. The company, which operates the upscale Bloomingdale's chain as well as its namesake stores, forecast...

  • EU moves ahead with greenhouse gas trading reform Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    BRUSSELS— European Union lawmakers have backed plans to reform the EU's vast greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to protect it from fluctuations in the economy. The system sets limits on certain greenhouse gases that factories and power plants can emit and allows companies to trade allowances if they cannot avoid more emissions. Heavy fines are imposed...

  • NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is launching an online shop on its site that aims to help customers find products that are good for the environment from manufacturers that have been leaders in sustainability. The items are not being sold at a premium, says Rob Kaplan, Wal-Mart's director of product sustainability. The Sustainability Index analyzes and gathers information...

  • Brazil detains alleged deforestation king of Amazon Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Brazil has detained a land-grabber thought to be the Amazon's single biggest deforester, the country's environmental protection agency said. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources said Ezequiel Antonio Castanha, who was detained Saturday in the state of Para, operated a network that illegally seized...

  • WASHINGTON— Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Instead, Obama sought to reassert his authority to make the decision himself, rebuffing GOP lawmakers who will control both the House and...

  • DENVER— A Colorado task force is recommending that local governments be given a consulting role on some decisions about the location of large oil and gas facilities, but the panel decided against suggesting that cities and counties be allowed to enforce their own rules. The recommendations include expanding the staffs of two state agencies that regulate oil...

  • SEATTLE— A Skagit County hearing examiner handed conservation groups a victory Monday, ruling that an oil-by-rail project at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery near Anacortes should undergo a full environmental review. In 2013, Shell sought a development permit from Skagit County to build a rail spur from existing railroad tracks to handle oil brought in by...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— About 150 people, businesses and organizations filed written comments on a proposal to increase minimum allowable distance between oil and gas wells and homes in Wyoming from 350 to 500 feet, state Oil and Gas Supervisor Mark Watson said Monday. Most comments had come from Laramie County and roughly half of all comments supported the change while...