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  • CONCORD, N.H.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for a little harmony over rules used to enforce a ban on ivory that ended up snagging a pair of teenage bagpipers at the Canadian border. In August, Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean of New Hampshire were returning from a competition in Canada when their pipes were taken. The teenagers contacted New...

  • WASHINGTON— House Republicans Friday passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The measure includes a big boost to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal and also contains money that would keep the Yucca Mountain...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In a story April 29 about Gov. Jerry Brown's new target for reducing carbon emissions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that California has cut its emissions to about 25 percent below 1990 levels. SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Here are some things to know about California Gov.

  • April 30- The Church of England said on Thursday it has decided to blacklist coal and tar sands investments over climate change concerns, the Financial Times reported. The Church said it would sell 12 million sterling of its holdings in thermal coal and tar sands companies, two of the most polluting fossil fuels, the newspaper said. The Church, which has an...

  • The 'Megacities' are coming, and they're voracious Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
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    The New York metropolitan area gobbles up more energy than any other major city in the world, according to new research.

  • BRUSSELS, April 30- The European Commission on Thursday called for a tougher U.N. The European Union has already introduced its own law to curb climate-harming hydrofluorocarbons, also called "F-gases", used in fridges and air conditioners. The European Union is seeking to lead the push for more ambitious action on curbing greenhouse gases ahead of a conference...

  • US, Japan miss UN climate change fund deadline Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 11:08 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM— A key U.N. climate fund hit a snag Thursday as major donors including the United States and Japan failed to meet a deadline for converting their pledges of climate aid into signed agreements. The U.S. pledged $3 billion to the fund while Japan promised $1.5 billion. "Despite U.S. missing the deadline, negotiations are ongoing and must be concluded as soon...

  • Japan proposes cutting emissions by a quarter by 2030 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 9:46 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan is proposing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 26 percent by 2030 amid international efforts to create a new framework for addressing climate change. The final draft of the government target, released Thursday, said Japan will aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels, or 25.4 percent from 2005 levels.

  • Some of the endangered bird species are the Polynesian Ground-dove, the Tahiti Monarch and the Tuamotu Sandpiper, named after an island chain in French Polynesia, according to Cambridge, England- based BirdLife. "It's really sobering to realize that some of the species to be saved... have populations lower than the number of staff working at Rovio Entertainment,"...

  • LONDON, April 30- Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean near Alaska this summer despite opposition from environmental groups. The Anglo-Dutch oil major is preparing "an armada of 25 vessels" to begin a two-year program to explore two to three wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska, Chief Financial Officer...

  • SHANGHAI, April 30- Beijing authorities have fined U.S.-based J.R. Simplot's China processing unit, which supplies frozen french fries to McDonald's Corp, 3.92 million yuan for water pollution, state media and Simplot said. A local regulator in Fengtai district of Beijing found that Beijing Simplot Food Processing Co Ltd had been discharging contaminated...

  • Jerry Brown defended newly unveiled plans on Thursday that call for dramatically scaling back the amount of habitat restoration done while twin tunnels are built around California's freshwater delta to deliver water to farms and millions of people throughout the state. The amount of land targeted for environmental improvements changed because there...

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary— Greenpeace says leaking, rusted barrels full of toxic materials stored in the open at a defunct chemical company in Hungary could cause an environmental catastrophe. Gergely Simon, a Greenpeace chemicals expert, called the situation at the Budapest Chemical Works "near catastrophic." "We are turning to the government for funds to be able to...

  • Chinese builder puts up 57-story skyscraper in 19 days Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    CHANGSHA, China— A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world's fastest builder after erecting a 57- story skyscraper in 19 working days in central China. The Broad Sustainable Building Co. put up the rectangular, glass-and-steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha using a modular method, assembling three floors per day,...

  • Record pollution fine for McDonald's supplier in China Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:30 AM ET

    BEIJING— A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported. The official Xinhua News Agency said late Wednesday that Beijing environmental officials levied a record fine of 3.8 million yuan, or more than $650,000, against Beijing...

  • Record pollution fine for McDonald's supplier in China Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 11:50 PM ET

    BEIJING— A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater. The official Xinhua News Agency reported late Wednesday that Beijing environmental officials levied a record fine of 3.8 million yuan, or more than $650,000, against Beijing Simplot Food...

  • The $30 million wet scrubber is now lying on its side at the HollyFrontier refinery. The device resembles a spacecraft or a submarine from the Jules Verne era. "This project will help to reduce odor from the refinery," said Steve Reynolds, the refinery's capital projects manager.

  • In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Justice, the coalition, coordinated by the Citizens for Health, Environment& Justice, alleges that Ohio's injection well program disproportionately impacts the state's low-income Appalachian areas and has failed to meet a federal directive assuring those communities...

  • Things to know about California's plan to cut emissions Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    Here are some things to know about what California is doing:. The order comes ahead of a United Nations meeting on climate change in Paris in late fall. He set the new target but did not lay out the specifics of how California will achieve it.

  • "If you want to tweak something, let's have an honest discussion about fishing," said Mike Colby, president of Double Hook Charters in Clearwater, Florida. The changes are the subject of a House Committee on Natural Resources meeting on Thursday. The measure does not yet have a companion in the Senate.