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  • What drought? Why California water is so cheap Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Low water levels are visible at Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Bar Bridge on May 7, 2015 in Oroville, Calif.

    Contrary to expectations, California's water bills haven't gone up as the drought continues. Here's why.

  • Huge drop in West Virginia coal production forecast Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:02 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008— less-than-encouraging news for more than 1,800 coal miners who learned last week they would likely lose their jobs. The report rattles off a combination of familiar economic, geological and...

  • Why trash is no longer cash for recycling biz Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    Miguel Rojas

    Lower commodity prices have made recycling unprofitable, Waste Management CEO David Steiner tells CNBC.

  • *Norway coal sales to affect up to $5 bln investment. OSLO, May 28- Norway's $900 billion wealth fund may have to sell its stakes in up to 75 companies once new rules for limiting coal investments go into effect in a radical shift meant to lessen the impact of climate change, officials said on Thursday. Environmental group Greenpeace predicted the fund would have to...

  • Norway oil fund to slash coal investments Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 1:20 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM— Norway has made a big move toward dropping investments in coal companies by its massive $900 billion sovereign wealth fund because of their impact on climate change. "Coal is by far the biggest source of greenhouse gases, so this is a big victory for the climate," said committee member Torstein Tvedt Solberg of the opposition Labor Party.

  • WASHINGTON— If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. The rule applies to virtually all insecticides, more than 1,000 products involving 76 different chemical compounds, said Jim Jones, EPA's assistant administrator...

  • GOLETA, California— Two federal agencies issued an order Wednesday to ensure that Plains All American Pipeline finishes the cleanup of what they call the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard issued the joint Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude on land, at the...

  • OSLO, May 27- Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should cut its exposure to the global coal industry and sell stakes in firms that focus on the sector, a key parliamentary committee said on Wednesday. Already under pressure from Norway's political establishment, the fund has been selling down its coal portfolio and said its...

  • HOUSTON, May 27- Shareholders of the top two U.S. oil companies on Wednesday rejected proposals to add directors with climate change expertise to their boards, but a measure passed at one, Chevron Corp, could give new power to minority investors with environmental concerns. Proposals to add an independent director with expertise in climate change received the...

  • OSLO, May 27- Norway's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should cut its exposure to the global coal industry and sell stakes in firms that focus on the sector, a key parliamentary committee said on Wednesday. Already under pressure from Norway's political establishment, the fund has been selling down its coal portfolio in recent quarters...

  • Wyoming officials blast proposed EPA water regulations Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming officials say they're disappointed with water quality regulations the federal government released Wednesday that would extend federal authority over smaller waterways such as tributaries and wetlands. Mead issued a statement saying he's frustrated the EPA didn't work more closely with states on developing the rules, something he...

  • New Mexico regulators delay decision on power plant Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:54 AM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M.— New Mexico regulators on Wednesday gave Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to ink agreements with a mining company, further delaying a decision that will affect the future of a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to customers around the Southwest. The Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 in favor of an order that sets a new...

  • Obama administration issues new rules to protect water Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    The Waters of the United State rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction over. The result will be better public service nationwide, "said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works. The EPA and Army Corps said they took...

  • Exxon shareholders to vote on climate change, fracking Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    The votes at meetings of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. shareholders on Wednesday were expected. At the Exxon Mobil meeting in Dallas, CEO Rex Tillerson said the company is positioned to withstand ups and down in oil prices and give shareholders a good return on their money. Exxon has completed more than a dozen major projects in the past three years and...

  • Deadly Texas flooding, in photos Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:03 AM ET
    Texas Floods May 2015

    Scenes of the destruction left by the sudden heavy rains that inundated parts of Texas over the Memorial Day weekend.

  • EPA to protect drinking water, regulate streams Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:54 AM ET
    EPA drinking water regulations

    The Obama administration is moving to protect the nation's drinking water with new rules.

  • New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    The White House said the rules would provide much-needed clarity for landowners, but some Republicans and farm groups said they go much too far. The rules, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are designed to clarify which smaller waterways fall under federal protection after two Supreme Court rulings had left the...

  • China coal production falls in first 4 months of year Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:13 AM ET

    BEIJING— Coal production in China, the world's biggest coal-consuming nation, fell by 6 percent in the first four months of this year as the economy slows and the government makes a concerted push to reduce carbon emissions. China uses roughly half of all of the world's coal production for power generation, heating and industry. Earlier this month, the...

  • HOUSTON, May 27- Progressive shareholders are pushing to add directors with climate change expertise to the boards of Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp, arguing the largest U.S. oil companies need more depth of knowledge to navigate environmental issues. In January, Europe's Royal Dutch Shell Plc backed a measure from activist investors asking it to be more...

  • BEIJING— A court in eastern China fined a manufacturer of weed killer 75 million yuan and imprisoned employees of the company and its contractors for discharging wastewater that severely polluted streams. The fine levied by the Longyou county court on Jinfanda Biochemical Co., which makes glyphosate, was the largest ever for a polluter in Zhejiang province,...