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  • April 20- Chevron Corp urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to uphold a ruling finding that an American lawyer used corrupt means to secure a $9.5 billion pollution judgment in Ecuador. A lawyer for Chevron told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that Steven Donziger, a U.S. lawyer who represented a group of Ecuadorians that sued the oil giant, pursued a...

  • This is how much e-waste the world made in 2014 Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:33 PM ET
    A refrigerator dump in Stratford, East London, UK.

    The world trashed a record amount of electronics in 2014.

  • 5 years after BP spill, questions linger in Gulf Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010.

    Most of the oil spilled in the disaster is gone, but effects on the Gulf of Mexico are still being gauged. NBC News reports.

  • NOAA wants most humpbacks off endangered list Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:03 PM ET
    Humpback whale

    The NOAA's wants to remove a large number of humpback whales from the endangered species list due to their re-population.

  • All the whales remain protected under the Marine Mammals Protection Act, and the United States is still an active member of the International Whaling Commission, which banned commercial whaling in 1966, said Angela Somma, chief of NOAA Fisheries endangered species division. Three nations, Japan, Norway and Iceland, still allow the animals to be killed for...

  • Judge says new Revel owner can cancel tenant leases Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 1:02 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The new owner of Atlantic City's Revel casino can terminate the leases of former business tenants there, a judge ruled Monday. The decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Gloria Burns frees Glenn Straub to either renegotiate new leases with the former tenants, including restaurants and nightclubs, or seek new firms to rent space once the...

  • Adidas turning trash into trainers   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    Adidas turning trash into trainers

    CNBC's Kate Rogers reports on Adidas' plan to turn plastic waste into athletic wear.

  • MOSCOW— Russia's leading environmentalist, whose fierce campaigning once threatened the interests of some of the country's richest men, has moved to Estonia to ensure she is not separated from her children. "It is difficult to work in Russia because they can come for you at any moment like they blackmailed me once with my children," she told The Associated Press on...

  • BERLIN, April 20- German sportswear firm Adidas is teaming up with a group trying to clean up the world's oceans with a plan to develop materials made from marine plastic waste that can be used in its products. As the result of its partnership with the Parley for the Oceans initiative, Adidas also said on Monday it would phase out the use of plastic bags at its 2,900...

  • NEW ORLEANS— As oil gushed from BP's ruptured well five years ago and public outrage built by the day, the Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. In January, the Interior Department unveiled a plan to open up drilling next year in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas on the Arctic coast of Alaska and off the coast between...

  • ON THE GULF OF MEXICO— Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. The number of deepwater drilling rigs has increased, too, from 35 at the time of the Macondo blowout to 48 last month, according to data from...

  • Who's driving infrastructure development in Indonesia

    While the Indonesian government has the political will to develop infrastructure, the private sector is taking the lead in rural areas, says Anderson Tanoto, director of RGE Group.

  • JERUSALEM, April 19- The mayor of Haifa ordered on Sunday the closure of plants run by Israel's largest refining and petrochemicals group, Oil Refineries, following a report showing high cancer rates in the port city. Oil Refineries said its operating licence and that of a number of its subsidiaries had been cancelled in Israel's third largest city, which is...

  • The payments range from more than $1 million to Springfield to $50,000 apiece to nearby Ludlow, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow and Holyoke. West Springfield, for example, is spending $665,000 from MGM Resorts International toward the reconstruction of Memorial Avenue, which will be a main access point to MGM's planned $800 million casino in nearby Springfield.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Conservation groups filed a lawsuit against California on Friday, saying the state did not adequately consider environmental factors when it approved a 30- year lease last month for a marine terminal at Tesoro Corp's refinery near San Francisco Bay. The Center for Biological Diversity and Communities for a Better Environment said...

  • Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable' Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 7:23 PM ET

    BATON ROUGE, La.— A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported. But the Coast Guard provided AP...

  • "We have a lot of elders who are concerned about having enough capacity to bury their families when it's time to go," said Mahealani Cypher, who represents the Koolau Foundation, which is pushing the state to update its burial laws. Several bills in the Legislature seek to change state law to encourage traditional Hawaiian burials. "Across all these practices, the...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A state hearing examiner on Friday rejected a plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider that called for raising rates for residential and business customers and charging more for new solar customers to connect to the grid. The finding followed an outcry from environmentalists, one of the state's largest water utilities and others who...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- India's surprise decision to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas after years of opposition is a "significant step" toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday. India on Thursday proposed an amendment to the United Nations' Montreal Protocol, which calls on...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A federal judge is prohibiting the new owner of Atlantic City's former Revel casino from connecting to equipment owned by a utility company at the center of a literal power struggle at the now-dark Boardwalk complex. U.S. District Court Judge Jerome Simandle issued a temporary restraining order Friday prohibiting Glenn Straub from...