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  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Senate leaders were nearing an agreement to vote this week on a $10.9 billion transportation funding extension already passed by the House of Representatives, signaling a desire to minimize drama over road construction money this summer.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Senate leaders were nearing an agreement to vote this week on a $10.9 billion transportation funding extension already passed by the House of Representatives, signaling a desire to minimize drama over road construction money this summer.

  • Groups sue over steel plant's air emissions permit Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    The Sierra Club and several other groups are challenging the May ruling by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which changed the permit for a Dearborn plant owned by Severstal. Severstal was awarded an air permit in 2006 to increase production and to install a new blast furnace and additional air pollution control equipment.

  • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • New Orleans putting smoked butts in a better place Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    Developers of the program say New Orleans is the first U.S. city to participate in a large-scale recycling effort launched in Canada last year. Trenton, New Jersey- based recycling company TerraCycle Inc. developed the program in 2012. The first citywide receptacles were placed in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November 2013.

  • July 21- New York state environmental regulators are proposing shutting the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant to protect fish in the Hudson River during summer months, when demand for electricity for air-conditioning is greatest.

  • Official says Jamaica's drought is intensifying Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica— A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country's environment minister said Sunday night. In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to hard-hit farming districts where parched conditions have withered crops.

  • Drought hinders California's clean energy goals Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California's main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air.

  • South Portland set for final vote on tar sands ban Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city. The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night in favor of the ordinance that was hailed by environmentalists.

  • Project at Ky. coal plant to catch carbon dioxide Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    HARRODSBURG, Ky.— Political leaders and researchers say a new project to capture carbon dioxide at a central Kentucky power plant is a crucial step to continue burning coal for electricity in a time of tougher environmental regulations.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 21- Australian lawmakers have voted to dump a tax that was arguably working and keep one that is demonstrably failing in yet another example of petty politics trumping sensible policy.

  • As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 9:03 AM ET

    ROCKLAND, Maine— Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

  • Ohio pushes to end sediment dumping into Lake Erie Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio— There's enough sand, soil and mud scooped out of Toledo's and Cleveland's harbors each year to fill the Indians' ballpark to the top of its upper deck. All the silt dredged to keep open the shipping channel in Toledo is dumped into Lake Erie while the sediment from Cleveland goes into disposal facilities that are filling up fast.

  • New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate-control talks this year.

  • "The science is clear that mining the Pebble deposit would cause irreversible damage to one of the world's last intact salmon ecosystems," said Dennis McLerran, regional administrator for the EPA, in a statement.

  • FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:32 PM ET

    The FBI is warning people to be on alert for refrigerant substitutes that have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Products like "Super Freeze 22 a" have been selling mostly online or over the telephone to home owners and "do-it-yourselfers," circumventing stores and regulators, the FBI said on its website.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- The Obama administration on Friday approved a plan that would allow companies to assess oil resources off the Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups that worried the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling.

  • July 18- U.S. environmental regulators laid out proposed protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed on Friday, outlining restrictions that would effectively block the development of the Pebble deposit, which could be one of the world's largest copper mines.

  • Agriculture chief visits water-starved families Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

  • California drought: Ground water 'saved our bacon' Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:18 AM ET
    Grapevines in Healdsburg, Calif., soak up ground water as Northern California’s Wine Country prepares for the 2014 harvest.

    The drought in California will cost $2.2 billion in 2014, says a new report. Dwindling ground water is keeping food prices low, but not for long.