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  • Do climate change stats really add up?     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli and scientist Judith Curry of Climate Forecast Applications Network discuss the lack of dialogue regarding climate change.

  • Va. lawmakers concerned over proposed EPA rules Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    Lawmakers said the EPA's current target levels for emission cuts penalize Virginia for its robust nuclear energy production. The EPA has set a 2030 target of 810 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted per megawatt hour of electricity generated in Virginia, compared to 1,620 in West Virginia and 1,763 in Kentucky. Terry McAuliffe expressed similar concerns last...

  • Outrage in Italy after asbestos case is thrown out Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    ROME— Premier Matteo Renzi added his voice to a chorus of outrage across Italy on Thursday after the country's highest court threw out a conviction against a Swiss businessman for some 3,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from a construction company. The Court of Cassation ruled late Wednesday that the statute of limitations had expired...

  • UN climate fund falls short of $10 billion target Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    BERLIN— A United Nations fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change has fallen short, for now, of its target of collecting $10 billion, officials said Thursday. Some 30 countries meeting in Berlin pledged a total of $9.3 billion toward the Green Climate Fund, according to Germany's development ministry, which co-hosted the conference.

  • UPDATE 2-Johnson Matthey optimistic for full-year Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 20- Johnson Matthey expects higher earnings this year after the speciality chemicals company increased first-half profits due to stronger sales of its products that help to make cars more environmentally friendly. The company said tighter environmental legislation was mainly responsible for boosting sales in Europe and Asia of its...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Johnson Matthey, the world's largest autocatalyst maker, lifted its full-year forecast on Thursday after beating analyst forecasts with a rise in first-half profit thanks to strong car sales in Europe and tougher environmental rules. Johnson Matthey is among the best performing specialty chemicals companies. The London- listed company...

  • Energy groups face climate threat, says ex-BP chief Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:36 AM ET

    Energy and mining companies are ignoring the "existential threat" from climate change and must change the way they operate, the former head of BP warns, the FT reports.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Nov 20- China's energy targets for 2020, if assumed to be credible and achievable, give a clear indication of likely winners and losers. However, all the indications from China's leaders have been that the world's largest polluter is serious about tackling air quality and curbs on coal form a major part of this effort.

  • Venezuelan consumers get creative amid shortages Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    CARACAS, Venezuela— Cloth diapers, baking soda to make deodorant and vinegar to mop the floor. That's not the shopping list of an eco-friendly hipster, it's how an increasing number of resourceful Venezuelans are making do in a time of severe shortages. Lilian Ribas, who makes a living selling loudly colored tank-tops and hot pants, burns a coil of chrysanthemum...

  • Nebraska landowners hope for pipeline decision Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— While a proposed oil pipeline linking Canadian producers to the U.S. Gulf Coast is still in limbo, Nebraska landowners who signed deals with the company that would build it are free to spend what they received— no matter what happens. Roughly 400 of the 515 Nebraska landowners along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have signed easement...

  • Environmentalists: Brazil's greenhouse gases rise Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    The report said that soil use changes in 2013 accounted for 16.48 percent of the emissions due to increased deforestation levels in the Amazon region and in the savanna-like ecosystem known as the Cerrado in central Brazil. Climate Observatory's secretary general, Carlos Rittl said in a statement that Brazil is not investing enough in alternative sources...

  • State releases proposed air quality rules Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    In areas with chronically bad air, such as Fairbanks and North Pole, the regulations call for using dry wood, wood pellet products, manufacture-approved biomass fuels and manufacturer-recommended starter fuels for October through March, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. They are included in the State Implementation Plan due by the end of 2014 to the...

  • UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. "The time window is closing, closing," said United Nations undersecretary for environment Achim Steiner. Without factoring in this month's promises by the U.S. and China to reduce emissions, the world will be spewing...

  • COLUMN-Keystone is dragging down the Democrats: Kemp Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- "Keystone" would be a fitting epitaph for Democratic lawmakers, who will lose their majority in the United States Senate in January 2015. Polls show majority support for the pipeline, especially among the white working class and union voters that used to be the bedrock of the Democratic Party but which it has increasingly lost to the Republicans in...

  • City OKs plan for gas-pump climate change labels Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:53 AM ET

    BERKELEY, Calif.— Known for its liberal politics, Berkeley has racked up a long line of firsts over the years, from taxing sugary drinks to ditching Styrofoam takeout containers. Environmental improvement efforts in Berkeley date back to 1910, when the city was the first to put police officers on bicycle patrols. In 1989, Berkeley adopted a citywide ban on...

  • China's energy plan reduces reliance on coal Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    The State Council released the plan a week after the country announced it would stop the growth of its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 at the latest. Coal, in particular, is a top contributor to greenhouse gases and meets 65 percent of the country's total energy consumption. The environmental group Greenpeace said the 2020 coal target is too lenient, and should...

  • Dry San Diego to look to sewers as water source Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:52 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO— Acknowledging California's parched new reality, the city of San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5- billion plan to recycle wastewater, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought.

  • After years of fighting over TransCanada's crude oil pipeline from Canada, a Keystone deal is not entirely out of the question, sources inside the administration and others close to the White House told Reuters on Tuesday. Obama also likely would insist on making an executive decision on the $8 billion pipeline from Canada, rather than letting Congress...

  • Just days after host Australia was embarrassed into addressing climate change at the Group of 20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane, Abbott defiantly held his country's line- the polar opposite of most other G20 nations. The Green Climate Fund now stands at $7.5 billion following pledges by the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Mexico and South Korea.

  • UPDATE 6-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. The tally was 59 to 41 on TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project,...