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  • The Public Regulation Commission is close to deciding whether to approve a plan by Public Service Co. of New Mexico to close part of the San Juan Generating Plant and replace it with a mix of more coal along with nuclear, natural gas and solar power. Members of the Association of Commerce and Industry, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Four Corners...

  • The high-definition stream from Alaska's remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out, but a high-definition version is back now, thanks to a philanthropic organization that operates a series of nature webcams from around the planet. If the donation hadn't come through, Round Island would have been closed to visitors...

  • GOLETA, California— Cleanup is underway after an oil spill spanning 9 miles of California coastline, with crews in protective suits working hard to rake, shovel and vacuum up the sticky black goo. Up to 105,000 gallons leaked from the ruptured pipeline Tuesday, and up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea just northwest of Santa Barbara, according to early estimates.

  • GOLETA, California— An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara. The 1969 blowout at a Union Oil Co. offshore platform dumped more than 3 million gallons of crude oil over a span of a month. The 1969 spill killed 9,000 birds, 8.8 million...

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades. Environmental activists and local officials said it was believed to be...

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...

  • Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A government investigation of Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria. The Jeni's recall came as Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries also shut down and recalled all products after listeria in its products was linked to three deaths.

  • PARIS, May 21- Top European companies urged governments on Thursday to set a goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero well before 2100, saying that going green can bring profits rather than costs. Business leaders from global and European alliances of companies including Unilever, Total and Saint-Gobain also called for a global price on carbon...

  • LONDON, May 21- Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden on Thursday slammed as a "red herring" calls for investors to divest from energy companies as part of the fight against climate change. Large investors, including faith groups, university endowments and public pension funds have all in recent months backed fossil fuel divestments ahead of the U.N....

  • SANTA BARBARA, May 21- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades. Refugio State Beach and El Capitan State Beach, both popular seaside...

  • TOKYO, May 21- Japan unveiled a plan on Thursday to provide $110 billion in aid for Asian infrastructure projects, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender that is seen as encroaching on the regional financial clout of Tokyo and its ally Washington. The United States and Japan were caught off guard when a total of 57 countries, including Group of...

  • PARIS, May 21- Rich countries should help developing countries like India limit their carbon emissions by supporting the building of more expensive but cleaner energy plants, Glencore chairman Tony Hayward said on Thursday. Hayward said that India, where hundreds of millions of people have no access to electricity, is about to build 200 gigawatts of...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state. Regulators said those first orders Friday will impact holders of century-old...

  • GOLETA, Calif.— The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels. Nevertheless, the new spill from a ruptured underground pipe is being held up as another reason to oppose...

  • BEDFORD, N.H., May 20- Republican Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that the Earth's climate is changing but that scientific research does not clearly show how much of the change is due to humans and how much is from natural causes. Bush delved into climate politics during a campaign-style house party in New Hampshire at which he took questions from voters on his...

  • Why Jessica Alba started The Honest Company   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:43 PM ET
    Why Jessica Alba started The Honest Company

    Jessica Alba and Brian Lee, founders of The Honest Company, say the start-up aims to manufacture safer and healthier products that are affordable.

  • GSR Ventures bets big on business of lighting   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 8:21 PM ET
    LED lighting revolution, VC in China

    Sonny Wu, co-founder & managing director of GSR Ventures and chairman of GO Scale Capital, explains the firm's decision to invest in China-based startup Lattice Power.

  • Obama: Climate change threatens national security Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:08 PM ET
    President Barack Obama walks through an honor cordon as he arrives for the 134th Commencement Exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut May 20, 2015.

    President Obama called out climate change deniers in Congress for potentially harming the country, USA Today reports.

  • A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    In a separate development, oil giant BP— which leased the rig from Transocean— reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation with Transocean, and with contractor Halliburton, which did cement work on the rig before it exploded in April 2010. But Transocean and Halliburton also were found to have some responsibility.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal magistrate judge Wednesday rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that a coalition of environmental groups, led by the New York City- based Waterkeeper Alliance, filed...