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  • As Earth Day grows, so do eco-challenges Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:31 AM ET
    Extreme weather viewed from space.

    As Earth Day grows, environmental experts have become concerned about a growing list of issues including the use of antibiotics and nuclear weapons. NBCNews reports.

  • Hybrid, EV car sales are sinking—here's why Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
    Data shows more gas-electric hybrid drivers are less likely to trade in for another one. GM has temporarily halted production of its Chevrolet Volt plug-in car.

    There seems to be a decline in clean-air fuel savers being seen as "special," USA Today reports.

  • NEW YORK— A clean-water advocate took an Earth Day swim in the polluted Gowanus Canal, a federal Superfund site. yelled Christopher Swain, wearing a yellow-and-black protective suit and a green swim cap as he crossed a railing into the water near a sewage discharge point in Brooklyn, where a sign warns people to stay out of the water. "I've patiently waited for this...

  • April 22- Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. Under a consent decree made public on Wednesday, Exxon will pay $4.19 million...

  • Noble Energy agrees to settle Colorado air pollution case Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:02 AM ET

    DENVER— Large oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to a settlement over alleged air-pollution violations north of Denver, a deal federal officials say could cost the company up to $73.5 million. Noble, the second biggest driller in Colorado, has agreed to evaluate, make upgrades and perform inspections of its 3,400 clusters— or batteries— of tanks in the...

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil must pay almost $5 million in penalties for state and federal violations involving the 2013 Mayflower oil spill in central Arkansas, according to a consent decree filed in federal court Wednesday. Exxon Mobil spokesman Christian Flatham said the settlement lowered the number of barrels of oil estimated to...

  • NEW YORK— The nation's biggest city, under the direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio, marked Earth Day on Wednesday by linking a sweeping effort to limit its impact on the environment with its fight against income inequality by pledging to lift more than 800,000 people out of poverty. The waste reduction proposal— first reported Tuesday by The Associated Press— is...

  • Growing greens go high-tech in Singapore   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:51 PM ET
    Growing greens go high-tech in Singapore

    With locally-grown produce accounting for less than 10 percent of Singapore's vegetable needs, the Southeast Asian country is leveraging on technology to change that. CNBC's Bernie Lo reports.

  • California officials propose higher rates for some Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:06 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs. "Conservation efforts are going to struggle... and families in California who can least afford to see their...

  • NEW YORK— The nation's biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its impact on the environment, is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by more than 3 million tons by 2030.. The Zero Waste plan, which includes an overhaul of the city's recycling program, incentives to reduce waste and tacit support for the City...

  • April 21- The U.S. government denied protection on Tuesday to a type of prairie bird found in Nevada and California in a victory for mining and ranching groups who feared sage-grouse protections could restrict their livelihoods. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said at an event in Reno, Nevada, where she was joined by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a...

  • April 21- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to exclude a type of sage-grouse found only in California and Nevada from protection under the Endangered Species Act because of conservation plans to protect the bird, U.S. It has sound science behind it, that's the only way we can make these decisions "Jewell said at an event in Reno, Nevada, where she was...

  • *Banks to lend $100 bln for "technological renovation" in Hebei. BEIJING, April 22- Days before Beijing cut bank reserve requirements to boost lending to China's slowing economy, officials in Hebei province met with dozens of banks and steel mills to find financing to revive local industry and tackle chronic environmental problems. "Hebei is enjoying favorable...

  • Oklahoma: From two 3.0 quakes a year—to two a day Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    Chad Devereaux examines bricks on Nov. 6, 2011, that fell from three sides of his in-laws' home in Sparks, Oklahoma, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours.

    Oklahoma's earthquakes are racking up millions of dollars in damages and unleashing a political and financial maelstrom.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals. A state law passed after last year's massive spill into the Dan River required wells within 1,000 feet of Duke's 32 coal ash dumps across the state to be...

  • Why auto-emission rules are good for the economy Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    2015 Toyota Prius

    Some have challenged Obama's auto-emission rules on economic grounds but guess what? They actually HELP the economy, says this former EPA director.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico's largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace power from part of an aging coal-fired plant with a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar generation. Public Service Co. of New Mexico said Monday in a filing with state regulators that rejecting the plan could jeopardize the continued operation of the San Juan...

  • WASHINGTON— With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S....

  • RENO, Nev.— Interior Secretary Sally Jewell reversed the government's proposed federal protection for a type of sage grouse specific to California and Nevada on Tuesday, and said it shows it's still possible to head off a bigger, looming listing decision for the greater sage grouse across 11 western states. Brian Sandoval and others in announcing she's...

  • The campaign was meant to promote the U.S. chain's latest restaurant which was launched April 1 in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state on Borneo, a rain-forested island refuge for the endangered orangutan. The large ginger primate is a treasured mascot of Sabah, on the northern tip of Borneo. Sabah Wildlife Department director William Baya said the...