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  • Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which regulates commercial fishing between Indonesia and Hawaii, has established an annual quota of 3,763 metric tons of bigeye for U.S.-flagged longline vessels in the central and western Pacific. Pacific territories: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste case Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period. The investigation began in 2011 when inspectors with the Alameda County District Attorney's office and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control examined...

  • VANCOUVER, Nov 20- Canadian police said on Thursday they arrested environmental protesters who have been blocking work at two Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP sites in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, three days after a court injunction for their removal came into effect. Kinder Morgan, which hopes to triple the size of its 300,000- barrel-per-day Trans...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 20- TransCanada Corp's plans for a pipeline to ship Alberta oil to Canada's East Coast face a new hurdle after Quebec said this week the project must meet seven conditions before it will be allowed to proceed through the province. Quebec's demands for the C $12 billion project, known as Energy East, follow a failed vote in the U.S. Senate aimed at...

  • BOSTON, Nov 20- Irving Oil has told regulators that recent air quality testing it commissioned around its oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada's largest such facility, shows no cause for public health concern. All the pollutants measured in the study "were found to be below available regulatory objective limits," Irving said in a summary...

  • Climate change to raise insurance losses Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:22 AM ET
    People wade through floodwaters while carrying belongings from their home in Lyons, Colo., Sept. 20, 2013.

    Property and agriculture losses caused by climate change is forecast to increase exponentially in the coming decades, reports USA Today.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 20- TransCanada Corp's plans for a C $12 billion pipeline to. Quebec's demands for the project, which TransCanada calls Energy East, come just days after a failed vote in the U.S. Senate aimed at forcing presidential approval of TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would move crude from the Alberta oil sands to the U.S. Gulf...

  • Nov 20- Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan said on Wednesday he would deliver on his campaign promise to roll back tax increases despite a budget shortfall, the Washington Post reported. Hogan reiterated as well his promise to eliminate the "rain tax"- a fee enacted in response to Environmental Protection Agency requirements to reduce stormwater pollution...

  • 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...

  • 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...