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  • 'Street view' goes undersea to map reefs, wonders Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    ISLAMORADA, Florida— It's easy to go online and get a 360- degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. About 400,000 images have been produced so far of reefs off Australia and in the Caribbean, but this is the first time the technology is being used in U.S. waters.

  • Kellogg wants suppliers to report carbon emissions Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan— Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.

  • The announcement comes two weeks after fellow food giant General Mills announced a similar policy to set emission cutting targets that respond to the United Nations goal of keeping global temperatures from rising by less than 2 degrees C.

  • Decision could boost use of popular weed killer Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4- D herbicide that's been around since the 1940 s. In the department's final environmental review released last week, the USDA recommended approval.

  • California lawmakers pass $7.5 billion water plan Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 1:47 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Legislature on Wednesday was on the verge of placing a revamped water bond on the November ballot, a package that includes billions of dollars to build new reservoirs in a state enduring its third year of drought. Jerry Brown and leaders from both parties totaled $7.5 billion, with $2.7 billion dedicated to storage.

  • A key part of that strategy was for the United States to stop using public money to finance the construction of most coal-fired power plants abroad, seen as one of the main causes of rising pollution from heat-trapping gases.

  • Mexico says mine slow to report huge acid spill Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— A civil defense official says a private mine in northern Mexico did not immediately report a massive acid spill, allowing it to flow into a river that supplies water to tens of thousands of people.

  • *Recent successes include Spain's Gowex. LONDON, Aug 12- Fund managers are increasingly turning to investigative tactics, detailed accounting analysis and corporate sleuthing in a bid to uncover skeletons in company closets that can offer an investment edge in a low-yield world.

  • Huge solar power uptake ahead: Pro     Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 3:45 AM ET

    Francis Wright, co-founder of Turquoise Associates, says as solar energy gets cheaper, there will be a "huge proliferation" of the technology in Europe.

  • Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    VAISHALI, India— The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. "We're here not only to run our businesses, but to also serve the nation," said Abhaya Shankar, a director of India's Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers Association.

  • Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. One Ohio airport is now experimenting with a new, gentler way to avoid bird strikes: planting tall prairie grass. The FAA estimates that such damage costs the industry $950 million a year.

  • Trial set for ex-BP executive in oil disaster Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 7:10 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after a status conference in the case of David Rainey.

  • US regulators approve Canada-NYC power line Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Federal regulators have completed the environmental review of a proposed 330- mile transmission line to bring lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City, the project's developer announced Monday.

  • Aug 11- Dean Foods Co, the largest U.S. milk processor, withdrew its full-year profit forecast, saying raw milk prices remained "unpredictable and volatile."

  • Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 1:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.

  • Farms are focus of studies on drinking water toxin Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio— Scientists and farmers agree that phosphorus from agriculture runoff is feeding the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Erie linked to a toxin found in the drinking water of 400,000 people in Ohio and southeastern Michigan last week. The debate over the algae blooms that produce the toxins found in Toledo's water starts with what is causing them.

  • Firm hasn't paid ND fine for wastewater violation Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— It's been two years since state regulators touted a record $1.5 million fine against a company for illegally dumping 20,000 barrels of toxic liquid and threatening drinking water supplies near a large western North Dakota city, and little has changed.

  • Coal group: No doubts about McConnell's support Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Yahoo News reported that Elaine Chao, McConnell's wife and the labor secretary under President George W. Bush, sits on the board of Bloomberg Philanthropies, a charity founded by former New York City mayor and media mogul Michael Bloomberg.

  • VANCOUVER, Aug 8- A massive waste spill at a gold and copper mine in British Columbia could delay, or even derail, other energy and mining projects planned in the famously "green" West Coast Canadian province.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 7- Just how serious is China about cutting or limiting coal consumption? The latest was from the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, which was reported by state media as saying coal use will be banned in the six main districts of the capital by the end of 2020..