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  • OSLO, April 15- Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sold in the European Union fell 2.6 percent last year, beating goals set for 2015 as part of efforts to slow climate change, the European Environment Agency said on Wednesday. The most carbon-efficient cars were bought in the Netherlands, Greece and Portugal with the least efficient in Estonia, Latvia...

  • GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Federal regulators on Wednesday approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing. The decision was aimed at saving the West Coast sardine fishery from the kind of collapse that led to the demise of Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name set in...

  • Workers clear 80 percent of debris from Germanwings crash Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 9:11 AM ET

    PARIS— Lufthansa says that cleanup workers have removed 80 percent of the debris from the site of a plane crash last month in the Alps that killed 150 people. Lufthansa representative Carsten Hernig said Wednesday that cleanup teams had cleared 35 tons of waste as of Tuesday. Prosecutors believe that the co-pilot of Flight 9525 intentionally crashed the...

  • The United Nations has been promoting edible insects as a way to improve nutrition, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and create jobs in insect production. At least 2 billion people worldwide already eat insects as part of their diet, according to the 2013 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Inside San Francisco's La Cocina, a commercial kitchen...

  • OSLO, April 15- Norway's oil fund, the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, said on Wednesday it would back a proposal from shareholders of BP and Royal Dutch Shell for further information from the companies on risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The $885 billion Fund, which invests revenues from Norway's offshore oil and gas production,...

  • Singapore: What it takes to build a smart city   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 8:53 PM ET
    Singapore: What it takes to build a smart city

    Singapore has been seen as a good example of a sustainable smart city, but the use of technology is not without its downsides. CNBC's Pauline Chiou reports.

  • Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard stressed the urgency of enacting taxes on carbon, creating cap-and-trade systems or using technology to capture or reduce carbon emissions. Nine of Canada's 13 premiers attended a provincial climate change summit in Quebec City that was in preparation for an international conference in Paris in December.

  • A modified version of a bill that cleared the Senate in March passed the House with a 58-40 bipartisan vote. The Senate version extended a barrel tax to fund oil cleanups. The bill now moves back to the Senate, which could concur with the House version, make revisions and send it back to the House, or ask to send it to a conference committee.

  • It's not just farmers: Weather worries big firms Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:44 PM ET
    Air pollution

    While there's much focus on the California drought and farmers, large global companies are managing for climate risks.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Duke Energy received a delay Tuesday in pleading guilty to environmental crimes by raising the specter that bureaucratic red tape could result in power being cut to military bases across North Carolina. The nation's largest electricity company announced in February that it would admit guilt on nine misdemeanor counts and pay $102 million in...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— The world's largest hedge fund is proposing upgrades to its wooded campus in Connecticut, a project that brings a new set of hurdles after the collapse last year of a plan to relocate its offices to a peninsula on Long Island Sound. Bridgewater Associates, which manages some $169 billion, is proposing to overhaul its office buildings and create an...

  • Worst drought in history? Not close, California Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Joe Del Bosque, president of Del Bosque Farms, picks an asparagus stalk in Firebaugh, California, April 6, 2015.

    Scientists say in the more ancient past, California had droughts for decades or even centuries. New York Times reports.

  • WARSAW, April 14- Plans to build Poland's first nuclear power plant will be delayed by at least another two years, sources said, after the decision late last year by state-run utility PGE to take on site research itself and cancel a consultancy contract. Now PGE's move last December to scrap a 250 million zloty contract with Australia's WorleyParsons, on the...

  • GREEN ISLAND, N.Y.— A group of environmentalists and elected officials renewed their call Tuesday for a broader cleanup of the upper- Hudson River as a final year of dredging looms. General Electric Co. is scheduled to begin its sixth and expected final season of PCB dredging next month as part of a $2 billion federal Superfund project. "GE is meeting all of its...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday approved a measure to create a pilot project aimed at treating and recycling some of an estimated 1 million tons of oil drilling waste annually for road building and other uses. Companies targeting the rich Bakken shale formation in western North Dakota get soil, rock and other underground matter along with...

  • How this firm is improvising on street lights   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 11:24 PM ET
    How this firm is improvising on street lights

    Hugh Martin, chairman & CEO of Sensity Systems, introduces the company's idea to convert street lighting infrastructure into a sensor network.

  • Is India's 'smart city' goal achievable?   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 6:41 PM ET
    Is India's 'smart city' goal achievable?

    To attain its dream of constructing "smart cities", India will need to solve ongoing issues in the nation's infrastructure development. CNBC's Oriel Morrison reports.

  • TORONTO, April 13- Ontario will join a cap-and-trade market set up by Quebec and California to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change, provincial Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday. Quebec joined California's cap-and-trade carbon market in 2014. Both are part of the Western Climate Initiative, a group of U.S. states and Canadian...

  • WASHINGTON— A week shy of the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration proposed new regulations Monday aimed at strengthening oversight of offshore oil drilling equipment and ensuring that out-of-control wells can be sealed in an emergency. The explosion of the Deepwater rig on April 20, 2010, killed 11 people and...

  • How to fix California's drought problem Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    Sun Valley water cisterns.

    California has enough water—that's not the problem, says Terry Tamminen. So here's how you solve the drought crisis.