• Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path. It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 5 a.m. EDT Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    World stocks fall after 2 days of US decline, unpromising outlook for US earnings season Asia's taxi-app wars heat up as Uber's big push into region meets local lookalikes Chinese state companies by GlencoreXstrata copper mine in Peru for $5.85 billion Oregon State project will study craft beer's history and impact on the state As domestic production jumps, California plans for surge in oil-by-rail imports Crude oil rises above $104 amid Ukraine tensions, resignation of Libya's prime minister Despite emissions growth, cost of fighting climate change still' modest,' UN panel says Ga. parents say GM knew of key-system defect in daughter's car; say defect caused crash Official says a sub will be deployed for first time to search for Malaysia jet wreckage Month-long mystery of Flight 370 wears on some air travelers, though others have' no fear'

  • China oil leak poisons water for millions Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 9:27 AM ET
    Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom, March 23, 2014 near McKittrick, California.

    The scare has once again raised concerns over safety of China's oil pipes.

  • China takes on big risks in push for shale gas Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 5:56 AM ET
    Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom, March 23, 2014 near McKittrick, California.

    China wants to wean itself off its dependence on energy imports, but drilling for shale comes with risks attached, the New York Times reports.

  • UN climate report balances science and politics Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 5:54 AM ET

    As always when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopts one of its high-profile reports, the week-long talks in Berlin were slowed by wrangling between scientists and governments over which words, charts and tables to use in the roughly 30- page summary of a much bigger scientific report.

  • Oil pipe leak blamed for tainted water in China Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 1:46 AM ET

    The scare, which has affected more than 2.4 million people in the northwestern city of Lanzhou, has once again raised concerns over safety of China's oil pipes. In Lanzhou, a crude oil pipeline run by the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. had a leak that tainted the source water feeding a local water plant, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

  • WASHINGTON, April 11- The leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and United Nations on Friday called upon finance ministers to use fiscal policies, such as carbon taxes, to combat climate change. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim were joined by U.N.

  • Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide. Three environmental and wildlife organizations want the public health standard toughened.

  • Regulator: Fracking causes earthquakes Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, Calif.

    State regulators have linked earthquake activity in Ohio to fracking, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing for a ban.

  • BEIJING/ PARIS, April 11- Residents in the Chinese city of Lanzhou rushed to buy bottled drinks on Friday after authorities said benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, had been found in tapwater at 20 times above national safety levels.

  • US geologists link small quakes to fracking Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest.

  • UN panel shows who's responsible for CO2 emissions Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    Since it's a scientific body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won't tell governments how to divide those emissions cuts— a crunch issue in negotiations on a new climate pact that's supposed to be adopted next year. The U.S. is No. 2 with 17 percent, followed by India, Russia and Japan.

  • Kenya gov't to oversee wildlife authority actions Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    Richard Lesiyampe said six senior Kenya Wildlife Service officials have been placed on leave to pave the way for investigations into the wildlife service's operations. Among those sent on leave is the senior deputy director in charge of conservation, Patrick Omondi, who is also known as "Elephant Man" in Kenya for his top level expertise.

  • Benzene in China city water cuts supply partially Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    The official Xinhua News Agency says tests conducted by environmental officials in the city of Lanzhou on Friday showed that tap water there contained 200 micrograms of benzene per liter— 20 times the national limit.

  • FEMA OKs W.Va. chem spill request, denies another Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 5:34 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Federal officials have approved a funding request by West Virginia Gov. But Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate refused to consider the event a "major disaster." The spill prompted a water-use ban for days for 300,000 residents in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties.

  • 4 years after spill, questions on long-term health Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    CHALMETTE, Louisiana— When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

  • Ailing Puerto Rico open to radical economic fixes Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Slash the number of public holidays by two-thirds. From the intriguing to the impossible, there is no shortage of ideas for fixing Puerto Rico's ailing economy as the government tries to dig out from a whopping $70 billion in public debt and bring back economic growth.

  • Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA's office of enforcement, wrote in a blog post that the agency remained committed to punishing polluters that violate U.S. rules but needed to prioritize because of budgetary and staffing constraints.

  • BERLIN, April 10- A U.N. report about ways to fix global warming due on Sunday is likely to disappoint investors seeking clear-cut economic calculations about the benefits and costs of curbing rising greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Audit faults Mo. program for contamination cleanup Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich raised concerns Thursday about a state tax incentive for developers to clean up contaminated old business sites, saying that poor oversight has allowed conflicts of interest and higher-than-necessary costs.

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