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  • Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse...

  • COLUMN-Oil prices are now unsustainably low: Kemp Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- Oil prices have now fallen to an unsustainable low level. Futures contracts for Brent and WTI have fallen below $60 and $55 per barrel respectively but many crude producers are receiving much lower prices. Plains Marketing, for example, is now offering just $39.69 per barrel for Williston Basin Sweet crude and less than $50 for a wide range of other...

  • Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. The travel and tourism industry won a six-year renewal of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, or Brand USA, to promote tourism in the...

  • After "Hoovergate", EU torn over power-saving rules Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Now, fear of fuelling rage at Brussels bureaucracy, especially in Britain where critics branded the "Hoover ban" a foreign attack on consumer freedoms, is pushing new EU leaders to axe a host of planned regulations in proposals expected on Tuesday. Yet Jean-Claude Juncker's European Commission is also under pressure to keep rolling out more laws on the "...

  • LIMA, Dec 15- U.N. climate negotiations wrapped up in Lima on Sunday with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed on in Paris in a year's time. All nations will be asked to submit plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, known as "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions," or INDCs, to the United Nations by an informal deadline of...

  • The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    School kids, truckers, marijuana smokers and fans of old-fashioned light bulbs are among the millions of people who had something extra riding on the big spending bill passed by Congress to keep the government running. The $1.1 trillion measure approved by the Senate on Saturday night and sent to President Barack Obama is mostly about spending choices, such as...

  • Under the Lima deal, governments will submit national plans for reining in greenhouse gas emissions by an informal deadline of March 31, 2015 to form the basis of a global agreement due at a summit in Paris in a year's time. The texts, breaking deadlock among weary delegates almost two days into overtime after two weeks of talks, appeased developing countries led...

  • After marathon talks lasting two days into overtime, the four-page document asks countries to submit national plans to tackle global warming early next year to form the basis of a new global agreement due at a summit in Paris in a year's time. Climate Change Secretariat has said that the combined pledges by all nations in Paris will be too weak to achieve a goal of...

  • The Lima deal lays out a wide range of options for a global deal to be reached in Paris, due in December 2015, and also lays out how each nation will submit its own plans for curbing warming in the first half of 2015..

  • At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits. In the agreement, reached more than 30 hours after talks were supposed to end, more than 190...

  • Greenpeace carbon stunt draws ire of Peruvians Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    Peruvian authorities said activists from Greenpeace damaged a patch of an ancient site when they placed a large sign that promoted renewable energy.

  • Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52- year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle— it's fish. And such tank systems can be placed almost anywhere— from Minnesota to Florida— because temperature and water quality can be controlled. Globally, aquaculture supplies more than 50 percent of all...

  • *Lima deal could point to aspirations for Paris summit in 2015. LIMA, Dec 12- About 190 nations faced a crossroads Friday on how boldly to fight global warming as United Nations talks in Lima went into overtime amid concerns that watered-down goals could undermine a U.N. climate summit in Paris next year. Emerging nations such as China and India want the Lima...

  • Obama-Democratic split - a function of compromise Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The drama surrounding passage of a massive spending bill exposed internal party tensions that had once only bedeviled Republican House Speaker John Boehner. In the end, President Barack Obama peeled off enough Democrats to get his way, but the spectacle surrounding the House vote on the $1.1 trillion package demonstrated that cutting deals with...

  • LIMA, Dec 12- Latin American countries, participating in crucial global climate talks being hosted in the region this week, came under criticism for their plans to drastically increase oil production. Ecuador, Colombia and Peru all have similar plans in place. At the same time that they approved an ambitious climate change law, they reformed the energy...

  • NY court says nuke plant exempt from state program Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    The Appellate Division panel said Entergy's two nuclear generators and their environmental reviews predated the 1982 statute authorizing the New York Department of State to examine consistency with coastal protections. "There is no dispute that Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3, which lie on the banks of the Hudson River, have an impact upon a coastal area...

  • Legislation seeks interim steps to stop Asian carp Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Members of Congress on Friday called for strengthening defenses on a river about 40 miles from Chicago as a temporary step toward preventing aggressive Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes and depleting their prized fish stocks. Under bills introduced in the House and Senate, federal agencies would be ordered to focus interim efforts...

  • ND proposes changes in oilfield waste rules Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— Oil companies may be allowed to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste at some North Dakota landfills instead of hauling it out of state under new rules proposed by the state Health Department. North Dakota generates up to 75 tons of radioactive waste daily, largely from oil filter socks, Glatt said. But North Dakota has faced increased problems...

  • 5 Things to Know from AP-NORC environment poll Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and Yale University surveyed 1,578 Americans on a wide range of environmental and energy matters, including global warming. Those in support of a treaty are split on whether the Obama administration should forge ahead with or without approval by the Senate. President Barack Obama has...

  • HAPPISBURGH, England, Dec 12- Bryony Nierop-Reading has what she calls a million-dollar view from her clifftop property in east England, looking out over North Sea swells beyond a sandy beach where gulls wheel overhead. Her bungalow was demolished by the local council after a December 2013 storm bit a 33- foot chunk out of the cliff, leaving her home perched over a...