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  • 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..

  • Japan architects sell a lifestyle on global stage Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    Their sensibility is also a hit abroad, said Erez Golani Solomon, professor of architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo. Kengo Kuma, one of the star architects, finds he is in demand not only in Japan and in the West but also in places such as China, which has tempestuous relations with Tokyo but now boasts a growing fan base for Kuma's works.

  • Aug 6- U.S. regulators on Tuesday said they are leaning toward approval of a new line of herbicide-tolerant crops developed by Monsanto Co even though they could increase problematic weed resistance for farmers. St. Louis- based Monsanto, said the APHIS move was "a noteworthy sign of progress."

  • LONDON, Aug 6- Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could help power everything from mobile phones to electric cars.

  • DENVER, Aug 4- Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said on Monday he has brokered a deal between environmentalists and the energy industry that could avoid two ballot initiatives that would have curtailed oil and gas drilling.

  • BEIJING, Aug 4- Beijing will ban coal use in its six main districts by the end of 2020, state media cited the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau as saying, as the Chinese capital steps up efforts to combat air pollution.

  • COLUMN-Ruminating cattle and leaky gas pipelines: Kemp Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    LONDON, July 31- Supporters of natural gas promote it as a clean "bridge fuel" between the coal-and-oil dominated energy system of the present and the zero-emissions system of the future based on renewables and nuclear power. Shifting to gas is at the heart of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new rules for power plant emissions.

  • IMF urges higher energy taxes to fight climate change Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 31- Energy taxes in much of the world are far below what they should be to reflect the harmful environmental and health impact of fossil fuels use, the International Monetary Fund said in a new book on Thursday.

  • There has been a flurry of meetings between biofuel backers and White House officials in advance of the release of the long-delayed targets for the use of renewable fuels this year, which are expected to reach the Office of Management and Budget for review within weeks.

  • Big threat to coastal cities isn't getting fixed Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:36 AM ET
    A woman walks with her dog by homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy along the beach in the Rockaways on January 15, 2013 in New York City.

    The U.S. lacks a plan to save coastal cities from hurricanes and rising sea levels, and getting there may not be easy.

  • *Mozambique bets on India's growing demand for coal. LONDON, July 30- Rio Tinto has agreed to sell coal assets it bought through a $4 billion acquisition of Riversdale in 2011 for just $50 million to an Indian joint venture, ending its ill-fated venture in Mozambique's coal sector.

  • What's stopping Asia's push into green cars?     Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 8:35 PM ET

    Alvin Kwock, Head of Emerging Technology Research at JP Morgan, says there is a lack of charging infrastructure for fuel-friendly cars in Asia.