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  • Maldives supports China's modern 'Silk Road' plan Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:53 AM ET

    MALE, Maldives— Chinese President Xi Jinping began a weeklong tour of South Asia on Monday, choosing the tiny island nation of the Maldives to tout his vision for a modern maritime " Silk Road." Smaller Indian Ocean nations like the Maldives and Sri Lanka could become key stops along such a route, and China has already begun investing in ports along the way.

  • In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4- megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.

  • Strange bedfellows: Solar power meets oil drilling Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    A company that uses solar energy to recover crude has scored financing from some big oil players, highlighting a growing niche of exploration.

  • Chinese protesters march against trash incinerator Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    BEIJING— Residents in a southern Chinese town protested for a second day Sunday against a proposed garbage incinerator, according to witnesses, as police said ringleaders of the earlier demonstrations involving thousands that saw clashes with police should surrender.

  • *Scottish nationalists warn BP and some banks. *Rupert Murdoch visits, says Scotland' alive with debate'. At stake is not just the future of Scotland, but that of the United Kingdom, forged by the union with England 307 years ago.

  • *Scottish nationalists warn BP and some banks. EDINBURGH, Sept 13- The battle over Scottish independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a senior nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of secession.

  • Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.

  • Large number of salmon return to Columbia River Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters, and for tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest.

  • INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    "Rather than be picked apart on a state-by-state basis, with different regulations, we needed to have a coherent and cohesive federal system," said Anne Kolton, spokeswoman for the American Chemistry Council.

  • Since entering the race in mid-August, Silva has picked a pro-agriculture congressman as her running mate, met repeatedly with agribusiness leaders and campaigned in the farm belt, eager to make allies in an industry that accounts for a quarter of Brazil's economy. The fuel price controls have gutted Brazil's once-booming sugar cane ethanol industry.

  • Fracking or drinking water: Must we choose? Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    A crewman watches over water tanks used for hydraulic fracturing at an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation site near Brighton, Colo.

    Many shale-rich countries face a dilemma, says a new report. It might mean a choice between fracking for energy or having enough water to drink.

  • Groups sue over oil shipments in older rail cars Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. That petition sought an emergency order to prohibit crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana and elsewhere from being carried in older tank cars, known as DOT-111s.

  • Development banks pledge to step up climate action Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    *Statement comes before Ban summit in New York on Sept. 23. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon in New York, the World Bank and other banks said they had delivered $75 billion in financing since they started joint tracking of funds in 2011..

  • Mexico pollution, water disputes turn political Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Water pollution disasters in Mexico have turned into political battles as officials struggled Wednesday to blame each other for the problems. A town in western Jalisco state is fighting state officials over what caused the death of more than 200 tons of fish at a local lake.

  • Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980 s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of good news about the health of the planet.

  • SEOUL, Sept 11- A cap on carbon dioxide emissions that South Korea expects to introduce as part of a carbon trading scheme will be around 3 percent larger than previously touted over the next three years, the government said on Thursday.

  • Maine group gets grant for wind power technology Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine research group is getting a $1.1 million federal grant to help develop new technology to detect birds and bats near wind turbines. Biodiversity Research Institute will use the funding to further create a system of high-technology cameras.

  • Study: North Texas drilling adds $11.8B to economy Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— Production from the natural gas-rich Barnett Shale in North Texas has risen even as drilling activity and natural gas prices have fallen, according to a study commissioned by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce released Wednesday.

  • Industry to seek changes in 'fracking' rules Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Supporters of high-volume oil and gas extraction said Wednesday that they'll seek dozens of changes in proposed rules governing the practice in Illinois that they believe violate a hard-won compromise between industry and environmentalists.

  • The groups, led by the Sierra Club, AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the Citizens Trade Campaign, and Public Citizen, said TPA should be replaced with a new system that gives both Congress and the public a louder voice in trade negotiations.