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  • Michigan denies Detroit oil byproduct storage Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— A company cannot store piles of petroleum coke at an open riverfront site in Detroit because it does not have adequate measures in place to control dust, a Michigan state agency said Thursday.

  • EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.

  • US-EU trade talks sour amid chlorine chicken fears Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28- country bloc.

  • POWRANNA, Australia, July 18- Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the frigid early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot as they jostle for space at a long grain trough.

  • Details of court ruling on 2012 gas drilling law Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:42 PM ET

    Details of Thursday's Commonwealth Court ruling on a lawsuit challenging aspects of a 2012 law that updated Pennsylvania's oil and gas drilling regulations:. —The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's power to withhold drilling fee revenue from municipalities whose zoning it deems to illegally restrict drilling activity.

  • Court further limits reach of gas drilling law Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A Pennsylvania court has further limited the reach of a major 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations, ruling Thursday that state public utility regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry.

  • 'Peak soil' threatens future global food security Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    *Arable land from China to Sub-Saharan Africa already lost. "We know far more about the amount of oil there is globally and how long those stocks will last than we know about how much soil there is," said John Crawford, Director of the Sustainable Systems Programme in Rothamsted Research in England.

  • WELLINGTON/ LONDON, July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world's third biggest.

  • WELLINGTON/ LONDON, July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world's third biggest.

  • FACTBOX-Carbon trading schemes around the world Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change hit turbulence on Thursday when Australia scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme. Eight new carbon markets have opened since 2013 in countries including the world's top emitters China and the United States.

  • WELLINGTON/ LONDON, July 17- The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, received a major setback when Australia on Thursday scrapped its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world's third biggest.

  • Australia repeals maligned 2-year-old carbon tax Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:31 AM ET

    SYDNEY— Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.

  • *Australia axes world's second biggest ETS before it starts. *Opposition calls it an "appalling" day for Australia. Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters on a per capita basis and abandoning plans for the world's second largest emissions trading scheme after Europe, set to begin from 2015, is a major setback for global CO2 trading.

  • Australia repeals controversial carbon tax Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 9:36 PM ET

    SYDNEY— Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.

  • Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group. Boston and Staten Island averaged one leak per each mile mapped.

  • Google's Street View takes on America's gas leaks Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 16- Google Inc's Street View cars have captured the world's roads, highways and back alleys for years. Google cars fit with air monitors have taken millions of readings along the streets of Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a program run by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund to help reduce methane emissions.

  • LONDON, July 16- Britain wants deeper reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System than those proposed by the European Commission and Germany, favoring canceling hundreds of millions of carbon permits over launching a tool to regulate market supply.

  • Minnesota Power reaches deal on coal-fired plants Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants in northeastern Minnesota, government officials and the company said Wednesday.

  • Health chief: No fast answer to drilling questions Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health said Wednesday that its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.

  • Feds: Holes in tank likely factor in W.Va. leak Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said. In a report released Wednesday, the Chemical Safety Board also found that the leaky Freedom Industries tank wasn't the only shoddy one.