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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12- South Africa will announce a series of renewable energy projects on Monday that will add 1,000 megawatts of power into the country's constrained electricity grid, sources close to the deals told Reuters. Another non-government source familiar with the bidding said the following firms were strong contenders: Johannesburg- based...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged countries at U.N. climate talks in Lima to move away from using fossil fuels while demonstrators gathered outside the meeting urged him to reject the Keystone oil pipeline. As Kerry delivered a 30- minute speech trying to inject momentum into difficult UN climate negotiations, environmentalists stood outside...

  • CARHUAZ, Peru, Dec 11- High in the Peruvian Andes, the glacier-fed lake Laguna 513 brims with meltwater atop a populated valley in a region prone to earthquakes. Peru has more tropical glaciers than any other nation but rising temperatures linked to global warming have helped shrink the ice masses by up to 40 percent, filling existing lakes to the brim and spawning...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Once at the forefront of the fight again global warming, Japan is now facing calls from other big economies such as China to set fresh emissions targets as Tokyo increases its use of dirty coal energy to replace nuclear. Japan now finds itself alongside India and Russia, the world's third- and fourth-biggest polluters, by not yet declaring goals.

  • LIMA, Dec 10- The United States on Wednesday played down prospects for a wide-ranging deal with India to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year along the lines of a plan agreed to with China last month. "We don't have that kind of process going on with India," U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern told a news conference during Dec. 1-12 talks among 190 nations in Lima on ways to...

  • 'Berlin Wall' climate divide looms over Lima Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:37 PM ET

    Since then, however, nations such as Singapore or Mexico have grown rich but are still deemed "poor". In Lima, representatives of 192 countries are trying to craft a new accord that will hold developed nations responsible for their past emissions but that will also put on the hook some emerging economies that will emit most carbon in future. Countries are grappling...

  • U.S. says no China-style climate deal in works for India Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    LIMA, Dec 10- The United States on Wednesday played down prospects for a wide-ranging deal with India to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year along the lines of a plan agreed to with China last month. China is the top greenhouse gas emitter, ahead of the United States, the European Union and India. Under a joint U.S.- China announcement last month, the United...