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  • How to fix California's drought problem Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    Sun Valley water cisterns.

    California has enough water—that's not the problem, says Terry Tamminen. So here's how you solve the drought crisis.

  • TORONTO, April 13- Ontario will join a carbon market set up by Quebec and California to reduce pollution from greenhouse gases, Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday. A California Air Resources Board official and several carbon traders on Friday had said Ontario would join the cap-and-trade program. Quebec started a cap-and-trade carbon market and joined it...

  • SHANGHAI, April 13- China's coal imports in the first quarter fell 42 percent on a year earlier amid tepid demand and tighter quality checks, customs data showed on Monday. Imports by the world's biggest coal consumer reached 49.07 million tonnes in the first three months of the year, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.

  • SHANGHAI, April 13- China's coal imports in the first quarter fell 42 percent on a year earlier amid tepid demand and tighter quality checks, customs data showed on Monday. Imports by the world's biggest coal consumer reached 49.07 million tonnes in the first three months of the year, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.

  • MES AYNAK, Afghanistan, April 12- China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul's struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up. Tapping Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion mineral resources is a top priority for President...

  • Paper towels, toilet tissue latest uses for wheat straw Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested. She said she thinks Kimberly-Clark's...

  • LONDON, April 11- The Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters has left Iraq after he was threatened on Facebook and denounced by a Shi'ite paramilitary group's satellite news channel in reaction to a Reuters report last week that detailed lynching and looting in the city of Tikrit. The April 5 post and subsequent comments demanded he be expelled from Iraq.

  • OTTAWA/ MONTREAL, April 10- Ontario will announce on Monday that it will join an emerging North American carbon market, CBC news reported on Friday, as Canadian provincial leaders prepared to meet at a summit next week on climate change. Quebec launched a cap-and-trade carbon market with California in 2014. Such markets require industrial facilities to...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The federal government began the review process Friday on Royal Dutch Shell's plans to continue a drilling program it halted in 2012 in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern shore. The public will have until April 20 to comment on environmental aspects and until May 1 to comment on the overall revised plan, submitted by the subsidiary, Shell...

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The U.S. Interior Department said on Friday it has received a plan by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to explore drilling opportunities in the Arctic. The company's plan envisions "exploration drilling in the shallow waters of the Chukchi Sea Outer Continental Shelf, off the northwest coast of Alaska." The Interior Department will now consider the...

  • OSLO, April 10- Norway wants to increase oversight at its $885 billion sovereign wealth fund, consider investments in more real assets and expand the fund's environmental mandate, the government said on Friday. Managed by the central bank, the fund now hold $170,000 for each of Norway's 5.16 million people and owns over 1 percent of global shares with holdings in...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— If officials in Washington state wind up not allowing Royal Dutch Shell to base its Arctic drilling fleet in Seattle over environmental concerns, members of the Alaska Legislature suggest another business decision for its neighbor to the south. A resolution, from Alaska House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Republican, suggests public officials in...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9- The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a...

  • $35 a pound for 'best steak you're going to have' Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:31 PM ET
    Bison at the Star B Ranch in Ramona, California.

    Bison is America's original protein, and now it's America's hottest, putting the "paleo" in the popular Paleo Diet.

  • Engineers compete to make salt water drinkable Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    Tanks that hold the water to be filtered through the desalination machines at the Desal Prize test site in Alamogordo, NM.

    Tech competitors have converged on New Mexico to help the developing world——and maybe drought-stricken California.

  • MERCURY, Nev.— Several members of Congress are heading to the mothballed site of a proposed radioactive waste dump in the Nevada desert amid new talk about a decades-old problem— where to dispose of spent nuclear fuel stored at commercial reactors around the U.S. Shimkus said the trip did not signal a resumption of the Yucca Mountain program because Congress...

  • PONOWARENG, Indonesia/ JAKARTA, April 9- Indonesia announced with great fanfare in 2011 that it would build Southeast Asia's biggest coal-fired power plant on the island of Java, but the $4 billion project is yet to be launched and President Joko Widodo is on the horns of a dilemma. There is no sign yet of what Widodo will do about the coal plant in the Batang region of...

  • Forget 'food trucks'—California has water trucks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Water truck delivery at home just outside Clovis, California.

    Neeley Keeney's water delivery service is struggling to keep up with a booming demand in the drought-parched San Joaquin Valley.

  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles, known for its cars, smog and sprawl, wants to reinvent itself as the home of electric vehicles, solar panels and bicycle paths. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to make LA the most sustainable big city in the nation over the next two decades, a place where people ride bikes, board buses and trains, and even walk to get...

  • Bloomberg adds $30 million to anti-coal campaign Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he is donating an additional $30 million to a Sierra Club initiative working to reduce the nation's use of coal. It is an outdated technology, "Bloomberg said during a rally at the Sierra Club's offices in Washington. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade group, says that...