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  • 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.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact on Monday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

  • Investing in climate change     Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:35 PM ET

    Hardeep Walia, Motif Investing co-founder, says climate change, despite the naysayers, is getting worse. He advises investors on two approaches to profiting from the trend, or shorting the climate change motif.

  • Investing in climate change: A 25-stock index Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 11:42 AM ET
    Hurricane whips palm trees

    Motif Investing has created a 25-stock index to give investors an opportunity to invest in climate change, explains co-founder Hardeep Walia.

  • The report recommended that the EPA partner with the Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to improve oversight over methane leaks. The report also recommended the EPA develop a strategy to address the financial and policy issues that hinder reducing emissions from distribution pipelines.

  • Groundwater levels plunge as southwest slurps up Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 8:40 AM ET
    Mineral-stained rocks on the upstream side of the Hoover Dam are seen at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona.

    The data comes as policymakers wrestle over how to manage the use of groundwater, often farmers' last resort, NBC News reports.

  • SYDNEY, July 25- London copper edged down on Friday but was still set to log its fifth weekly advance in six, as investors grow more positive towards metals given encouraging signs of economic revival and a brighter outlook for China in particular.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Gas-rich states such as Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a new study says.

  • FACTBOX-Proposed U.S. nuclear power reactors Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    July 24- Southern Co, a power company, said it hopes to announce plans to build more nuclear reactors by the end of the year, a spokesman said late Wednesday.

  • July 24- Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday.

  • "EPA goes beyond the plain reading of Clean Air Act Section 111 directing states to achieve questionable emission reduction targets from a limited menu of economically damaging and legally questionable' options'," said Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, the committee's top Republican.

  • BRUSSELS, July 23- The European Commission on Wednesday put forward a target to improve energy savings by 30 percent as part of efforts to curb EU reliance on Russian gas imports.

  • BRUSSELS, July 23- The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to put forward a target to improve energy efficiency by 30 percent as part of a package of climate and energy policy for 2030, EU sources said.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- The United States on Wednesday honored six development projects for helping some of the world's most politically fragile countries or poorest people, including a railway in Afghanistan and basic health and water services in Yemen.

  • BEIJING, July 23- Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be decommissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency. Xinhua said the authorities had shut down the Gaojing Thermal Power Plant's six 100 megawatt generating units.

  • EPA chief in hot seat as lawmakers dissect carbon rule Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    The hearing takes place a week before the EPA holds a series of public meetings on its carbon plan in Denver, Pittsburgh, Washington and Atlanta. The group also telegraphed potential legal action, arguing the EPA had overstepped the bounds of the Clean Air Act to draft its complex rule.

  • TIANJIN, China, July 23- China is readying an assault on the "fortress economies" of local governments by creating a super region around Beijing, with proposals that sources suggest will be more aggressive than so far has been publicly revealed.

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Senate leaders were nearing an agreement to vote this week on a $10.9 billion transportation funding extension already passed by the House of Representatives, signaling a desire to minimize drama over road construction money this summer.