• Solar panel array to help heat, power Ohio prison Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio— The state on Wednesday unveiled a large solar panel project at a southern Ohio prison it says will save taxpayers $245,000 in annual energy costs, reduce greenhouse emissions and help train inmates involved in the project as a route to future jobs.

  • DAPU, China, July 16- After a test showed farmer Zhao Heping's toddler grandson had high levels of lead in his blood two years ago, local officials in China's Hunan province offered the child medicine, he says- and milk.

  • House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    The House approved the cuts by voice vote after little debate Monday night as it took up a $21 billion spending bill that sets the IRS budget.

  • Budget bills signed by Corbett get legal scrutiny Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania state government's two-week-old fiscal year is the subject of intense legal scrutiny.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California approves fines for water-wasters during drought as conservation proves a tough sell.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 15- A Chinese government agency that oversees state-owned firms on Tuesday named six of them it said will participate in a reform process that could widen the role private capital plays in China's massive state sector.

  • China taps six state-owned firms for reforms Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 15- A Chinese government agency overseeing state-owned firms on Tuesday identified six of them that will be part of a reform process aimed at giving private capital a bigger role in China's massive state sector.

  • Denton could become 1st Texas city to ban fracking Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    DENTON, Texas— A North Texas community that sits on a large natural gas reserve could become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, with city leaders in Denton set to vote Tuesday night on a citizen-led petition.

  • Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of shale gas development in New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday.

  • July 14- Switzerland threatened on Monday to raise its tax on greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector by 40 percent if companies regulated by the country's emissions trading system do not meet government-imposed targets this year.

  • HOBART, Tasmania, July 14- Young Australian vintner Nick Glaetzer's winemaking-steeped family thought he was crazy when he abandoned the Barossa Valley- the hot, dry region that is home to the country's world-famous big, brassy shiraz.

  • WASHINGTON, July 13- This year was supposed to be different for Congress. U.S. lawmakers expected that a promising budget deal reached after a government shutdown last year would herald a new normal for passing annual spending bills, moving Congress away from the crisis-driven approach and resulting economic jitters of recent years.

  • Expert: Pa. didn't address fracking health impacts Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.

  • Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    MANDAREE, N.D.— Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea.

  • Seneca Nation commits to native-only landscaping Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    CATTARAUGUS RESERVATION, New York— The Seneca Indian Nation is strengthening its roots to the land with a new commitment to use only indigenous plants and trees in public landscaping.

  • US appeals granting of new trial to ex-BP engineer Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to grant a new trial to a former BP engineer convicted of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The notice of appeal in the case of Kurt Mix was filed Friday in U.S. District Court, where Mix was tried, and at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Appeals court upholds EPA's mining restraints Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Under a process set up in 2009, EPA began screening mining permit applications made to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, initiating discussions with the Corps on proposed mining projects that EPA considered likely to damage navigable waters. In 2011, the EPA recommended that states impose more stringent conditions for issuing mining permits.

  • *Germany sees cutting chemical plant emissions as priority. LONDON, July 11- Germany is advancing plans for rich countries to encourage the developing world to cut greenhouse gas emissions by subsidising projects, replacing the funding after a United Nations programme has run out of cash.

  • AG: 'Big Oil' lawsuit supporter's term is over Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a south Louisiana flood board member who supports the board's environmental lawsuit against the oil and gas industry has reached the end of his term. Caldwell's opinion is that the term of Paul Kemp on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East ended July 1.

  • Massachusetts Senate OK debate environmental bill Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    BOSTON— The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a $1.9 billion, four-year environmental bond bill. During Thursday's debate, senators added $200 million to the bill, which was originally $1.7 billion.