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  • GSR Ventures bets big on business of lighting   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 8:21 PM ET
    LED lighting revolution, VC in China

    Sonny Wu, co-founder & managing director of GSR Ventures and chairman of GO Scale Capital, explains the firm's decision to invest in China-based startup Lattice Power.

  • Obama: Climate change threatens national security Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:08 PM ET
    President Barack Obama walks through an honor cordon as he arrives for the 134th Commencement Exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut May 20, 2015.

    President Obama called out climate change deniers in Congress for potentially harming the country, USA Today reports.

  • A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    In a separate development, oil giant BP— which leased the rig from Transocean— reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation with Transocean, and with contractor Halliburton, which did cement work on the rig before it exploded in April 2010. But Transocean and Halliburton also were found to have some responsibility.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A federal magistrate judge Wednesday rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak. The documents could be evidence in a lawsuit that a coalition of environmental groups, led by the New York City- based Waterkeeper Alliance, filed...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to "decarbonise" its investment portfolios. Hollande said on Wednesday that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their...

  • The spill occurred Tuesday about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the Pacific Ocean for several hours before it was shut off. The spill happened Tuesday about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara.

  • Pope's No. 2 offers new insights into climate encyclical Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    VATICAN CITY— A new development model is needed to combat global warming, one that marries economic growth to combat poverty with a sustainable use of resources, Pope Francis' deputy said Wednesday. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, said both political and economic commitment will be required to ensure the Earth's health for future...

  • Utility regulators keep wind power negotiations alive Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Utility regulators moved one step closer Wednesday to entering into a long-term contract with developers hoping to sell power generated by a wind project in Somerset County. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 to modify and approve the terms of an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources LLC to ensure that the state is getting the...

  • France wants business world to help curb climate change Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:29 PM ET

    France is to host the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December. Hollande stressed Wednesday that an agreement between 196 countries in Paris would have "extremely positive consequences on economic actors, technologies of the future, employment and growth." "You must make commitments, provide us answers, and the success will also be yours," he said at a Business...

  • PARIS, May 20- French President Francois Hollande said he was worried about a lack of progress towards a United Nations climate deal in Paris in December and called on the financial sector to decarbonise its investment portfolios. Hollande said that only 37 of 196 U.N. member states had so far submitted plans to the United Nations outlining their actions to slow...

  • The remarks came as the Vatican is due to release a papal encyclical, or formal letter, on the issue. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who helped draft the encyclical, said the paper would be presented in the second half of June, two months before the pope is due to address the U.S. Congress and a United Nations meeting on sustainable development. "Our lives must become more...

  • Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens' decision earlier this month prevents the Mining and Energy Commission from approving drilling units for hydraulic fracturing until the state Supreme Court decides a separate case regarding how the state panels are formed. Stephens also delayed proceedings in the lawsuit filed against the state's...

  • PORTSMOUTH, N.H.— The City Council in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has voted to approve a $90.1 million plan to upgrade the existing Peirce Island wastewater plant. The vote came despite the continued assertion by City Manager John Bohenko that the cost has been inflated as much as $40 million because of the Environmental Protection Agency's belief that nitrogen...

  • Global Partners, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, needs the air quality permit to install seven boilers that would warm rail tanker cars to facilitate offloading of dense crude to Hudson River barges destined for coastal refineries. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has issued a moratorium on expansion of crude handling facilities at the port, but Global...

  • NEW LONDON, Conn.— President Barack Obama has argued for action on climate change as a matter of health, environmental protection and international obligation. Those who deny global warming are putting at risk the United States and the military sworn to defend it, he told cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends...

  • Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The study involved federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "No feasible alternative causes remain that can reasonably explain the...

  • GOLETA, Calif.— An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out. Federal regulators were investigating the leak as workers in protective suits raked and shoveled stinky...

  • Pipeline bursts, spills oil off California coast Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:31 PM ET

    The pipeline—which spilled oil off the California coast—has been shut off, but it's not yet clear how much oil spilled.

  • Critics hear EPA’s voice in ‘public comments’ Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 6:48 PM ET
    Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

    Critics of the EPA say there is a reason the agency saw overwhelming support from its public comments, the NYT reports.

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay a fine of nearly $3 million and spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. Marathon Petroleum, based in Findlay in northwest Ohio, said most of the alleged violations happened several years ago, and that it is...