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  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

  • Senators ask for more oil train notifications Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    The letter was signed by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. More than a dozen oil-by-rail refining or loading facilities and terminals have been built in California, Oregon and Washington, with another two dozen new projects or expansions in the works in the three states.

  • Hey, UN—It's time for action on climate change Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:47 AM ET
    The Star Jet roller coaster remains in the water after the Casion Pier it sat on collapsed from the forces of Superstorm Sandy, February 19, 2013 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

    At the recent UN climate change confab, most leaders were like "deer in headlights," says Terry Tamminen. It's time for action.

  • Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    Hunters, campers, fishermen and others spent more than $623 million directly within 50 miles of Bureau of Land Management property in sagebrush ecosystems across more than 61 million acres, said the report by ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm founded in Oregon in 1974..

  • Climate plan faces test in Montana coal country Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 5:49 AM ET

    Steve Bullock's assertion that Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without shutting down power plants is getting its first public test in the heart of coal country. State officials planned a Tuesday public meeting in Colstrip on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to cut greenhouse emissions.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.

  • They said their countries would cooperate on security and to fight terrorism and would back a "rules based" global order in which India assumes greater multilateral responsibility, including a reformed U.N. Security Council. "We have a vision that the United States and India will have a transformative relationship as trusted partners in the 21st century.

  • Dominion natural gas exports plan gets federal OK Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Dominion Energy received federal approval late Monday to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

  • Six industries at big risk in California's drought Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    Six industries are struggling to survive the ongoing California drought, NBC News reports.

  • State probing Millstone water released into sound Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:55 AM ET

    WATERFORD, Conn.— State environmental officials are taking a closer look at the impact of more than 2 billion gallons of heated water discharged each day into Long Island Sound from Connecticut's nuclear plant.

  • Politics meets energy at New Hampshire summit Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    Jeb Bradley— who made the quip about prices— and also from candidates for governor and U.S. Senate: Democrats Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and their respective Republican challengers Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown.

  • Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.

  • MADRID/ SYDNEY, Sept 28- A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.

  • Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.

  • Comment period extended on crude oil facility Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York regulators have again extended the public comment period for a shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany. Waltham, Massachusetts- based Global wants to add heating facilities at its Albany terminal so it can handle thick, tar-like crude oil of the sort that's being mined in western Canada.

  • SAO PAULO, Sept 26- President Michelle Bachelet of Chile enacted new environmental tax legislation on Friday making the country the first in South America to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

  • At the UN's Climate Summit this week a diverse group of global leaders, from World Bank president Jim Yong Kim to California Governor Jerry Brown, spoke of the need for polluters to pay for each ton of carbon they emit. Carbon pricing, largely rejected by the United States and struggling in Europe, is suddenly all the rage, with China leading the charge.

  • Sept 26- U.S. wheat exports should not be hurt by the second discovery of experimental Monsanto Co. genetically modified wheat growing in a U.S. state where it was not approved, industry leaders said on Friday, because the wheat is not believed to be in commercial channels.

  • West Virginia opens bids on fracking under river Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Facing another tough budget scenario, West Virginia is ready to let companies drill for oil and natural gas deep beneath 14 miles of the Ohio River. On Friday, state commerce officials opened bids to drill under the northern West Virginia section of the river, which serves as a natural border with Ohio.

  • Changes ordered at Los Alamos over nuke waste leak Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers were reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday.