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  • SHANGHAI, March 2- China's environmental ministry has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve air quality. Inspectors from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection last week summoned mayors from the cities of Linyi in the eastern province of...

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments and data about monarchs through March 2, and a decision on whether to list the monarch as threatened is due in December. Environmentalists say the butterfly's decline— the overwinter population in Mexico reached a low in 2013— has coincided with the rise of St. Louis- based agribusiness giant Monsanto's...

  • Tom Wolf, who ran last year with the backing of environmental groups, will soon be giving a first glimpse at how his administration will approach the powerful Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. Next week, Wolf's Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to release its plans to update various rules over the drilling industry, including how it must...

  • China's wild panda population rebounds Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET
    Mother giant panda Juxiao is seen with one of her triplets at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, December 9, 2014.

    China's wild panda population has rebounded thanks to intensive conservation efforts and a decline in poaching, the Financial Times reports.

  • *Opposition plan march in Moscow on Sunday. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, just before midnight on Friday, police said. Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for...

  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. The situation underscores the frustrating complexity of the gasoline market in California, where state environmental regulations...

  • SANDWICH, Mass.— Parts of the Massachusetts coastline could face a lengthy recovery process after being pummeled by severe winter storms, the state's top environmental official said Friday. Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton was joined by local state legislators as he toured beaches in Sandwich and Barnstable on Cape Cod.

  • STOCKHOLM— Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The European Union, United States, China and Norway have also announced their intended targets but haven't formally submitted them to the U.N.

  • Dredging work finished on Snake and Clearwater rivers Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    LEWISTON, Idaho— Dredging work in the Snake and Clearwater rivers near the Idaho and Washington state border to aid barge traffic is finished. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the Lewiston Tribune that work wrapped up Thursday, a few days ahead of schedule. The dredging is part of a $16 million plan to deal with sediment that forms in slack water created by the...

  • At a legislative hearing Feb. 11, Entergy Corp. Vice President Mike Twomey was asked what would happen if a dedicated investment fund doesn't grow enough to cover the estimated $1.2 billion cost of decommissioning the Vernon facility. Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry engineer who now consults with groups critical of the industry, labeled the...

  • JACKSON, Miss.— An employee being sued by Southern Co. will get another four weeks to work out his defense and look for a lawyer, but won't be able to sue the company or talk about his employment dispute in the meantime. An Alabama state court judge on Friday extended a temporary restraining order that also bans Brett Wingo from talking about his work for Southern...

  • Hmm...Exxon, Jersey reach deal in 11-year case Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:29 AM ET
    Governor Chris Christie

    Exxon Mobil and New Jersey reached a settlement of about $250 million in an environmental suit seeking $8.9 billion in damages. The NYT reports.

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation. Documents seen by The Associated Press and EU comments on Friday show that during an...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them- and world leaders- to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/ IPSOS poll has found. The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding...

  • South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:04 PM ET

    The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine commissioners voted to restart the Wolsong No. 1 reactor located in Gyeongju city, 275 kilometers south of Seoul. It was the first such decision in South Korea since safety concerns about nuclear energy and older plants were raised following the meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi...

  • Illinois plan would aid Exelon nuclear plants Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:25 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Power-producing giant Exelon Corp. rounded out a phalanx of Illinois lawmakers and business leaders who said Thursday that three nuclear power plants could close unless consumers chip in to reward them for producing environmentally-friendly electricity. The Exelon- backed plan was quickly derided as a "bailout" Thursday by a consumer...

  • OSLO, Feb 26- A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. Examining temperatures of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans back to 1850, which have natural swings in winds and currents that can last decades, the scientists said a cooler...

  • When the Lindavia entered Dutch Harbor Feb. 12 to pick up fish for delivery to Asia, the crew notified the Coast Guard that it had suffered damage to some navigation lights and radar systems during storms on its voyage to Alaska from China, Feldis said. Coast Guard officials noticed the possible environmental crimes when they boarded the ship to check the damage.

  • The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate's environmental record has come under renewed scrutiny after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accepted large donations from major energy companies Exxon Mobil and Chevron. The groups also got money from...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 25- Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will re-introduce legislation on Thursday designed to encourage the development of clean coal technologies that could keep the fuel a key source of American power generation. The bill, which is likely to be popular in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate but face opposition from the White House,...