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  • Oct 20- Eight former commissioners of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a letter to the agency opposing Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants because they are not economic in the current low price market. "Our common goal has been to encourage competition in the electricity sector in order to...

  • WASHINGTON— Congress is a step closer to opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. A budget measure approved by the Republican-controlled Senate allows Congress to pursue legislation allowing oil and gas exploration in the remote refuge on a majority vote. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska said Congress can create...

  • WASHINGTON— The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump's nominees for key regulatory posts. Joni Ernst of Iowa and a half dozen other Republican lawmakers to take specific actions benefiting the biofuels industry.

  • Pollution is killing at least 9 million people every year

    Pollution is killing at least 9 million people every year and it's even threatening the 'survival of human societies.'

  • LONDON, Oct 20- So what's become of the United States' national security investigation into steel imports? Delays may be to fine-tune any sanctions to minimise collateral damage to "friendly" trading partners while focusing on China. The 25 million tonne drop year on year is equivalent to closing every steel mill in Italy, Europe's second-largest producer...

  • A Scottish city is home to what is claimed to be Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses.

  • A Chinese resident walks out of her house her house next to a coal fired power plant on November 26, 2015 in Shanxi, China.

    Pollution kills at least 9 million people every year and “threatens the continuing survival of human societies,” according to a new study.

  • Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo speaks about his company's third-quarter earnings.

  • SYDNEY/ MANILA, Oct 20- London nickel futures jumped to a six-week high on Friday, supported by a rally in Chinese steel prices as investors looked to more production curbs in the world's top steel producer. Traders said the modest pullback in copper on Thursday was in reaction to data showing that economic growth in China, the world's biggest metals consumer, was...

  • TOKYO— Japan's industrial standards agency searched offices of metals maker Kobe Steel on Friday as investigations into falsified data on its products widened. The investigations by regulators and by automakers, aircraft manufacturers and other customers of Kobe Steel followed the company's disclosure earlier this month that inspections data on a slew...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 19- U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, losing to Republicans who believe production there would provide jobs and wealth. Established by Congress in 1980, it is home to tribes and a habitat for sensitive wildlife including caribou, polar bears and...

  • THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct 19- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will cut response times to permit requests to within six months by the end of 2018, part of the agency's goal to reduce regulations and delays, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday. The EPA has in some cases taken several years to review some permit requests. Environmentalists have...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 19- The U.S. Senate on Thursday geared up to vote on an amendment that would block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, with opponents of the measure saying development would lead to jobs and wealth creation. Conservationists covet the reserve, also known as ANWR, in northern Alaska, home to tribes that hunt and fish and also a habitat...

  • *Merkel was weakened by far right in Sept. 24 election. BERLIN, Oct 19- There is a long way to go in talks on forming a new German coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a senior member of the pro-business Free Democrats said after meeting the environmentalist Greens on Thursday. Merkel, weakened by a surging far right in a Sept. 24 national...

  • Backers of the Vancouver Energy project have given $370,000 in cash to support Kris Greene, who has expressed support for the terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver, according to filings with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. That represents the bulk of the cash he has raised in the Vancouver port commissioner's race. Tesoro Corp. and Savage...

  • OSLO, Oct 19- Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday. "We are trying to... put biodiversity and ecosystems on the same level- as an environmental, economic, social,...

  • In a still from a video, Jeff Bezos christening Amazon's new wind farm.

    Amazon has announced that its biggest wind farm to date is operational.

  • LONDON— Energy firm BP announced Thursday that Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman who presided over the company during the Deepwater Horizon spill, has decided to retire. Svanberg took the post in April 2010— just months before the disaster, which killed 11 people and led to an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's current CEO, Bob Dudley, credited...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 19- Siemens may cut thousands of jobs as part of plans to overhaul its power turbine business, where growth in renewable energy is dampening demand for new coal and gas power stations, a person familiar with the matter said. Separately, Bloomberg cited sources as saying that Siemens also planned to restructure its Process Industries and Drives...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won't be from a remote drilling platform. Federal regulators are taking comments on a draft environmental statement for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston- based Hilcorp to create an artificial gravel island that would...