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  • Suncor Energy Refinery on April 19, 2018 in Commerce City, Colorado.

    Colorado counties are filing a lawsuit that claims Exxon and Suncor contributed to climate change and harmed Colorado’s environment, US News reports.

  • LONDON, April 20- Staff and investors in HSBC questioned its new bosses on Friday over how they will improve gender balance and ethnic diversity in senior management at a bank that only weeks ago reported the biggest gender pay gap among big British companies. Mark Tucker, the bank's new chairman, and new chief executive John Flint faced questions from their own...

  • MILAN— Designers are confronting what it means to be sustainable at the Milan Furniture Show. It cannot be reduced to an embellishment, "said architect Carlo Ratti, who recreated the four seasons under a crystal-topped pavilion opposite Milan's Duomo cathedral. Ratti, who runs an MIT research project exploring new technologies and design in cities, used heat...

  • FRANKFURT, Germany— Prosecutors say one person is in custody in an investigation of current and former managers at automaker Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen, over the company's diesel emissions scandal. Prosecutors in Stuttgart declined Friday to identify the person, arrested following raids Wednesday at 10 locations in southern Germany, other than to say it...

  • * "There is a high wind ramp-up in Germany while thermal capacity is also solid," one trader said. *Germany's baseload delivery contract for Monday slipped 19.8 percent from the Friday delivery price to 31 euros a megawatt hour. *However, thermal capacity in Germany and interconnected Austria, put together, is likely to remain strong next week and add 0.2 percent to...

  • LONDON, April 20- Europe's largest bank HSBC said on Friday it would mostly stop funding new coal power plants, oil sands and arctic drilling, becoming the latest in a long line of investors to shun the fossil fuels. HSBC said it would make an exception for coal-fired power plants in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam. Aside from the coal exemptions environmental...

  • The project will be located 25 miles north of Las Vegas and have a capacity of 100 megawatts.

  • LOS ANGELES— An acrid stink of petroleum sent Santa Barbara County firefighters scrambling three years ago in a search of a possible spill. Jurors being selected Thursday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court will determine if the company that operated the pipeline that ruptured, spilling at least 123,000 gallons of crude May 19, 2015, broke any laws.

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration is moving forward on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose. Addressing fellow Republicans at a GOP conference in West Virginia in February, Trump said a friend told him that every Republican president since...

  • LONDON— Britain's government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds— and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit. Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that "plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." She told Commonwealth leaders meeting in London Thursday that...

  • David Walton as Will, Christine Woods as Liz in "About A Boy."

    Just in time for Earth Week!

  • American businesses are investing record amounts in solar, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association.

  • DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast, April 19- Faced with the prospect of losing all its forests, Ivory Coast has partnered with chocolate makers to try to halt the spread of cocoa plantations in protected national parks and reserves. Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa producer, and major chocolate companies from Mars to Hershey to Barry Callebaut pledged last year to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 19- Lyft Inc is launching a program on Thursday to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the U.S. ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas, the company said. The move comes as Lyft and Uber Technologies Inc, as well as bike-share and scooter-renting startups, face scrutiny for...

  • BANGKOK— A court in Thailand found seven environmental activists not guilty Thursday of violating a law on public gatherings that imposes severe penalties for actions that disrupt public services. The activists, all women, in November 2016 blocked access to a meeting at a local government office in Loei province in Thailand's northeast to protest a request...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 19- The decision by the government of Australia's Northern Territory government to allow the resumption of fracking for natural gas will do little to immediately solve the country's energy woes, but will likely sharpen political battle lines. Northern Territory is a vast, sparsely-populated 1.4 million square kilometre part of...

  • The U.K. government unveiled the plans at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

  • TOMAKOMAI, Japan, April 19- A test site in Japan for burying carbon dioxide below the seabed off Hokkaido island is showing more promise than other carbon, capture and storage projects by cutting costs and increasing efficiency, its developer says. While the $300 million site at Tomakomai port represents a small portion of the $20 billion invested in CCS, it has...

  • BEIJING, April 19- China's war on pollution is at risk of reaching a "stalemate", with poor weather conditions undermining the country's efforts to reduce smog, an environment ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Air pollution rose by more than a quarter in parts of northern China in March, and the region has been hit by another bout of smog in the second half of April,...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 19- The decision by the government of Australia's Northern Territory government to allow the resumption of fracking for natural gas will do little to immediately solve the country's energy woes, but will likely sharpen political battle lines. Northern Territory is a vast, sparsely-populated 1.4 million square kilometre part of...