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  • BOSTON, Aug 14- Vanguard Group on Monday said it has urged companies to disclose how climate change could affect their business and asset valuations, reflecting how the environment has become a priority for the investment industry. Vanguard manages about $4 trillion and is often the top shareholder in big U.S. corporations through its massive index funds-...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 14- Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid. The Sierra Club, in the suit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, said the department had ignored a...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 14- Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid. The Sierra Club, in the suit filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, said the department had ignored a...

  • Cities with the best view of the total eclipse are spending big, bracing for a huge influx of tourists — and it's not clear it will pay off.

  • OSLO, Aug 14- Norway's $975- billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should be more forceful in promoting its ethical agenda and influencing the thousands of companies it invests in, a report commissioned by non-governmental organisations said on Monday. The fund, which invests the proceeds of Norway's oil and gas production for future...

  • MADISON, Wis.— A Wisconsin state Assembly committee approved a $3 billion tax incentive package on Monday for Taiwan- based Foxconn Technology Group, the first vote in what could be an intense month of legislative action to quickly pass the massive deal. The panel rejected 22 Democratic amendments that sought, in part, to provide extra protections for taxpayers...

  • WASHINGTON— The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. "I was surprised at how physically demanding jobs were," says lead author Nicole Maestas, a Harvard Medical School economist.

  • A boy wades through a flooded street in Panama City.

    Environmental watchers raise alarm over climate refugees, millions of whom could be displaced by the effects of a warming globe.

  • KUWAIT CITY— Kuwait battled Sunday to control an oil spill off its southern coast that stained its beaches, threatened to damage power plants and water stations, and left long black slicks in the Persian Gulf. It remained unclear where the spill originated, though Kuwait said it didn't look like the spill came from its oil fields. "There will be severe consequences...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Kuwait says an oil spill has struck its waters in the Persian Gulf. Kuwait's state-run KUNA news agency reported late Saturday that emergency responders were working toward containing the spill near Kuwait's southern Ras al-Zour. Tiny Kuwait, an OPEC member nation, has the world's six-largest estimated oil reserves.

  • Merkel is far ahead of her rivals in opinion polls but, wary of complacency setting in among her supporters, she plans 50 rallies in towns and cities across Germany in the run-up to the Sept. 24 election, when she will seek a fourth term in office. With her conservative Christian Democratic Union campaigning on a platform of economic stability, Merkel ripped into...

  • California's attorney general sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday for failing to provide records he contends could show conflicts of interest by Administrator Scott Pruitt.

  • An employee packs a box with trays of fresh eggs inside an egg farm in the West Flanders region of Belgium, on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

    The EU is planning on holding a meeting over a tainted egg scandal, which revealed insecticide-contaminated products in 17 countries.

  • BERLIN, Aug 11- German politicians and car company bosses will hold a second diesel summit after they agreed at a first meeting to overhaul engine software on 5.3 million diesel cars, a government spokesman said on Friday, though he did not name a date. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said while the first important steps had been agreed at that summit,...

  • OSLO, Aug 11- Russian shipping in the Arctic is benefiting from winds that are driving the oldest and thickest sea ice towards North America, further opening a remote region that is thawing amid global warming, scientists say. The thinning Russian ice could help liquefied natural gas tankers, due to start exports from Russia's Yamal Peninsula in late 2017, to...

  • LINCOLN, Neb., Aug 10- Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline vowed on Thursday to block construction of the controversial project if Nebraska regulators approve the proposed route later this year. Nebraska's Public Service Commission will make its final decision by Nov. 23. "Standing Rock was a dress rehearsal compared to what this will be," said Jane Kleeb, chair of...

  • A farmer unloads harvested corn in Marshall, Missouri.

    Farm manufacturer stocks like Deere, Agco and CNH drop over 2 percent after USDA reports higher-than-expected crop yields.

  • LINCOLN, Neb., Aug 10- Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline vowed on Thursday to block construction of the controversial project if Nebraska regulators approve the proposed route later this year. Nebraska regulators wrapped up a final public hearing a day early on Thursday on TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline after four days of contentious...

  • The analysis found that Trump's Justice Department settled 26 civil cases against companies over environmental violations, totaling $12 million in penalties. That's a 60 percent drop on average from comparable time periods under presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush or Bill Clinton, even before adjustments for inflation. A spokesman for the Justice...

  • LONDON, Aug 10- Lead's price steadied on Thursday near the six-month highs hit earlier this week, supported by expectations of tighter supplies due to mine closures that have created shortages of concentrate for smelters. On Wednesday the price touched $2,422, its highest level since Feb. 14. It is starting to constrain primary smelter production, "said Cru's...