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  • Obama's second-in-command at EPA resigns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday announced the resignation of Bob Perciasepe (pur-cha-SEP'-ee). He was appointed deputy...

  • Oil surges to near $103 as US stockpiles fall

    The price of oil surged to near $103 a barrel Thursday after a U.S. inventories report showed a larger-than-expected drop in crude oil supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was up $1.64 at $102.84 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York...

  • Australia repeals maligned 2-year-old carbon tax

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian...

  • Both parties fail voters on climate science

    When Sen. Marco Rubio went on ABC's "This Week" on May 11 and said, among other things, "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," he caused quite a stir.

  • Scott says he'll meet scientists on climate change

    MIAMI (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday his administration would be "happy to meet" with 10 scientists from Florida universities who want to talk about climate change, a subject he has been reluctant to address. A letter from the scientists was delivered to Scott's office Tuesday. Scott and...

  • California hearing addresses oil refinery rules

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health. Residents of the...

  • How fracking is making Colorado Democrats quiver

    Democratic Sen. Mark Udall announced his opposition Wednesday to statewide ballot initiatives being bankrolled by Rep. Jared Polis that would impose restrictions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Maine lobster fishing season off to slow start

    ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — The cold winter is still being felt in the waters off Maine, where the nation's largest lobster fishery is off to a slow start. The season typically picks up after the bulk of the lobster population sheds its shells and reaches legal harvesting size. That occurred in late...

  • China moves oil rig out of waters Vietnam claims

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China on Wednesday moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi after two months of drilling that triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam. Withdrawing the rig from near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea...

  • Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change. Joined by top federal officials and local, state...

  • No public hearings in Kentucky on new EPA rule

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will not host public hearings in Kentucky on its proposed new emission standards, despite a plea from the state's senior U.S. senator. EPA's closest public hearing will be in an Atlanta federal building on July 29 and 30 - about a...

  • North Texas city rejects partial fracking ban

    DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community. Denton City Council members voted down...

  • Polish power plant leaks fuel, threatens river

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A malfunction at a Polish power plant on Wednesday caused a leakage of fuel, prompting emergency officials to work to make sure it doesn't contaminate the nearby Vistula River. A spokesman for the plant, Piotr Ludwiczak, said about nine tons of the fuel, an oily substance...

  • Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety regulations Wednesday, an important step toward restarting the country's first reactors under the tighter rules applied after the 2011 disaster. The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a...

  • California wildfire threatens dozens more homes

    REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A stubborn wildfire in Northern California that authorities blamed on marijuana-growing activity is threatening dozens of additional homes. The Bully Fire around the rural community of Igo in Shasta County was threatening more than 68 structures, California Department of...



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