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  • Inaction could raise climate costs 40 percent, White House says

    Waiting to address climate change would be more costly than acting now, the White House said in a new report.

  • Annoying minor floods are increasing on US coasts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Along much of America's coasts, the type of flooding that is more annoying than dangerous has jumped more than fivefold in the last 50 years, the federal government reported Monday. Scientists blame rising seas, saying this is one of the ways global warming is changing...

  • Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental...

  • Duke agrees to $1.2B deal with ElectriCities

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Progress has agreed to purchase the generating capacity of ElectriCities in a $1.2 billion deal expected to translate into lower power bills for thousands of eastern North Carolina residents. Duke announced its deal Monday with the North Carolina Eastern...

  • EPA chief: Power-plant proposal 'changing the tone' of global climate talks

    The Obama administration's proposed greenhouse gas emissions rule for existing power plants is "changing the tone" of the international dialogue on climate change, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday.

  • Britain reopens way for fracking

    LONDON (AP) — Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses Monday to explore for shale gas in Britain, three years after the controversial fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations. Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock said shale gas has the...

  • US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution

    LUENEN, Germany (AP) — One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world. Now the coal comes the other way. The 750-megawatt Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Luenen GmbH & Co. power plant...

  • Oil company sues Utah county over pipeline rules

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Texas oil company is suing a Utah county over its new ordinances imposing restrictions on underground pipelines. Tesoro Corp. based in San Antonio wants to build a 135-mile pipeline to carry crude oil from the Uinta Basin to Salt Lake City refineries. But the company,...

  • Study: Blue whales at risk of hitting ships

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A satellite study of blue-whale movements shows the endangered creatures cluster for long periods in busy shipping lanes off the California coast, putting them at risk for collisions with large vessels. The study, originally published in the science journal Plos One,...

  • Aggressive weed brings woe to Texas cotton growers

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A fast-spreading weed is causing problems in Texas cotton fields and could cost growers much of their harvest if left unchecked. Pigweed, which can grow as tall as 10 feet and overtake crops, is spreading aggressively in the High Plains this year after becoming resistant...

  • Dozens of oil trains pass through Minnesota weekly

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Railroad documents released by the state Department of Public Safety show about 50 trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota are passing through Minnesota each week, most traveling along the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway line between Moorhead and the Twin Cities. The...

  • Incubator farms nurture agriculture entrepreneurs

    ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Dozens of incubator farms are springing up around the country to nurture the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs. The goal is to help farmers get started by using the incubator model that has been successful in launching new businesses. Farmers get a quarter-acre...

  • Panhandle cleaning up weathered oil from BP spill

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle officials are cleaning up over 1,700 pounds of weathered oil from the 2010 BP oil spill. The large submerged mat of oil mixed with sand, shells and water just off the Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Pickens beach is being removed by a cleanup crew...

  • Oil rises just above $102 a barrel

    The price of oil traded around $102 a barrel on Friday, nearly unchanged, as worries over supplies and geopolitical tensions eased. Oil prices had slipped Thursday after spiking earlier in the week on lower U.S. inventories and tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East. Benchmark U.S. crude for...

  • EPA must do more to control methane leaks, says inspector general

    The Environmental Protection Agency isn't doing enough to prevent methane leaks from natural gas pipelines that deliver energy to customers, according to a report from its internal watchdog.



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