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Tenn. Officials Steer Clear Of Zero-Emissions Plan

October 28, 2013 2:29 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors from eight other states representing 23 percent of the U.S. auto market pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roadways by 2025.                 

Entrepreneur Makes Money From China Smog

October 23, 2013 12:10 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Pollution causing school and airport closures in Harbin, China hurts many, but helps one entrepreneur trying to capitalize on the smog.

Second Tritium Leak Reported At S.C. Nuke Plant

October 23, 2013 11:54 am | by AP | News | Comments

The spill hasn't made nearby drinking water unsafe, according to federal regulators.                                                

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Super Smog Hits North China City

October 21, 2013 2:51 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.        

Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

UN Sees Mercury Use Phase-Out Within 3 Decades

October 17, 2013 1:47 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The head of the U.N. environment agency says a new global treaty could eliminate harmful emissions of mercury from the planet within three decades.                 

GM To Sell Impala Powered By Natural Gas, Gasoline

October 17, 2013 1:44 pm | by AP | News | Comments

General Motors says it will start selling a Chevrolet Impala sedan next summer that runs on both natural gas and gasoline.                             

Work To Begin On New Power Plant In LA

October 16, 2013 1:53 pm | by AP | News | Comments

The $104 million plant will be owned by the Louisiana Energy Power Authority, which already contracts locally to provide some power generation.                  

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Germany Dodges Tougher EU Car Emission Limits

October 14, 2013 2:22 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Germany has managed to delay tougher European Union car emission rules amid fears they could harm its automotive industry.                      

Kauai To Build State's Largest Solar Project

October 10, 2013 1:37 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Solar panels will be installed on 67 acres near the old Koloa Mill that the cooperative is leasing from Grove Farm. Inc. The utility has hired SolarCity to build the system. Construction is expected to be finished next year.        

Largest Coal-Fired Plant In NE To Close By 2017

October 8, 2013 2:29 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Owners of the coal-fired Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the region's electricity grid when it is retired as of May 2017.        

Obama Climate Adviser Stepping Down

October 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Heather Zichal has been advising Obama for five years and is the architect of his climate change plan. She also advises Obama on energy issues. Zichal plans to leave the White House within a few weeks. The White House hasn't announced who will replace her.

UK Charges 6 With Multimillion Dollar Carbon Fraud

October 2, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British prosecutors say six men have been charged over a massive pollution credit fraud scheme that cost the British government millions of dollars. The Crown Prosecution Service says the men created a string of dummy companies that traded in carbon credits, typically certificates which give polluters the right to emit a set amount of carbon dioxide in return for money paid to companies that fight climate change.

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Hattiesburg, MS Sues Hercules Over Pollution

October 1, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The City of Hattiesburg is suing Hercules Inc. and parent company Ashland Inc., claiming groundwater contamination from a closed factory may leach into the city's water supply. The city filed suit Thursday in federal court in Hattiesburg.   

Nation's Largest Wind Farm Proposed For TX

September 25, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dallas-based wind-power developer has proposed an array of as many as 650 wind turbines for 190 square miles of the Texas South Plains. Tri Global Energy LLC announced plans for Hale Community Energy on Tuesday. The vast wind farm would extend from Abernathy over much of eastern Hale County on land Tri Global says is controlled by more than 340 owners and has more than 450 shareholders.

Japan Automakers Launch Low-Cost Green Cars

September 20, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars.

Court Upholds CA's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 19, 2013 2:06 pm | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected arguments from fuel makers that California's "Low Carbon Fuel Standard" discriminated against out-of-state producers.

Driverless Shuttles Seen As Public Transport Alternative

September 19, 2013 1:52 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

A collaboration between French company Induct and a Singapore university aims to replace conventional shuttle buses with a driverless, electric alternative. The team are currently testing the vehicle on a two kilometer test route virtually devoid of other traffic, but hope eventually to increase its range.

Energy Department To Sell Fisker Loan

September 18, 2013 10:00 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Energy Department says it is selling a $192 million loan made to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. The sale, to be held next month, is the latest setback for a half-billion-dollar loan guarantee offered to the California car maker in 2009 as part of the Obama administration's program to promote green energy.

AFL-CIO Pushes For Waiver For IL Plants

September 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

Study: Methane Leaks From Gas Drilling Not Huge

September 17, 2013 9:59 am | by Kevin Begos, Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drilling and fracking for natural gas do not seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says. The findings bolster a big selling point for natural gas, that it's not as bad for global warming as coal. And they undercut a major environmental argument against fracking, a process that breaks apart deep rock to recover more gas.

Post To Pay $2M For Violations At CA Cereal Plant

September 16, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Central California cereal plant will have to spend more than $2 million for violating federal air quality rules. The Environmental Protection Agency says Friday that Post Holdings Inc. and Ralcorp Holdings Inc. will pay a $635,000 penalty for failing to install air pollution controls at its cereal plant in Modesto.

Photo Of The Day: Electric Dreams At Auto Show

September 11, 2013 10:05 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Judging by the slew of electric and hybrid vehicles being rolled out at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it might seem carmakers are tapping a large and eager market. But in fact almost no one buys such cars — yet.

GA Governor Touts Energy Efforts, Links To Jobs

September 10, 2013 10:15 am | by Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal touted the state's efforts to lure manufacturing firms with its energy policy on Monday, saying a recent energy sales tax exemption has brought jobs to Georgia and that a stable supply in the state could bring more. Last year, state lawmakers approved a plan that eliminated the energy sales tax on manufacturing plants.

Study: New Gas Development Boom Unlikely In MI

September 6, 2013 2:19 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Michigan may have large natural gas reserves deep underground, but it will likely be years before they would be developed on a large scale, giving policymakers time to deal with the environmental and public health concerns associated with the extraction method known as fracking, according to a study released Thursday.

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