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  • Now comes the tough part: The world`s carbon diet starts

    Now comes the tough part: The world`s carbon diet starts

    The world is about to go on a carbon diet. It won`t be easy - or cheap. Nearly 200 nations across the world on Saturday approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement to wean Earth off fossil fuels and slow global warming, patting ...

    Seth Borenstein

  • Can trading pollution like stocks help fight climate change?

    Can trading pollution like stocks help fight climate change?

    The gas produced by hog manure at farms across the U.S. punches holes in the ozone layer, overheats the planet, and angers neighbors with its peculiar odor, a mix of rotten egg and ammonia. All that`s needed to clear the air is to cover the manure ...

    Bernard Condon

  • USA water challenges are many, but so are the solutions

    USA water challenges are many, but so are the solutions

    Many of the nation`s water-supply systems need expensive improvements. And in the West and elsewhere, utilities are focused on finding enough water to meet demand. Although the problems are complex, experts generally agree on some basic solutions. ...

  • A look at some contaminants regulated in drinking water

    A look at some contaminants regulated in drinking water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates just over 90 contaminants in public drinking water systems. They include manmade chemicals as well as naturally occurring contaminants from rocks and soil. A look at some of the contaminants that ...

  • Can towns near Japan`s Fukushima nuclear plant recover?

    Can towns near Japan`s Fukushima nuclear plant recover?

    A few signs of life are returning to this rural town made desolate by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four-and-a-half years ago: Carpenters bang on houses, an occasional delivery truck drives by and a noodle shop has opened to serve employees who ...

    Mary Yamaguchi

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 175 million ...

    John Flesher

  • Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    Questions and answers about damaging oilfield wastewater

    As U.S. oil and gas production increased this past decade, so, too, did spills of salty oilfield wastewater that can foul the land, kill wildlife and threaten freshwater supplies. An Associated Press analysis of 11 states found more than 180 million ...

    John Flesher

  • Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling

    Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling

    Shell Oil drill vessels are heading to the Arctic. But they will not be permitted to drill into petroleum-bearing rock until a key piece of blowout response equipment, a capping stack, is on site. The capping stack is carried on the icebreaker ...

  • UN climate chief: Paris to set 50-year agenda

    UN climate chief: Paris to set 50-year agenda

    The December climate change conference in Paris is the last chance for a meaningful agreement that would offer hope for a planet at risk due to greenhouse gases, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said Wednesday. Figueres is deep into ...

    Elain Ganley

  • Airbus CEO talks about emissions, innovation and more

    Airbus CEO talks about emissions, innovation and more

    These are heady times for the commercial-aircraft business at Airbus and Boeing, as airlines place huge orders for new planes. Each is working on more fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy airlines that want lower fuel bills and regulators who want ...

    David Koenig

  • G7 Climate Vision requires Gargantuan Economic Shift

    G7 Climate Vision requires Gargantuan Economic Shift

    When leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy countries pledge to "decarbonize" the global economy, they`re talking about a shift so dramatic that one analyst described it as a new Apollo mission. Like putting a man on the moon, it would require ...

    Karl Ritter

  • China readies national carbon market to fight climate change

    China readies national carbon market to fight climate change

    BEIJING (AP) - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing`s financial district suggest a booming market. A closer look indicates otherwise: The scrolling list rotates the same dozen or so trades, all from last ...

    Jack Chang

  • Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy

    Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) - If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. It hasn`t worked out that way. The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March ...

    Christopher S. Rugaber

  • What`s at Stake: The debate over Arctic Drilling

    What`s at Stake: The debate over Arctic Drilling

    Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle`s waterfront before they head north - but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier ...

    Dan Joling

  • Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out

    Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out

    A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Some questions and answers about the outbreak: WHAT KIND OF FLU IS THIS, EXACTLY? H5N2 is a highly contagious virus that ...

    STEVE KARNOWSKI

  • Exxon CEO talks Arctic oil drilling, risks, lessons

    Exxon CEO talks Arctic oil drilling, risks, lessons

    The Arctic is the next great frontier for oil and gas - and one of the most environmentally fragile places on earth. An Energy Department advisory council study adopted last week said the U.S. should start exploring for oil and gas in the Arctic ...

    Jonathan Fahey

  • Things to know about the federal government`s nuke dump

    Things to know about the federal government`s nuke dump

    Valentine`s Day 2014 was coming to a close. There were fewer than a dozen workers holding down the night shift at the federal government`s nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico. An alarm sounded inside the central monitoring room less ...

    Susan Montoya Bryan

  • Who pays? Who cuts emissions? 5 issues for UN climate deal

    Who pays? Who cuts emissions? 5 issues for UN climate deal

    World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks. In Geneva this week, negotiators from more than 190 countries are working on a draft of a deal that`s supposed to be adopted in Paris in ...

    Karl Ritter

  • Oil on wild ride; How will it end?

    Oil on wild ride; How will it end?

    The price of oil is on a wild ride, and there is little agreement on where it`s headed. After falling nearly 60 percent from a peak last June, the price of oil bounced back more than 20 percent as January turned to February. Then, on Tuesday, it ...

    Jonathan Fahey

  • Answers to questions about oil waste in California aquifers

    Answers to questions about oil waste in California aquifers

    California, the country`s third-largest oil-producing state, has improperly given oil companies more than 2,500 permits to inject production fluids and oilfield waste into underground water supplies that are used for drinking water or irrigation, ...

    Ellen Knickmeyer