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  • More quakes rattle Oklahoma but state avoids tough measures

    More quakes rattle Oklahoma but state avoids tough measures

    In Oklahoma, now the country`s earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they`re feeling on firmer ground though no ...

  • Utility understated levels of cancer-causing chemical

    Utility understated levels of cancer-causing chemical

    The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes acknowledged that it understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked during the crisis. ...

  • APNewsBreak: New Mexico to sue EPA over mine spill

    APNewsBreak: New Mexico to sue EPA over mine spill

    New Mexico plans to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states, officials said Thursday. The New Mexico Environment Department ...

  • Regulators order reduced injection well volumes after quakes

    Regulators order reduced injection well volumes after quakes

    Operators of 27 oil and natural gas wastewater disposal wells in northwest Oklahoma must reduce volume due to the swarm of moderate earthquakes in the past week, state regulators said Wednesday. The implementation of the Oklahoma Corporation ...

  • House approves bill to block stream-protection rule for coal

    House approves bill to block stream-protection rule for coal

    The Republican-controlled House approved a bill Tuesday blocking new Obama administration regulations designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation`s streams. The White House has vowed to veto the bill, saying the ...

  • Powerful replacement in works for climate-modeling computer

    Powerful replacement in works for climate-modeling computer

    One of the most powerful computers in the world dedicated to climate change, weather and other earth science research will be replaced in 2017 by an even faster machine, officials announced Monday. The Yellowstone supercomputer in Wyoming currently ...

  • US coal production falls to lowest level in nearly 30 years

    US coal production falls to lowest level in nearly 30 years

    U.S. coal production has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 30 years as cheaper sources of power and stricter environmental regulations reduce demand, according to preliminary government figures. A report released Friday by the U.S. Energy ...

  • Wild December pushes US weather in 2015 to near records

    Wild December pushes US weather in 2015 to near records

    U.S. weather officials say December`s wild El Nino pushed 2015 to near-record levels for heat, moisture and downright extreme conditions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last year was the second warmest ...

  • Malaysia to ban bauxite mining in Pahang for 3 months

    Malaysia to ban bauxite mining in Pahang for 3 months

    Malaysia`s government said Wednesday it will ban the mining of bauxite in central Pahang state for three months from Jan. 15 to regulate the industry after its unfettered growth last year caused sea and air pollution. Bauxite mining began ...

  • Beijing says pollution lessened in 2015 despite smog alerts

    Beijing says pollution lessened in 2015 despite smog alerts

    Environmental authorities in Beijing say the Chinese capital`s air quality in 2015 was better than the year before despite the city`s first two red alerts for pollution late in the year. China has been setting national and local targets to reduce ...

  • Floodwaters draw warnings anew about wastewater, pollutants

    Floodwaters draw warnings anew about wastewater, pollutants

    Veronica Tate knew from the stench that sewage was among the 8 feet of water that swamped the basement of her ranch-style home after the nearby Meramec River overflowed. The larger concern for residents of her suburban St. Louis neighborhood is the ...

  • US sues VW over emissions-cheating software in diesel cars

    US sues VW over emissions-cheating software in diesel cars

    The Justice Department sued Volkswagen on Monday over emissions-cheating software found in nearly 600,000 vehicles sold in the United States, potentially exposing the company to billions of dollars in penalties for clean air violations. The civil ...

  • Huge natural gas leak in Los Angeles still months from fix

    Huge natural gas leak in Los Angeles still months from fix

    The escape of tons of natural gas from storage under a Los Angeles neighborhood is not likely to be fixed for at least another two months because of the specific dynamics of the leak, according to officials. The leak at Porter Ranch, already ...

  • EPA will speed up review of GE`s Hudson River cleanup

    EPA will speed up review of GE`s Hudson River cleanup

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to speed up its study of whether General Electric`s massive $2 billion six-year dredging project on the Hudson River was effective in cleaning up PCB contamination. In a Dec. 18 letter to groups ...

  • Beijing issues 2nd smog red alert of the month

    Beijing issues 2nd smog red alert of the month

    China`s capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close. A wave of smog is due to settle over the city of 22.5 million ...

  • India issues rules on vehicles to curb pollution in capital

    India issues rules on vehicles to curb pollution in capital

    India`s top court issued several orders Wednesday to fight record pollution in New Delhi, including a temporary ban on the sale of large diesel vehicles and a stiff hike on the toll for trucks entering the capital. The Supreme Court also ...

  • UK Parliament backs fracking below national parks

    UK Parliament backs fracking below national parks

    The British Parliament has approved proposals that would allow fracking for shale gas below national parks, world heritage sites and other designated areas of natural beauty. The measure, which is opposed by environmental groups, was endorsed ...

  • Nearly 200 nations pledge to slow Global Warming

    Nearly 200 nations pledge to slow Global Warming

    Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don`t. The "Paris agreement" aims ...

  • Fear at the tap: Uranium contaminates water in the West

    Fear at the tap: Uranium contaminates water in the West

    In a trailer park tucked among irrigated orchards that help make California`s San Joaquin Valley the richest farm region in the world, 16-year-old Giselle Alvarez, one of the few English-speakers in the community of farmworkers, puzzles over the ...

  • Beijing issues 1st smog red alert, urging schools to close

    Beijing issues 1st smog red alert, urging schools to close

    Beijing issued its first-ever red alert for smog on Monday, urging schools to close and invoking restrictions on factories and traffic that will keep half of the city`s vehicles off the roads. The red alert - the most serious warning on a ...