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U.S. EPA expected to nudge higher biofuels mandates – sources

NEW YORK – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is widely expected to increase requirements for biofuels use through 2016 due to higher total fuel demand, when it publishes a final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule in the coming days, sources said. The environmental regulator is expected to announce requirements on its plan for the program, on or by Monday, ...

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Vestas, ABB among climate-change deal winners – Barclays

LONDON – European renewable energy and engineering stocks like Vestas Wind Systems, ABB and Schneider Electric would be relative winners if global climate change talks have a successful outcome, according to Barclays. Almost 200 nations are due to meet in Paris on Monday for a summit that will seek to steer the global economy away from its ever-growing reliance on ...

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Canada to tell world it’s serious about climate change, says PM

OTTAWA – Canada will tell a green summit next week that it is finally ready to tackle climate change, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday after a meeting with the country’s provinces to work out a national strategy. Trudeau’s Liberals won an election last month promising radical change on the environment from the previous Conservative administration, which was widely ...

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Group working to make invisible air pollution from Utica Shale visible

BARNESVILLE — Peter Dronkers of Earthworks makes invisible air pollution from shale drilling visible to everyone. The viewfinder of Dronkers’ special infrared gas-recording camera shows billowing clouds or wispy leaks. What appears in the videos as wind-blown plumes of smoke are really pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye. Earthworks, a national environmental group based in Washington, D.C., quietly ...

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Canada’s Alberta making credible shift to reduce emissions – federal minister

CALGARY – Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta is making a credible shift toward a low carbon economy, Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said on Wednesday, as her government prepares for the upcoming Paris climate talks. McKenna, who was on her first domestic trip in Canada since her appointment by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Nov. 4, ...

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BLM delays sale of oil and gas leases in Utah amid protest

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal officials are delaying a sale of oil and gas leases on public land in Utah that activists had planned to protest. The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that officials are making the rare move because the large number of people interested sale means that the room where the sales are held might be too ...

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US, Cuba sign first environmental accord since thaw

HAVANA — The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles (140 kilometers), the first environmental accord since announcing plans to renew diplomatic relations. “We recognize we all share the same ocean and face the same challenges of understanding, ...

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Why many states are panicked by the federal Clean Power Plan

The four huge power plants that stand smoking in Colstrip, Montana, don’t just employ hundreds of workers. They pay property taxes that allow the city of some 2,000 people to afford services other remote, rural communities lack, such as a parks and recreation department. The electricity-generating plants consume almost all the coal mined at the Rosebud Mine, the second largest ...

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Gates Foundation cuts fossil fuel investments — but why?

Almost every day for the past several months, protesters gathered outside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Seattle headquarters, exhorting the world’s richest philanthropy to fight climate change by pulling its investments from fossil-fuel companies. As usual when it comes to questions about its portfolio, the foundation responded with silence. But tax documents posted Monday show that the foundation has ...

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Coal not going away anytime soon despite renewables push

BEIJING — Coal: Can’t live with it and can’t live without it — at least not yet. It is the biggest source of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that negotiators around the world hope to limit in an agreement to be thrashed out in Paris next month. Demand for coal is leveling off, but it will remain a key energy source for ...

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