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Drought-Ridden California Faces Decision On New Water Cuts

May 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers expect to get an answer today on their offer to cut their water usage.

Finding Cause Of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 22, 2015 9:37 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company behind the spill has yet to uncover the faulty pipe.

5 Of The Most Dramatic Photos From California’s Oil Spill (So Far)

May 21, 2015 5:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The coastline was transformed after a ruptured pipeline leaked 105,000 gallons of oil.

Report: Switching Trucks To Natural Gas Could Worsen Climate Change

May 21, 2015 5:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The process of drilling and shipping natural gas produces methane, a more potent gas.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: California Oil Spill Devastates Coastline

May 21, 2015 1:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Cleanup crews have managed to remove about 7,700 gallons of the leaked crude oil.

How Does Shell’s Environmental Record Stack Up?

May 20, 2015 5:44 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Check out how the company’s rhetoric stacks up to its history in dealing with disasters.

California Concerns Grow Over Oilfield Operations Near Water

May 20, 2015 2:26 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some want to halt all oilfield injection into federally protected water aquifers.

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Thousands Of Gallons Of Crude Oil Spilled Along California Coast

May 20, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The leak sent about 21,000 gallons of crude into a culvert that leads to the Pacific.

Obama Frames Global Warming As National Security Threat

May 20, 2015 9:46 am | by Nancy Benac, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The president has pressed for action on climate change as a matter of health.

Why There’s So Much Buzz About Losing Honeybees — By The Numbers

May 19, 2015 5:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Honeybees have felt the sting of an environment working against them in recent years.

Texas Ban On Local Fracking Restrictions Signed Into Law

May 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics alleged the bill represented a power grab from local governments.

Paper Mill, U.S. At Odds Over How To Resolve Pollution Case

May 18, 2015 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge found that the mill exceeded its pollution allowances for 30 years.

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Scientists: Chemicals Used To Clean Oil Spills Poorly Understood

May 18, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Marine scientists argue that the chemicals require further study.

Rulings Require Feds To Consider Carbon Impact Of Coal Mines

May 18, 2015 10:03 am | by Colleen Slevin, Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rulings could reflect a trend of linking fossil fuel extraction to climate change.

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

May 15, 2015 5:14 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The winner is still in high school and the loser struggles with continued global recalls.  

EPA: Waste Incinerator Released Dangerous Toxins Into The Air

May 15, 2015 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The toxins might include dioxin, which can cause several dangerous health problems.

New York Releases Final Environmental Review Of Fracking

May 14, 2015 2:30 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The review is expected to lead to the nation's first ban on fracking.

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USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation In Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The study links fracking to organic compounds in drilling wastewater.

Monsanto Vows To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 13, 2015 10:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Monsanto Company this week announced a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its crop protection operations by 22 percent by 2020.

Slow Wind Might Be The Latest Thing In Sustainable Living

May 13, 2015 10:24 am | by GE Reports Staff | News | Comments

Wind turbine designers have recently developed their own tricks to beat the doldrums and build efficient wind farms for landscapes caressed with slow-moving wind.

Farmers Worry Over Reach Of EPA Water Rules

May 12, 2015 10:09 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency rules proposed last year have become a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations that affect their businesses.

U.S. Settles With New York Coke Plant For $12M Over Pollution

May 11, 2015 3:21 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals, authorities said Monday.

UN Climate Chief Says Technology Has Changed Carbon Politics

May 7, 2015 3:24 pm | by Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions failed, the U.N. climate chief said Thursday.

The Debate Over Arctic Drilling: What's At Stake?

May 7, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seattle's mayor and environmentalists have vowed to block Royal Dutch Shell PLC from parking two Arctic offshore drilling rigs on Seattle's waterfront, an effort to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change.

Drought Restrictions Take Toll On California Lawns

May 7, 2015 10:29 am | by Amy Taxin, Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the largest water providers in Southern California recently doubled a rebate program encouraging homeowners and golf course owners to rip out grass, receiving a resounding response.

Energy-Producing States Blast Obama Climate Change Plan

May 5, 2015 2:58 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys general from two energy-producing states say the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices.

How Chemical Companies Are Part Of The Solution — And Problem — For Climate Change

May 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a look at which companies have big plans to fight climate change, who still denies it, and how chemicals companies play a unique role in the debate.

Study: Cutting Carbon Dioxide Saves 3,500 U.S. Lives A Year

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Lab studies on animals show how soot and smog harm the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and epidemiological studies link tens of thousands of deaths each year to soot and smog pollution, said study co-author Joel Schwartz, a Harvard environmental epidemiologist.

House Panel Targets 'Glaring Management Failures' At EPA

May 1, 2015 10:21 am | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We've seen numerous examples of fraud, unprofessional behavior, cronyism and outright theft at the EPA," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "It is well past time for someone to be held accountable for these management failings."

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