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Coast Guard: Unknown amount of crude in Louisiana bayou

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says an unknown amount of crude oil has spilled into a bayou in southern Louisiana. The Coast Guard said in a statement Monday night it received a report around 8 p.m. that a tanker on Bayou Teche near Morgan City was being filled with crude oil when the spill began. The statement ...

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Arctic sea ice reaches new record low mark for wintertime

This image provided by NASA shows Arctic sea ice at it maximum, the lowest on record. The winter maximum level of Arctic sea ice shrank to the smallest on record, thanks to extraordinarily warm temperatures, federal scientists said. The National Snow and Ice Data Center says sea ice spread to a maximum of 5.607 million square miles in 2016. That’s 5,000 square miles less than the old record set in 2015, a difference slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut. NASA via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The growth of Arctic sea ice this winter peaked at the lowest maximum level on record, thanks to extraordinarily warm temperatures, federal scientists said Monday. The National Snow and Ice Data Center says ice covered a maximum of 5.607 million square miles of the Arctic Ocean in 2016. That’s 5,000 square miles less than the old record ...

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Rising GOP star in West Virginia fight for coal against EPA

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is shown Thursday, March 3, 2016, outside the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Morrisey's coal-dependent state is helping lead a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's new clean-power rules. In February the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the rules until legal challenges are resolved. (AP Photo/John Raby)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patrick Morrisey, the West Virginia attorney general taking on President Obama’s clean power plan, is no stranger to the hot seat: He parlayed a love of tennis as a young adult into becoming a line judge at the U.S. Open and other tournaments, regularly standing up to second-guessing by irate players and fans. Fast forward to ...

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Court dismisses complaint over power plant on Navajo Nation

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A complaint that sought to overturn the final rule for haze-causing nitrogen oxide emissions at an Arizona power plant has been dismissed. Environmentalists on the Navajo Nation had alleged in the October 2015 lawsuit that a federal advisory group met in secret to craft a pollution control plan for the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station. The environmentalists ...

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Cuomo: 112,000 energy efficiency projects done since 2012

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York state have completed or begun energy efficiency projects through state programs intended to encourage clean energy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the total on Wednesday. It includes 90,000 homes and 22,000 apartment buildings, hospitals, schools and commercial sites. All told, the projects will save consumers $341 ...

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Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.N.-backed report says global investments in solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy reached a record $286 billion last year. For the first time the developing world accounted for the majority. The United Nations Environment Program on Thursday said renewable investments in developing countries jumped 19 percent to $156 billion in 2015, with $103 billion ...

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Groups want freeze on oil waste dumping into water reserves

Groups want freeze on oil waste dumping into water reserves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental groups sought a freeze Wednesday on permits to dump oil field waste into the country’s underground water reserves, alleging that lax federal oversight was threatening potential drinking water supplies. Groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Clean Water Action formally petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the moratorium. The agency would review the ...

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Australian prime minister announces greener policies

Australian prime minister announces greener policies

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Wednesday distanced himself from the man he replaced by announcing a new fund to promote clean energy innovation as the country heads toward a likely early election in July. The announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the 1 billion Australian dollar ($760 million) Clean Energy Innovation Fund comes after his predecessor ...

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Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West’s changing climate

Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West's changing climate

DENVER (AP) — Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing the snowmelt flowing into reservoirs in the summer when farmers need it to irrigate, the U.S. Bureau ...

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