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Ohio has big stake in energy debate

Ohio Statehouse

For two weeks in Paris, negotiators from more than 190 countries worked toward the historic agreement announced Saturday on commitments to lower greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet and causing climate changes around the globe. In few places in the U.S. is this debate more relevant than in Ohio, which ranks fifth nationally in carbon dioxide emissions ...

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World climate accord hailed as turning point from fossil fuels

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C), President-designate of COP21, and Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres (L), attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented a landmark global climate accord on Saturday, a “historic” measure for transforming the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turning the tide on global warming. At the tail end of the hottest year on record and after four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against ...

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Sleepless, tense climate negotiators haggle over Paris deal

Oxfam activists wear masks of from left, U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Francois Hollande, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as they stage a protest during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

LE BOURGET, France — Sleep-deprived and increasingly tense, diplomats and climate negotiators outside Paris struggled Thursday to narrow down a 29-page draft of an unprecedented deal to tackle climate change— but countries remained at odds on critical issues a day before the organizers’ deadline for an agreement. Small island nations demanded firmer rich country promises to help cope with future ...

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Ambition of Paris climate talks rises by half a degree

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (5thL) and Al Gore (6thL), former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Project Chairman, pose with representative of NGO's, during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS – It would have been unthinkable just a few months ago, but a new global deal to combat climate change may set the world a much more ambitious target than expected, even if achieving that goal is far out of reach for now. With the unexpected support of the United States and Europe, the agreement, due to be completed ...

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G20 sets up task force to get firms to disclose climate risks

Bank of England governor Mark Carney speaks during a news conference at the Bank of England in London, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON – A global task force is to encourage businesses to make voluntary disclosures to help investors compare the risks that they face from climate change, Financial Stability Board Chairman Mark Carney said on Friday. The FSB drafts global financial regulation for the Group of 20 economies (G20), whose summit in Turkey last month asked the board to look at ...

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UN officials warn of climate disaster if Paris pact fails

Representatives of Native American tribes pose for a picture duirng an event for media to draw attention on the indigenous lifestyle, in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Negotiators adopted a draft climate agreement Saturday that was cluttered with brackets and competing options, leaving ministers with the job of untangling key sticking points in what is envisioned to become a lasting, universal pact to fight global warming. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

LE BOURGET, France — Talks on a universal climate pact shifted to a higher gear Monday with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging governments to set off an “energy revolution” to rein in heat-trapping carbon emissions and avert disastrous global warming. Foreign and environment ministers joined the talks outside Paris after lower-level negotiators who met last week delivered a draft agreement ...

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EDITORIAL: Some good, local ideas for ‘cap & trade’ to fight global pollution

Oil and gas refinery operates amidst a global shift away from fossil fuels in an effort to fight climate change and global warming

The U.S. can no longer continue its political complacency over climate change and the impact it will have worldwide. We say “political” complacency as the majority of Americans support the U.S. joining an international pact to reduce greenhouse emissions — two-thirds of them, in fact, according to a New York Times/CBS poll released last week, which coincided with President Barack ...

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Editorial: Bill Gates deserves praise for his green energy revolution

Bill Gates is positioned to remake the energy landscape, corralling 28 billionaire investors to advance clean-energy research.

Bill Gates is positioned to remake the energy landscape, corralling 28 billionaire investors to advance clean-energy research. In his announcement, Gates distilled the wonky jargon of the Paris climate conference into something tangible: money for new clean-energy technology. Gates’ project has teeth. And once the diplomatic chatter at the conference begins to quiet, it may end up as the last, ...

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Editorial: Work to keep renewable fuel standards high

An ethanol production plant in South Dakota.

Kudos to the Environmental Protection Agency and Obama administration for increasing preliminary Renewable Fuel Standards, but the new standard still misses the mark. Renewable Fuel Standards — how much biofuel will be produced and blended with traditional gasoline — were initially set by Congress in 2005 and expanded and updated as part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. ...

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Utility steps up efforts to plug massive California methane leak

LOS ANGELES – The head of Southern California Gas Co said it would take at least three more months to plug a massive underground leak of natural gas that has been seeping into the air since mid-October and now accounts for a quarter of the state’s entire methane emissions. The utility’s president and chief executive officer, Dennis Arriola, also said ...

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