BP agrees to 'game changer' $18.7B settlement with states
The $18.7 billion settlement agreement announced this morning for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill promises to set off an unprecedented effort to repair the Gulf of Mexico's marshes, fisheries and deep sea corals, but it will be, at best, only a first step toward restoring the long-ailing ecosystem, the region's environmentalists say.
New FWS polar bear plan calls for cutting greenhouse gases
The Fish and Wildlife Service today said it will start a public comment period next week on its draft plan for averting the extinction of polar bears.
Clean Line transmission project in limbo after Mo. rejection
A developer's plan to construct a wind energy superhighway across the Midwest hit a roadblock yesterday when Missouri regulators denied the company's application.
Politics deflate Israel's global gas hopes
HAIFA, Israel -- Moty Kuperberg wishes the warm, azure Eastern Mediterranean could be more like the North Sea. The shipping executive doesn't favor cold water, although a map of Antarctica hangs in his office in Haifa. Instead, Kuperberg aims to mimic the way the North Sea's petroleum industry boosted the economies of coastal cities such as Stavanger, Norway, once offshore drilling took root.
Why coal stocks didn't get much help from the Supreme Court's mercury ruling
Coal stocks surged this week after the Supreme Court found problems with U.S. EPA's regulations to curb coal plant mercury emissions, but investment experts say most coal plants and electric utilities will see no major benefit from the ruling.
Clinton's emails reveal optimism about climate talks, concerns about media
"Onward!" That's the cheery subject line on the email then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent to U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern just days after the Copenhagen, Denmark, climate change summit in 2009. That private email and a handful of others discussing the U.N. climate change negotiations were made public by the State Department this week under a court order. The missives, covering the period from March to December 2009, are hardly explosive, but they do offer a window into the sensitivity of Clinton, Stern and others in the State Department to press coverage and underscore the seriousness with which the administration appears to have treated the climate negotiations as crunch time in Copenhagen neared.