KOTZEBUE, Alaska (AP) — In temperatures slightly higher than Washington, D.C.'s, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell got a firsthand look Monday at the effect of climate change on an Alaska coastal community.
Jewell visited Kivalina, a village of 370 on a barrier island just off Alaska's northwest coast, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government says its Washington-area offices will be closed Tuesday due to a winter storm moving into the Mid-Atlantic states.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management says nonemergency personnel in and around Washington are granted excused absences for the day. Emergency employees and telework-ready employees are expected to follow their agencies' policies.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — It's official. A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe was to make the announcement Tuesday afternoon at a wildlife refuge outside Corvallis.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Five conservation groups that contend federal officials in Idaho are violating environmental laws by killing wolves, coyotes and other wildlife to protect livestock and crops have filed a federal lawsuit.
The Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project and four other groups filed the 40-page lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court against the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates.
This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has again introduced legislation to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to oil and gas drilling, but this year she's in no mood to give the federal government more revenue than allowed under the Alaska Statehood Act.
Her latest bill to authorize drilling on the plain, made public on Friday, makes no mention of the 50-50 royalty proceeds split between the state and the federal government she proposed in an ANWR drilling measure last year.
Instead, Washington would get just 10 percent, as provided in the statehood law, a jab at the Obama administration over its recent proposal to put more than 12 million ANWR acres permanently off limits to development.
SYDNEY (AP) — Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on New Zealand's South Island on Friday, and hordes of rescuers rushed to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea.
Two dozen of the 198 whales had already died despite efforts to save the creatures, which were found stranded on Farewell Spit, a famous spot for whale beachings, Department of Conservation area manager Andrew Lamason said.
Democratic leaders in Appalachian states—Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in West Virginia and Gov. Steve Beshear in Kentucky—are facing increasing pressure at home to refuse cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, E&E reports.
Opponents of the Obama administration plan to limit power plant carbon emissions started meeting a year and a half ago at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarter to plot strategy to fight it, The New York Times reports.
The $1.3 trillion lost by investors in energy stocks since oil prices started to slide in June 2014 amounts to more than Mexico’s GDP, and hit pension funds as well as billionaires such as Carl Icahn, Bloomberg reports.
A rebound in China’s faltering stock market helped stabilize oil prices Tuesday, although traders told Reuters as a result of the continuing supply glut any recovery would only be temporary. U.S. benchmark crude rose 57 cents to settle at $45.74 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent nearly hit the $50 mark, gaining 47 cents to $49.99.
Strong performance by its California utilities and “growth opportunities” overseas helped Sempra Energy to a profit of $296 million in the second quarter, an increase of almost 10 percent, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Republican presidential hopefuls should be starting to lay out their “clear vision” of how they’d handle energy issues in the White House, said American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard, FuelFix reports.
Following disappointing results in July, Mexico has made adjustments to the terms of its offshore lease auction set for September, changing the required financial guarantees and also allowing companies to bid individually for some fields and as part of a group for others, The Wall Street Journal reports.
New efficiency standards being promoted by the Department of Energy would require that rechargeable batteries for devices such as cellphones, laptops and tablets hold their charge longer, cutting energy use by 11 percent, The Hill reports.