The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers alleging that the agency has failed to disclose records from its review of the Keystone XL pipeline related to the project's path, Bloomberg reports.
Large banks, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, face increased pressure from climate-minded investors to disclose their lending to fossil fuel companies and to develop climate-risk strategies, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service announced another $14 million for water management improvements in the state, a day after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack committed $20 million.
The aid was announced as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill supported by House Speaker John Boehner and Central Valley Republicans that would temporarily halt restoration of the San Joaquin River and allow farmers to pump delta water more freely.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress pressed the U.S. agriculture secretary Wednesday to expedite a provision in the new farm bill that helps ranchers in the Dakotas and Nebraska recover from an October blizzard.
The nearly $100 billion-a-year federal farm bill, which awaits President Barack Obama's signature, restarts a livestock disaster program that had expired. Members of the South Dakota and North Dakota delegations were among those urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to make sure there are no delays getting the relief money to ranchers.
Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and other lawmakers signed a letter Wednesday asking Vilsack to move quickly to provide relief to ranchers and farmers who suffered heavy losses. The total amount of the aid was not clear and would depend on total losses for producers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of American celebrities and other activists want President Barack Obama to refuse to sign an international trade agreement until Japan bans the capture and slaughter of dolphins in the fishing town of Taiji.
Backing the effort are Oscar-winning performers Sean Penn, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron as well as TV stars Ellen DeGeneres and William Shatner, and many others.
The Oscar-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove" chronicled the dolphin roundup in Taiji and helped spark protests over the annual hunt and ensuing slaughter. Japanese law allows a hunting season for dolphins, and fishermen defend it as a tradition.
WILLITS, Calif. (AP) — In this small logging town in Northern California's redwood country, small blue signs urging water conservation are almost everywhere you look.
Just south of Willits, in one of the state's most verdant corners, crows and other birds peck at dry ground that should be covered in water at the city's Centennial Reservoir, which is less than a third full. The creek that feeds it has slowed to a trickle.
"It's common at this time of year for the water to be going over the cement wall right here. In fact, we'd be standing in water," said Bruce Burton, a Willits city councilman, gesturing toward the small cement dam in the creek. "In the 20 years I've been in local government, we've never experienced this kind of condition."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday, warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities.
Unveiling a new effort to coordinate the government's response, Vilsack said extreme weather events have already taken the U.S. by surprise, putting ranchers and others out of business. He pointed to the intensity and frequency of recent storms, long droughts, snowstorms and subzero weather as evidence that climate change is no longer hypothetical or in the future.
"The combination of all those factors convinces me that the climate is changing, and it's going to have its impact, and will have its impact, and is having its impact on agriculture and forestry," Vilsack said.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world's pollution poster child.
On bad days in India's congested capital, the air is so murky it slows traffic to a crawl. Conversations are punctuated with rasping coughs. Weak bands of sunlight filter through a grainy sky.
Air monitoring sensors around the landlocked Indian capital have routinely registered levels of small airborne particles at "hazardous" levels in recent months — three to four times New Delhi's own sanctioned limit, rivaling Beijing.
The White House threatened to veto a bill backed by Republicans that would slash restrictions on pumping water from California's San Joaquin-Sacramento River delta in response to a severe drought in the state, Reuters reports.
TransCanada has filed an application running more than 30,000 pages with the country’s National Energy Board, seeking approval of the Energy East pipeline which would carry Alberta oil sands crude east, a process likely to take some 18 months, The Canadian Press reports.
A poll conducted for news organizations in South Dakota found that voters in the state –- which is in the process of renewing an expired permit for it -- overwhelmingly back the Keystone XL pipeline, although the issue does not appear on the November ballot, Gannett’s Argus Leader reports.
A Hart research poll commissioned by three environmental groups finds that 54 percent of voters surveyed in five swing states would be more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate who wants to take action against climate change, and 68 percent back one looking to expand renewable energy, The Hill reports.
Delta Airlines subsidiary Monroe Energy has written to the Surface Transportation Board -- in a letter posted online Wednesday -- complaining that delays to crude-by-rail deliveries are severely disrupting its operations, E&E reports.
Wednesday’s Federal Reserve decision to finish its asset-purchase program pumped up the dollar Thursday, which sent oil prices down. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell $1.08 to finish trading on the Nymex at $81.12 a barrel, while in London Brent lost 1 percent, or 88 cents to settle at $86.24, Bloomberg reports.
U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino has rejected a request from the Tokyo Electric Power Company to throw out a class action lawsuit filed against it by U.S. Navy sailors exposed to radiation after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, Bloomberg reports.
Net income in the third quarter for midstream operator Enterprise Products Partners was 18 percent higher, at $699 million, compared to the year-ago period, on bigger fees and a larger volume of crude flowing through its pipelines, FuelFix reports.
In a consent decree filed in District Court in Texas, Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million for violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling 2,200 barrels of crude into a wetland four years ago, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, UPI reports.
James Famiglietti, a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has written a commentary published in the journal Nature Climate Change, backed by new satellite data, which warns that groundwater supplies in the world’s most arid places are continuing to dry up, E&E reports.