SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California bill that would have required manufacturers to figure out how to keep the most common plastic junk out of state waterways died in the state Assembly without a vote Friday.
Top water decision-makers from seven Western states plan to join conservation groups and Indian tribes in San Diego on Tuesday to begin hammering out rules for squeezing every useable drop from the overtaxed Colorado River.
The government is watching money stampede away, with little idea what to do about it.
The cost of an Interior Department program to care for America's wild horses has doubled in the past four years: from $40 million in 2009 to $80 million in 2013. And until a long-term solution can be found, the spending is only going to increase.
The Ocean Conservancy, a Washington DC-based environmental organization, released its 2012 list of trash collected during its International Coastal Cleanup. More than 10 million pounds of debris was collected, with nearly 1.5 million pounds in California alone. The top items found during the cleanup:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is providing more Hurricane Sandy disaster relief to New York, increasing the share of public assistance that the government will pay from 75 percent to 90 percent of the cost.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank officially took on a new set of guidelines to limit financing for coal-fired power plants in foreign nations, with exceptions for plants with carbon-capture systems and those built in poor countries without alternatives, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Energy Institute criticized the exclusion of nuclear energy from President Obama's recent executive action ordering the federal government to purchase more power from low-carbon sources, saying the move represents a "missed leadership opportunity," Platts reports.
A national poll conducted by Bloomberg reported 56 percent of respondents view the Keystone XL pipeline as positive for U.S. energy security compared with 35 percent who view it as a source of potential environmental damage.
A poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute reports that 80 percent of respondents support the expansion of new energy infrastructure, and 70 percent support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, FuelFix reports.
Speaking at a summit on energy and infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said his department is at the forefront of the administration's climate action plan, developing plans for disaster recovery and climate-resilient infrastructure, National Journal reports.
Pakistan's Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbas said Iran has withdrawn its $500 million financing offer for a Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline project, but Iran is prepared to supply the line once it's completed, Platts reports.