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Ukraine: Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims' bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families.

In an emotional inspection hours earlier, Dutch experts had called for a full forensic sweep of the Flight 17 crash site and told the armed separatists controlling the area that the train must be allowed to leave as soon as possible.

Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast

CAIRO (AP) — President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Middle East with low expectations but still making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

Voicing fresh concern about civilian casualties, Obama reaffirmed his belief that Israel has the right to defend itself against rockets being launched by Hamas into Israel. Yet he contended that Israel's military action in Gaza had already done "significant damage" to the Hamas terrorist infrastructure and said he doesn't want to see more civilians getting killed.

Mexico’s Senate OKs measure creating legal framework for Pemex, CFE

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Yucatan Times

The Mexican Senate, voting 89-27, has approved a measure creating a legal framework that restructures the country’s power company CFE and oil company Pemex, part of the move toward reforming its energy sector, the Yucatan Times reports.

Energy revolution to help end capitalism, says author Rifkin

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E&E

In “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” author Jeremy Rifkin writes that the revolution that has upended traditional models in the energy industry -– most evident in Germany at the moment –- will contribute to the end of capitalism as a whole. He explains his concept to E&E in an interview.

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Climate change impacts its hockey players, says NHL

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The Hill

The NHL, releasing its 2014 sustainability report in partnership with NRDC –- which found that one hockey game emits 408 metric tons of carbon dioxide -- is vowing to work with its clubs to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their energy efficiency, The Hill reports.

US working on case against Russia on downed plane

WASHINGTON (AP) — Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

"A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds Russian-supported rebels in eastern Ukraine responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with the Kremlin complicit in the deaths of nearly 300 passengers and crew members.

Kerry returns to Mideast to push for cease-fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend.

Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.

New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru's own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate talks this year.

The law, aimed at increasing investment, strips Peru's six-year-old environment ministry of jurisdiction over air, soil and water quality standards, as well as its ability to set limits for harmful substances. It also eliminates the ministry's power to establish nature reserves exempt from mining and oil-drilling.

Whirlpool seeks end to Energy Star class action suits

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The New York Times

Whirlpool is threatening to pull out of Energy Star unless Congress moves to ban class action lawsuits stemming from the Environmental Protection Agency’s program, a process already begun with legislation introduced by Rep. Robert Latta, R-Ohio, The New York Times reports.

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