Fishermen worry as black sea bass stake New England claim

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region's most valuable aquatic species: the lobster.

The influx of sea bass — among a number of species that are appearing in greater numbers off of Maine and New Hampshire as ocean temperatures climb — has some fishermen and lobstermen saying the best solution is to ease restrictions on catching the newcomers.

CEO in deadliest US mine accident in 4 decades facing trial

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship hits the courtroom for a criminal trial Thursday, facing charges that he conspired to break safety laws and lied to financial regulators about safety practices at the site of the deadliest U.S. mine explosion in more than four decades.

If he's convicted, it would be a rare instance where a CEO faces prison time.

Brazil pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Brazil on Sunday became the first major developing country to pledge an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for an envisioned global pact against climate change.

The world's seventh biggest greenhouse gas polluter said it would cut its emissions by 37 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels by reducing deforestation and boosting the share of renewable sources in its energy mix. It also indicated an "intended reduction" of 43 percent by 2030.

Appeals court to hear Utah endangered species suit

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A court battle over a Utah prairie dog ruling that activists say could undermine the Endangered Species Act is set to come before a federal appeals court in Denver on Monday.

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers want a federal appeals court to overturn the decision striking down protections for prairie dogs found primarily in and around the southern Utah town of Cedar City.

Russia, Ukraine reach deal on winter gas supplies

BRUSSELS (AP) — Russia and Ukraine ended months of uncertainty and finally reached agreement Friday on supplies of natural gas to Ukraine for the coming winter, a high-ranking European Union official announced.

Maros Sefcovic, the EU Commission vice president for energy union, said the deal in talks he brokered assured that Ukraine would receive Russian gas for six months ending in March 2016.

Amid VW scandal, polluted Paris asks if time to dump diesel

PARIS (AP) — Guidebooks rarely mention it, but Paris is one of the most polluted cities in the rich world. The Eiffel Tower is periodically shrouded in smog, and there's one key culprit: France's disproportionately heavy reliance on diesel fuel.

Critics are increasingly questioning the need for diesel vehicles, especially after last week's discovery that Volkswagen tricked drivers worldwide into thinking their diesel engines were much cleaner than they really are.


Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work.

The announcement was a huge blow to Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive future revenue. Environmentalists, however, had tried repeatedly to block the project and welcomed the news.

Volkswagen faces major legal trouble in emissions scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who knew about the deception, when did they know it and who directed it?

Those are among questions that state and federal investigators want answered as they plunge into the emissions scandal at Volkswagen that has cost the chief executive his job, caused stock prices to plummet and could result in billions of dollars in fines.

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Ozone showdown drives busy week on energy policy

The Environmental Protection Agency this week plans to unveil its final rule to set new limits on ground-level ozone, while congressional Republicans keep the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda in its crosshairs with a hearing on the economic impact of air quality rules.

EPA proposed lowering levels of the smog-forming pollution from the current 75 parts per billion to within the range of 65 to 70 ppb. The agency also took public comment on leaving the current standard in place, or to lower it to 60 ppb, the level preferred by public health groups and environmentalists.

Senate Energy panel hearing on soda ash bill

Washington, October 1, 2015, 2:30 pm

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining to hold a hearing a bill to reduce royalty payments for sodium mining.


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