ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A hundred wood bison that will be the foundation for the first wild herd on U.S. soil in more than a century have been safely delivered to a rural Alaska village, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
"They are acclimating very rapidly," said department biologist Cathie Harms. "They are doing very well so far."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An incompatible combination of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, according to findings released Thursday by an independent team of experts from national laboratories around the country.
The technical team was charged by the U.S. Energy Department to investigate all the possible scenarios that could have led to the release of radioactive material at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in February 2014.
Dr. Ajay Mathur, director of India's Bureau of Energy Efficiency, to speak on efficiency gains made in recent years, with particular focus on the LED industry, and the nation's efforts to reduce carbon intensity.
For a second consecutive model year, light-duty vehicles bested federal standards for greenhouse gas emissions. Top Environmental Protection Agency officials say the development shows climate-focused regulations can aid economic growth, efficiency and innovation.
In a report released Thursday, EPA said the auto industry outperformed greenhouse gas standards for the 2013 model year, emitting 12 fewer grams per mile than required. That means that vehicles were 1.4 miles per gallon more efficient than the agency requested.
Efforts by the U.S. and European countries to cut subsidies for building new coal-fired plants in developing countries are being opposed by the government of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., along with five other GOP colleagues, says the White House proposal requiring agencies to consider climate change impacts on projects is illegal, The Hill reports.
Amid reports that Florida has barred officials from using the phrase “climate change” in documents -- an allegation that's been denied by Republican Gov. Rick Scott -- Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has offered legislation to ensure that federal employees are able to do so, The Hill reports.
Plants would no longer be exempt from air pollution regulations when they’re starting up, shutting down or malfunctioning, under a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill reports.
A series of major energy and environmental regulations will be published by federal agencies between June and August, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, the Interior Department’s rule protecting streams from mountaintop removal coal mining, and the Obama administration strategy for cutting methane emissions, The Hill reports.
A group of senators - 17 Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders - has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking her to stop Royal Dutch Shell or anyone else from drilling in the Arctic, Reuters reports.
The reaction in Washington to this week’s oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara has been muted, National Journal reports, despite wishes expressed by environmentalists that the incident generate backing for policies moving the country away from fossil fuels.
A website set up by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to collect grievances about federal regulation and bureaucracy has received complaints about a wide variety of the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations, E&E reports.
Mississippi electric power cooperatives are backing away from a deal in which they would take 15 percent ownership of the Kemper County coal plant that will use carbon capture technology, because they said the power it generates would end up being too expensive, E&E reports.
A stronger dollar combined with the drop of only 1 oil rig in Baker Hughes’ weekly count sent crude prices sliding Friday. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 1.6 percent, or $1, to settle at $59.72 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was $1.17 , or 1.8 percent, lower, at $65.37, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Standard & Poor’s thinks oil companies that have managed to survive the slide in crude prices by borrowing more money may start running into trouble in the coming months, particularly if the price stays in the $50 range, FuelFix reports.
A new analysis concludes that wells in Mountrail and McKenzie counties in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are productive enough to remain profitable even with oil prices around $60 a barrel, FuelFix reports.
With oil prices dramatically lower than a year ago, AAA predicts that more than 37 million people will travel more than 50 miles over the Memorial Day weekend - the most since 2005, The New York Times reports.