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Israel conquers drought with desalination, wastewater recycling

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The New York Times

Israel has overcome the threat of drought with a strategy of recycling domestic wastewater, which now supplies around 55 percent of the water used in agriculture, as well as desalination, The New York Times reports.

EPA to release new rules on truck emissions

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The New York Times

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected this week to announce new rules on fuel efficiency for trucks, aimed at cutting the vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions, The New York Times reports.

Washington farmers, wildlife managers prepare for drought

SEATTLE (AP) — With Washington state experiencing the worst mountain snowpack in decades and a drought emergency declared two weeks ago, farmers, growers and wildlife managers are preparing for a tough summer as conditions are expected to worsen.

Some farmers and irrigators are forgoing watering crops and pastures for all or part of the season in exchange for lease payments from the state. Others are seeking permission to tap emergency wells or drill new ones. A large irrigation district in the Yakima River basin shut off the water for a few weeks this month to save supply for later.

European oil and gas majors call for carbon price

BONN, Germany (AP) — Six European oil and gas companies have called for a global price on carbon as a way to curb climate-warming emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

The appeal by the chief executives of Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Eni, Total, Statoil and the BG Group came as U.N. climate talks resumed Monday in Bonn.

Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from banning operations such as drilling, fracking, water disposal, recovery operations or pipeline infrastructure. Fracking is the practice of high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas, which has led to a boom in U.S. energy production.

Oil

Coast Guard defends cleanup response to California oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.

The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically sensitive habitats. Others vacuumed up oil from the site of the underground pipeline that ruptured on May 19, sending up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil down a culvert and onto the beach north of Santa Barbara. An estimated 21,000 gallons escaped into the Pacific and quickly spread.

France warns climate change threatens security: AP Interview

PARIS (AP) — Climate change is a threat to international security, France's influential Environment Minister Segolene Royal warned Saturday — adopting an unusually hawkish stance as she heads to the U.S. to push for a global deal on reducing emissions at a landmark Paris conference this year.

She will have to push especially hard in Washington, but she relishes the challenge. Royal, longtime former partner of President Francois Hollande and one of France's most experienced female politicians, is playing a key role ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris in December.

Oil

Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

David Rainey has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed the investigation, and that he made false statements about his calculations of the rate at which oil was flowing from BP's Macondo well.

GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.

Not so, insist Republicans. They say the rule is a massive government overreach that could even subject puddles and ditches to regulation.

Atlantic Council hosts forum on renewable energy shift

Washington, June 1, 2015, 4:00 pm

The Atlantic Council to host discussion on the growth of renewable energy as a feature of U.S. energy policy, featuring International Renewable Energy Agency Director General Adnan Amin, State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein and Energy Department Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Assistant Secretary Mike Carr.

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