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Hollande, leaders call for investments in the green economy

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Climate change and poverty took center stage Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where leaders began campaigning in earnest for twin global accords aimed at cooling the planet and easing the suffering of multitudes.

French President Francois Hollande, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were among the power-brokers urgently seeking support for two long-sought deals. They warned that the planet will overheat and many children will suffer unless the agreements are clinched this year.

Developer has plans to preserve Westinghouse atom smasher

FOREST HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A developer has knocked over the Westinghouse atom smasher east of Pittsburgh but plans to preserve the structure no matter what happens to the property it was on.

The brick building at the base of the five-story, lightbulb-shaped atom smasher was in too much disrepair to save, said property owner Gary Silversmith of Washington, D.C.

Gridlocked Congress no deterrent for lobbying spending

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E&E

Lobbyists in the energy and environmental sector spent substantial amounts last year even though a gridlocked Congress meant not much was accomplished on Capitol Hill, E&E reports.

Keystone votes dramatize Democratic difference on climate

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National Journal

Climate amendments to the Keystone XL pipeline bill offered up by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who caucuses with the Democrats, didn’t succeed, but the differences between the measures illustrated the party divisions on the subject, National Journal reports.

Nomination for EPA acting deputy Meiburg to be made permanent

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The Hill

Stan Meiburg, who returned to the Environmental Protection Agency in October as acting deputy administrator, will be nominated by President Obama to take the post permanently, The Hill reports.

Panama Canal expansion: 1st Pacific lock in place

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Platts

With lock head one completed this week on the Panama Canal expansion -– the first of eight gates planned for the Pacific side of the waterway -– work on the project is 85 percent finished, according to the Panama Canal Authority, Platts reports.

Oil

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Earthen barriers have been set up across a creek and water was being tested Thursday around the site of a nearly 3 million-gallon leak of saltwater generated by oil drilling, the largest spill of its kind during North Dakota's current oil rush.

The berms were built at Blacktail Creek to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing out of the creek and into a bigger body of water that eventually leads into the Missouri River.

Oil

Montana city gets OK to drink water after oil spill in river

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Thousands of people in an eastern Montana city were told Thursday they can resume using tap water after tests showed no further signs of contamination from a weekend oil spill into a nearby river.

The 6,000 residents of Glendive had relied on bottled water since Monday after elevated levels of cancer-causing benzene were found in the public water supply. The chemical came from 40,000 gallons of oil that spilled on Saturday from a pipeline breach beneath the Yellowstone River, about six miles upstream of the city.

Hazy skies the backdrop for Obama's climate talks in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in New Delhi on Sunday he will join the Indian capital's masses in breathing some of the world's filthiest air.

Hazy skies will serve as the backdrop to meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials who are expected to discuss India's biggest environmental woes: Heavy reliance on fossil fuels that has transformed New Delhi into the planet's most polluted capital and made India the third biggest national emitter of greenhouse gases.

Oil

Death of Saudi king unsettles oil market, prices rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices rose on news of the death of Saudi Arabia's powerful King Abdullah, but the increase is likely to be short-lived without a cut in the kingdom's immense crude production.

The benchmark U.S. crude futures contract was up 71 cents to $47.02 a barrel at 0725 GMT on Friday. Brent crude, an international benchmark, was up 92 cents to $49.42 a barrel.

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