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Trucking companies look to welcome EPA efficiency moves

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National Journal

The Environmental Protection Agency's effort to further regulate fuel economy for trucks is being welcomed by the industry, which is hoping the steps will save money, National Journal reports.

Indiana regulator says move to end efficiency program was costly

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WSJV-TV

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says the state's canceled energy efficiency program had created 18,000 jobs and saved money for consumers and taxpayers, WSJV-TV reports.

China, EU to ink climate pledge

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Reuters

China and the European Union will promise to work together to fight climate change, in a strongly worded pledge they are due to sign at a summit at the end of June, Reuters reports.

Encyclical leak: Pope calls for urgent action on environment

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A draft copy of Pope Francis' eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment calls for urgent action to protect the Earth and fight global warming, which the pope says is "mostly" due to human activity and the burning of fossil fuels.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document that was leaked to the Italian newsweekly L'Espresso and published on its website Monday was not the final version and that the official encyclical would still be released as scheduled on Thursday.

China says South China Sea island building to finish soon

BEIJING (AP) — China will complete land reclamation projects on its disputed South China Sea territorial claims as planned within days, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an apparent bid to reassure its neighbors over moves seen as sharpening tensions in the strategically vital region.

However, in a sign that developments were far from over, a statement posted to the ministry's website said China would follow up by building infrastructure to carry out functions ranging from maritime search and rescue to environmental conservation and scientific research.

Report says UN not equipped to tackle today's challenges

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations and other global institutions aren't equipped to tackle today's global challenges ranging from massive violence in fragile states to runaway climate change and global economic shocks, a high-level commission said in a report released Tuesday.

The Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance issued a series of proposals aimed at reforming the U.N., strengthening cooperation at all levels of society to deal with these challenges, and putting greater focus on preventing conflicts and restoring peace to countries emerging from violence.

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Photos of ruptured oil pipeline provide clues of spill cause

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Photos of the pipeline that spilled oil on the Santa Barbara coast show extensive corrosion and provide clues about the cause of the rupture, experts said.

Corrosion visible around the crack, coupled with wear documented inside the pipe, led Robert Bea, a civil engineering professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, to believe the pipe burst during a pressure spike when the operator restarted pumps that had failed the morning of the May 19 spill.

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Shell rig heading to Arctic despite protesters' efforts

SEATTLE (AP) — An attempt at a protesters' blockade failed to stop a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Monday as it left Seattle on its way to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean.

Some protesters had indicated they hoped to confront the Polar Pioneer off Port Townsend on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. However, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Amanda Norcross said late Monday night that a gale warning was in effect in that area until Tuesday morning. She said the Coast Guard had not had interactions with protesters there.

Discussion on path forward for RFS

Washington, June 16, 2015, 2:30 pm

The Center on Global Energy Policy to host a presentation  and two panel discussions on the path forward for the Renewable Fuel Standard in the aftermath of the Environmental Protection Agency's three-year proposal.

House Energy and Commerce joint hearing on ozone rule

Washington, June 16, 2015, 10:15 am

The House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on Energy and Power and Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade to hold joint hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower ground-level ozone standards and its impact on manufacturing. 

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