China and India are increasingly driving world energy demand as the United States' production boom puts it on track to become independent of the global market, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., called on Allenco Energy Co. to halt operations at its urban oil field in south Los Angeles after Environmental Protection Agency inspectors were sickened by fumes while touring the site, the Los Angeles Times reports.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An Obama administration program that has spent more than $1.3 billion on healing the troubled Great Lakes needs a better scorecard for measuring its performance, a government watchdog report released Friday says.
Attorneys general from nine states filed a joint friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court against the Environmental Protection Agency's regulations on cross-state air pollution, The Hill reports.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Rural neighbors of an abandoned World War II-era copper mine that has leaked toxic chemicals in northern Nevada for decades have won up to a $19.5 million settlement from companies they accused of covering up the contamination.
China's Ministry of Environmental Protection urged cities to close down schools, limit working hours and suspend major sources of air pollution including factories and vehicles during periods of heavy smog, Reuters reports.
After the Supreme Court rejected his earlier $18 million penalty, a federal judge ordered natural gas company Southern Union Co. to fund several Rhode Island environmental projects as its sentence for storing mercury without a permit, The Associated Press reports.
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline worry that the naming of project opponent John Podesta as an energy and climate adviser to President Obama could impact a final approval decision, National Journal reports.
OPEC's crude oil production fell below its 30 million barrel-a-day ceiling in November as Saudi Arabia cut output, resulting in the organization's lowest production level since May 2011, Bloomberg reports.
The European Parliament approved a plan aimed at addressing an oversupply of permits in the European Union's carbon market by delaying the allotment of one-third of new permits over the next three years, The New York Times reports.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an organization of nine Northeast states cooperating on emissions reduction, moved to lower the existing cap for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants for next year, The Associated Press reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy praised the "urgency" of China's efforts to combat climate change and called for cooperation with the U.S., according to her prepared remarks for a speech in Beijing, The Washington Post reports.
Following the example of the World Bank and the United States, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said it would no longer finance coal-fired energy projects in Europe and Asia except in rare circumstances, Bloomberg reports.
Duke Energy submitted a nearly $1.2 billion decommissioning plan for the shuttered Crystal River plant in Florida to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, projecting the effort will take 60 years to complete, the Tampa Bay Times reports.