EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

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The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration’s plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands.
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Commentary: New technologies push clean energy boundaries

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Innovative systems of collecting energy from the environment are pushing the boundaries of the current renewable energy landscape, fueling the growth of the market and overall acceptance of green energy as a form of energy production. From pocket-sized wind turbines to solar-paneled bike paths, the green energy movement is reaching new heights of innovative technologies […]
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (L) shakes hands with workers of Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras at Petrobras's shipyards in Rio de Janeiro, on September 11, 2013. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil pledges to cut emissions

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Our goals are just as ambitious, if not more so, than those set by developed countries,” President Dilma Rousseff said as she announced the targets at the U.N. in New York.
An image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a male greater sage grouse near Bridgeport, Calif., in 2010. (Jeannie Stafford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via The New York Times)

Lawsuit challenges limits on industry that aim to save bird

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The case appears to be the first challenge to the Interior Department’s declaration this week that it can protect the greater sage grouse without hobbling the region’s economy.
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Battery storage may soon play key role in electric grids

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The “batteries charge up for the electric grid” study contends that ever-decreasing manufacturing costs from Tesla Energy and other companies will make lithium-ion batteries more economical in about three to five years, starting in states with financial incentives like California, Hawaii, New York and other Northeastern markets.
Pope Francis addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at United Nations headquarters.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pope Francis beseeches world leaders to protect environment

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Pope Francis steered clear of specific policy prescriptions but exhorted world leaders to take “concrete steps and immediate measures for preserving and improving the natural environment.” The message comes less than three months before international climate negotiations in Paris.
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Eric Dille, director of government relations for EOG Resources., speaks at a meeting about flaring of natural gas in Bismarck, N.D., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

North Dakota regulators extend, toughen gas flaring mandate

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North Dakota regulators have given the oil industry an additional 10 months next year to reduce the flaring of natural gas but also implemented a stiffer long-term benchmark.
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Fossil fuel divestment seen costing returns for investors

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Investors who boycott the shares of oil, gas and coal companies out of concern for the climate are sacrificing higher returns and lower risks, a study funded by the fossil-fuel industry showed.
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

EPA hears widely different views on methane threat

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Imposing tough restrictions could raise the industry’s costs so much that the price of natural gas would rise, pushing energy users to use dirtier fuels, an energy official said.
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A male sage grouse performs  his "strut." (AP Photo/Rawlins Daily Times, Jerret Raffety, File)

With no protections for Sage Grouse, focus is on land-use

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans outline measures to help sage grouse across 67 million acres of public lands throughout the West, including 12 million acres of prime habitat where strict limits on oil and gas limits will be enforced.