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FILE - In this April 11, 2015, file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff shake hands during their bilateral meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama. Rousseff visits Washington and will meet with Obama on June 29 and 30. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Climate top item for Obama sit-down with Brazil leader

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The meeting comes six months before world leaders gather at a United Nations-sponsored conference in Paris in December to finalize a climate treaty. Obama has argued that a gradually warming planet could worsen social tensions and political instability worldwide, in addition to harming the U.S.
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House votes to block Obama’s climate plan amid veto threat

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Lawmakers voted 247-180 to support a bill allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants if the state’s governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability of service.
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How the European oil industry decided to save the climate

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As BP Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley recalls, it all started with himself and his peers from Statoil, Total and Royal Dutch Shell, on stage at the forum debating their response to the climate change challenge.
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White House report says action on climate change could save thousands of lives

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The report comes as Republicans in Congress seek to undo the administration’s environmental policies, including an expected plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to target coal-fired power plants, and days after Pope Francis issued a dire warning about global warming’s consequences, especially for the poor and under-developed nations.
FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2105 file photo, Pope Francis Pope holds the book of Gospels as he presides over Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Energy producers push back against pressure from pope on climate change

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The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics around the world made his plea for the planet, and for the world’s poorest people, in a 181-page letter to bishops Thursday. Companies and industry groups said the fuels they produce are needed to supply rising global demand for energy.
Pope Francis gives an audience to the participants at the Convention of Rome Diocese at St Peter's square on June 14, 2015 at the Vatican.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

Pope urges drastic cut in fossil fuels to protect climate

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Francis gave Catholics little room for maneuver, writing that Christians “realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the creator, are an essential part of their faith.”
Pope Francis gives an audience to the participants at the Convention of Rome Diocese at St Peter's square on June 14, 2015 at the Vatican.  AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEFILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

Pope denounces world leaders for “lack of conscience” in fossil fuels debate

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The encyclical, entitled “Laudato si (Praised Be) on the care of our common home,” is a call to action in the form of a letter to the church’s bishops. With fossil-fuel emissions and temperatures at record levels, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics is adding his voice to calls to rein in greenhouse gases.
President Barack Obama speaks at Everglades National Park to call attention to climate change on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 near Homestead, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Appeals court tosses suits challenging Obama climate change plan

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The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a temporary setback to opponents of the plan who are expected to renew their legal attack once the regulation is finalized later this year.
Rex Tillerson, chairman, president, and CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Exxon CEO touts climate benefits of shale gas

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European oil companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BP Plc and Total SA are promoting gas as a way to limit the growth of emissions blamed for climate change. They have also called for a price on carbon dioxide.
Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

European Big Oil opens schism on climate with U.S. rivals

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“It’s clear that the subject isn’t viewed in the same way on both sides of the Atlantic,” Total SA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne, one of the signatories, said on Monday at a press conference in Paris. “We are working with those who come forward.”