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Setting A New Course On Climate Change

September 23, 2014 | by DINA CAPPIELLO, SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press | Comments

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is challenging more than 100 world leaders at a climate summit to set a new course for a warming world and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases.                                       

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Researchers Develop Self-Sustaining Wastewater Treatment System

September 23, 2014 10:46 am | by Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture, Washington State University | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas.                                   

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Search For Better Biofuel Microbes Leads To The Human Gut

September 23, 2014 10:40 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine, researchers report.

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Stocks Drop As China & Oil Weigh On Markets

September 23, 2014 10:31 am | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Markets Writer | Comments

Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday.                               

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P&G Sells Pet Care Business To Spectrum

September 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Procter & Gamble Co. is selling its Iams and Eukanuba brands in Europe to Spectrum Brands, shedding the remaining parts of its pet care business.                                     

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Michigan Attorney General Sues Over Propane Costs

September 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Michigan attorney general announced Monday he has filed a lawsuit against a propane seller alleging price-gouging last winter, and also noted the state has reached a more than $100,000 agreement with another propane company following hundreds of consumer complaints about pricing and delivery.

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Mexico Warns Arizona About River Spill

September 23, 2014 10:17 am | by ASTRID GALVAN, BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.                            

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China, U.S., India Push World Carbon Emissions Up

September 22, 2014 10:50 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.                

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Merck To Buy St. Louis Sigma-Aldrich

September 22, 2014 10:48 am | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | Comments

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment.                      

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Investigation Begins After Natrium Plant Accident

September 22, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Axiall Corp. spokesman says the company is investigating an accident at its Natrium plant that injured four workers.                                    

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Storm Water Causes Toxic Mine Spill

September 22, 2014 10:36 am | by FELIPE LARIOS, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a toxic spill in the Sonora River basin from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday.                                    

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FDA Relaxes Water Quality Standards

September 22, 2014 10:32 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards.                                  

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Broken Rail Blamed For Fiery Train Derailment

September 19, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Federal investigators have determined a broken rail probably caused a 2012 train derailment, explosion and spectacular fire that damaged a bus depot and led to evacuations in Ohio's capital city.                                

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Support For PolyMet Mine On The Decline

September 19, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A new poll shows support for a proposed copper and nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota has declined.                                               

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Judge: PG&E Emails May Have Violated Rules

September 19, 2014 10:23 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | Comments

California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.                

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CSB Will Investigate Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corporation's Role In Spill

September 19, 2014 10:19 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has upheld a federal safety board's right to investigate the role of Transocean Deepwater Drilling Corp. in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.                               

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