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Greenpeace Group Boards Arctic Offshore Drill Rig in Pacific

April 7, 2015 10:46 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | Comments

The 400-foot Polar Pioneer, owned by Transocean Ltd., was on board a heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles northwest of Hawaii when the activists approached in inflatable boats and used climbing gear to get on board.

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US Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Upgrades

April 7, 2015 9:49 am | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | Comments

Fuel-hauling tank cars need retrofits to prevent more explosive train wrecks — and the public can't wait another decade for the improvements as has been suggested by industry, U.S. safety officials said.

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Obama Presents Climate Change as Hazard to Your Health

April 7, 2015 9:44 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on ways that climate change will have real impacts on the body, like more asthma attacks, allergic reactions and injuries from extreme weather.

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Coast Guard: Ship Hits 2 Others on Mississippi; Oil Spills

April 7, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 420 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River and a nine-mile stretch of the waterway was closed after a ship broke free of its mooring in southern Louisiana and hit two other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

'Fight Club' Actor Speaks Out Against Fracking

April 7, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In films, he's played poker with Matt Damon and fought with Brad Pitt. Now actor Edward Norton is lending his voice to the anti-fracking campaign in Maryland.

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State Posts Details of $225M Exxon Settlement on Website

April 6, 2015 2:49 pm | by MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press | Comments

Here's what you need to know about the four-page proposal.

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Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 6, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the International Association of Fire Fighters, and others, argued the prevalence of organohalogens in many common products poses long-term health risks that outweigh their fire safety properties.

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EPA Announces Moratorium on Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Decline

April 6, 2015 2:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Various factors — including insecticides, habitat loss and disease — steadily reduced honeybee populations for decades, but research suggested the rise in neonicotinoids resulted in a recent spike in those population losses.

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Modi Blames Changing Lifestyles For India's Rising Pollution

April 6, 2015 10:52 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | Comments

While already the world's third-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, India is still home to at least 300 million people with no electricity at all, while hundreds of millions have just a couple of hours a day. Bringing them all onto a 24-hour electricity grid fueled primarily by coal could jeopardize global efforts to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

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5 Years After Coal Mine Blast, Explosion Risks Persist

April 6, 2015 10:06 am | by DYLAN LOVAN and JOHN RABY, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's worst coal mine disaster in decades exposed lax safety measures at some Appalachian mines, issues that persist five years later despite the crackdown that followed, according to an Associated Press review of federal inspection records.

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High-Efficiency Wood Heating Systems Winning Converts

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | Comments

Like the smoky, outdoor wood boilers that have proliferated in rural areas over the past 20 years, the wood furnace at Athens is housed in a shed behind the building. But that's where the similarity ends.

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Texas Grocery Chain H-E-B Pulls All Blue Bell Products

April 6, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

H-E-B, with more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico, said the decision Saturday was a "precautionary measure due to food safety concerns."

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Pemex Begins to Restore Production at Fire-Damaged Platform

April 6, 2015 9:16 am | by KATHERINE CORCORAN, Associated Press | Comments

Mexico's state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday.

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Study: Fruit, Vegetable Pesticides Linked to Lower Sperm Counts

April 2, 2015 3:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recent study by Harvard University scientists for the first time linked pesticides applied to fruits and vegetables to reproductive problems in men.  

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Exxon CEO Talks Arctic Oil Drilling, Risks, Lessons

April 2, 2015 3:37 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The Arctic is the next great frontier for oil and gas — and one of the most environmentally fragile places on earth.

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