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Japan Uses Climate Cash for Coal Plants

March 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Karl Ritter & Aijaz Rahi, Associated Press | Comments

In December Japan counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance.

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Feds Say Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals at Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:47 pm | by Keith Ridler, Associated Press | Comments

Monsanto Corporation has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for hundreds of uncontrolled releases of dangerous chemicals at its phosphate plant in Soda Springs, Idaho.

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Shell Cuts Staff in North Sea

March 26, 2015 2:43 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The oil company said the cuts are part of a range of initiatives it has been pursuing to manage costs and improve competitive performance.

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Lawmakers Unhappy with New Fracking Rules

March 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Kevin Freking, AP | Comments

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

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Chinese Chemical Company Set to Acquire Pirelli

March 24, 2015 4:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The acquisition would give China the intellectual property of the world's fifth-largest tire maker, while giving Pirelli greater access to the world's largest auto market amid potential competition in Asia from Michelin and Continental.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 24, 2015 4:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from Michigan State University reported electric vehicles only emit about one-fifth the heat of conventional gas-powered vehicles. In areas with heavy traffic, scientists argued reducing heat emissions from cars could also lead to residents using less air conditioning.

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Door Opens For Fracking Wildcatters in North Carolina

March 24, 2015 3:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

But skeptics questioned how soon the natural gas industry could get up and running in a state without a history of such drilling.

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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Starlings in Nevada

March 24, 2015 3:33 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

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Japan Audit: Millions of Dollars Wasted in Fukushima Cleanup

March 24, 2015 3:28 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | Comments

A Board of Audit report describes various expensive machines and untested measures that ended in failure.

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Report: Feds to Exceed Costs For Cleaning up Nuke Waste

March 24, 2015 3:25 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The cost of cleaning up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories has already exceeded expectations and more cost overruns are expected, according to a report released Monday by a government watchdog.

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Ex-coal Boss Pleads Not Guilty Again in Mine Safety Case

March 24, 2015 3:20 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Comments

He is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards, falsifying coal dust samples and defrauding federal financial regulators related to Upper Big Branch Mine. A blast at the southern West Virginia mine killed 29 men in 2010.

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Recalls Issued Over Listeria Linked to Frozen Spinach

March 24, 2015 3:16 pm | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | Comments

Organic food company Amy's Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing spinach.

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Jordan, Russia Sign $10 Billion Deal on Nuclear Reactors

March 24, 2015 3:12 pm | by SAM McNEIL, Associated Press | Comments

The kingdom's state-run Petra news agency said Russia's state-owned firm "Rosatom will construct two 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactors" at the country's plant in Amra in northern Jordan.

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$50 Million Plastic Plant Headed to South-Central Idaho

March 23, 2015 5:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company is the latest plastics manufacture clustering in southern Idaho, including Solo Cup Co., Hilex Poly and Spears Manufacturing.

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GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama Climate Plan

March 23, 2015 5:34 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Comments

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky unveiled a draft bill Monday that would allow governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state.

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