- China readies national carbon market to fight climate change Updated: May-24-15 1:41 am
BEIJING - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market.
- Dayton vetoes agriculture-environment and jobs-energy bills Updated: May-23-15 6:19 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Gov, Mark Dayton vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on measures that passed before the end of the legislative session, but he proposed a temporary tax cut in return for a scaled back version of his proposal for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.
- Environmental groups monitor new Wyoming fracking rules Updated: May-23-15 2:07 pm
CASPER, Wyoming - As Wyoming challenges new federal fracking rules on public lands, state regulators are quietly implementing a state requirement that petroleum companies justify keeping secret the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing.
- California Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics Updated: May-22-15 5:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Assembly on Friday advanced one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.
- Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study Updated: May-22-15 5:09 pm
DENVER - Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change.
- Oregon lawmakers reconsider buffer zone for herbicide sprays Updated: May-22-15 1:39 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Some Oregon lawmakers have revived an effort to limit aerial herbicide spraying on private timberlands by placing mandatory "no-spray" buffers around houses and schools.
- France cracks down on food waste by supermarkets Updated: May-22-15 7:29 am
PARIS - France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.
- NC Senate backs narrowed mandate on NC environmental reviews Updated: May-21-15 7:05 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Senate is going along with scaling back environmental reviews North Carolina government agencies must perform on their own projects.
- Polis introduces Continental Divide wilderness bill Updated: May-21-15 4:56 pm
DENVER - Conservation groups hope their latest attempt to designate 90 square miles in the heart of Colorado ski country as wilderness will have better luck now that Rep. Jared Polis has a seat on the House Natural Resources Committee.
- New Mexico ranchers, farmers sue over jaguar border habitat Updated: May-21-15 4:13 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The setting aside of more than 170 square miles in New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar was an "unlawful, arbitrary and capricious" action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says.
- Bill would end authority's control of Liberty State Park Updated: May-21-15 3:35 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority would have no control over projects at Liberty State Park under a bill Senate President Steve Sweeney has introduced.
- Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina Updated: May-20-15 4:39 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment.
- Hunting constitutional amendment clears Texas Legislature Updated: May-20-15 1:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment guaranteeing citizens' right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
- NY state to rule soon on crude oil facility at Albany port Updated: May-20-15 1:02 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York state regulators are expected to decide soon on a permit for a facility at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil as well as the millions of gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude it's now handling.
- NY cuts red tape in pesticide regulations for farmers Updated: May-20-15 12:50 pm
ALBANY, New York - The Cuomo administration is cutting some red tape to make it easier for farmers to comply with pesticide regulations.
- Stricter ozone standards approved in southwest Wyoming Updated: May-20-15 11:57 am
PINEDALE, Wyoming - A state regulatory panel has approved new regulations aimed at limiting emissions from existing natural gas facilities in southwest Wyoming, ending years of debate over how to address pollution from the operations in the Pinedale area.
- Judge temporarily halts fracking permits in North Carolina Updated: May-20-15 9:52 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A judge has ordered North Carolina not to issue any fracking permits until the state Supreme Court rules on a legal question about how state panels are formed.
- Government releases fire plan to protect struggling bird Updated: May-19-15 6:11 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A federal wildfire strategy released Tuesday aims to protect the West's sagebrush country that is home to a struggling bird species whose potential listing as a threatened or endangered species already has delayed energy projects and oil and gas deals.
- Hickenlooper rejects GOP call to ignore EPA coal rules Updated: May-19-15 3:35 pm
DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper rejected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for states to defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants, saying Colorado has a long history of protecting its environment - despite its heavy reliance on coal.
- To fight bee decline, Obama proposes more land to feed bees Updated: May-19-15 1:31 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better.
- Group sues to halt logging project in Kootenai Forest Updated: May-17-15 12:39 pm
KALISPELL, Montana - A conservation group has filed a lawsuit to halt a logging project in the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana.
- States saying 'no' to cities seeking to regulate businesses Updated: May-17-15 11:06 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator- himself - and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags.
- Lawyers to link farmers, food workers with legal services Updated: May-17-15 8:33 am
PORTLAND, Maine - A group of lawyers is holding an event in Portland to introduce farmers and food industry workers to legal services.
- Vermont lawmakers adjourn after passing $30 million tax bill Updated: May-16-15 11:28 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont lawmakers approved spending plans totaling about $5.5 billion, raised taxes by about $30 million and declared their 2015 session complete Saturday night.
- Oregon lawmakers consider budget for Fish and Wildlife Updated: May-16-15 12:34 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Lawmakers are considering how to plug a $32 million funding gap for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through a combination of raising hunting and fishing license fees, devoting more state revenues to the department and cutting personnel.