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Court upholds EPA coal-plant emission standards

Court upholds EPA coal-plant emission standards

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

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China will turn cruel bear farm into refuge

China will turn cruel bear farm into refuge

BEIJING — In what’s being described as a major victory against abusive animal practices in China, a government-owned company that’s bred bears for traditional medicines has agreed to convert itself into a sanctuary.

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Kenneth Harney: Ride may be bumpy for homeowners’ tax-benefit renewal

WASHINGTON — Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward in the last two weeks, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer — and potentially bumpier — than previously expected.

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Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path.

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Jamaica reports big drop in lionfish sightings

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans.

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Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

BERLIN — The cost of keeping global warming in check is “relatively modest,” but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

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Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

In this photo provided by Lou Dematteis, a huge crop art image protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline covers an 80 acre corn field outside of Neligh, Neb., on April 12, 2014. The image, which lies on the proposed pipeline route, was created by the farmers, ranchers and Native American …

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13 tax tips as April 15 deadline looms

Just days to go until the April 15 deadline, and we’re rolling out 13 lucky tax tips for 2013 returns.

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Colbert loves science

David Letterman announced last week that he will soon be retiring from "The Late Show" after hosting for more than 30 years, and CBS has confirmed that Stephen Colbert will replace him. While switching from "The Colbert Report" to "The Late Show" will be a huge career advancement for the com…

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Charles Krauthammer: Oppose proclamations from on high and you’re a ‘denier’

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

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The volcano that changed the course of history

This article originally appeared in The Conversation.

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In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860

In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860

BEIJING — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

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In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860

In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860

Beijing artist Liang Kegang, protesting his home city’s choking air pollution, collects fresh air in Provence, France.

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Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies

Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies

FILE - Writer Peter Matthiessen stands in the yard of his house in Sagaponack, N.Y. in this Oct. 28, 2004 file photo. Matthiessen, award-winning author of more than thirty books, world-renowned naturalist, explorer, Buddhist teacher, and political activist, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 after…

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Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies

Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies

NEW YORK — Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86.

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Clive Crook: Why many folks don’t listen to climate scientists

Why aren’t climate scientists winning the argument on climate policy? It sure isn’t for lack of effort.

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In April in Southeastern Arizona, where there's smoke, there's a human-caused fire

In April in Southeastern Arizona, where there's smoke, there's a human-caused fire

The stage is set for wildland fires, but they don't have to start, say land managers.

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Tucsonan leads effort to put GMO food labeling on ballot

PHOENIX – With no funding and facing a July deadline to gather 173,000 signatures, a Tucson man is out to require labels telling consumers whether food products are genetically engineered or made with genetically engineered ingredients.

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Senate panel OKs fire immunity for state Land Department

Senate panel OKs fire immunity for state Land Department

PHOENIX — State lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to immunize the Land Department from mistakes and negligence that result in forest fires — even if that means destroyed homes and dead firefighters.

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UA scientists among many studying Colorado River water release

UA scientists among many studying Colorado River water release

This week’s big pulse of water into the long-parched Colorado River Delta will be one of the most studied water releases ever.

March 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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