BP wins exclusion of emails from oil spill trial

(Reuters) - BP Plc won a court order keeping several potentially damaging emails out of a scheduled trial to determine responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Wednesday's ruling by U.S. … [Read more...]

Lawsuit filed over Jesus statue on public land

HELENA, Mont. - The battle over a 57-year-old Jesus statue at a northwest Montana ski resort escalated Wednesday with a new federal lawsuit arguing that the Forest Service needs to remove the relic … [Read more...]

6-week-old lone elephant calf dies in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Conservationists in Zimbabwe said Wednesday round-the-clock efforts to save a baby elephant, separated from his mother on a busy highway, have failed. The six-week-old calf who has … [Read more...]

Green auction expected to raise millions for environment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bidders will be able to buy fine art, a vacation in the Maldives, or an internship with designer Donna Karan and help the planet at the same time in Christie's annual Green … [Read more...]

Popular Opinion on Climate Change Traced to Political Elites

- It seems the general public just can't make up its mind about the existence of man-made climate change. Rather than steadily increasing or decreasing over the last decade, the U.S. public's … [Read more...]

Radioactive element found in fish far from Vermont nuclear plant

(Reuters) - Trace amounts of a radioactive element found in fish near the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant have now been found in bass in an opposite corner of the state, apparently clearing the … [Read more...]

BP hikes dividend after strong fourth quarter

LONDON - BP PLC has raised its quarterly dividend by 14 percent after posting double-digit gains in profit and revenue in the last three months of 2011 despite further big payments to compensate for … [Read more...]

BP preparing "vigorously" for oil spill lawsuits

LONDON (Reuters) - BP said it was preparing "vigorously" for lawsuits related to its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which are due to start later this month, as it unveiled a rise in fourth-quarter earnings … [Read more...]

China bars its airlines from paying EU carbon tax

BEIJING - China announced Monday it will prohibit its airlines from paying European Union charges on carbon emissions, ratcheting up a global dispute over the cost of combatting climate change. The … [Read more...]

Nuclear accidents pose little risk to health: NRC

(Reuters) - The risk to public health from a severe nuclear power plant accident in the United States is "very small" because reactor operators should have time to prevent core damage and reduce the … [Read more...]

Fire at Moscow nuclear institute, Russia says no risk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There was no risk of a radiation leak after a fire broke out at a Moscow nuclear research center housing a non-operational 60-year-old atomic reactor Sunday, said officials, but … [Read more...]

Feds: ‘Unusual’ wear on new tubes at CA nuke plant

LOS ANGELES - Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, raising questions about the integrity of equipment … [Read more...]

Spain’s Repsol begins Cuba offshore drilling-sources

HAVANA (Reuters) - Spanish oil company Repsol YPF has begun drilling the first well in Cuba's long-awaited exploration of offshore oilfields that the communist country says hold both billions of … [Read more...]

Feds: Mid-Atlantic wind farms take step forward

BALTIMORE - The view off the mid-Atlantic shore in the next decade could include giant wind turbines generating electricity for homes in several states if federal efforts to speed approval for the … [Read more...]

UK minister quits Cabinet to fight criminal charge

LONDON - British leader David Cameron made a third unwanted shake up of his government since 2010 on Friday after Cabinet minister Chris Huhne quit as prosecutors charged him over an alleged attempt … [Read more...]

Nature’s Surprise: 365 New Species Spotted in Peru

- Hundreds of species never before seen in a Peruvian national park have been found during an inventory of the Amazonian forests there, according to a conservation group. The Wildlife Conservation … [Read more...]

NRC sets vote on approving Ga. nuclear plant

ATLANTA - Federal safety officials will vote Feb. 9 on whether to approve what could become the nation's first nuclear plant in a generation. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a … [Read more...]

Canada, Alberta seek to assuage oil sands critics

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Canada will set up a new environmental monitoring system for the northern Alberta oil sands as it seeks to fend off harsh international criticism following revelations … [Read more...]

USDA awards $40 million grants to boost local farm/food projects

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department on Friday awarded $40.2 million in grants to farmers, ranchers and farmer-controlled rural business ventures aimed at spurring locally produced food … [Read more...]

UK minister Chris Huhne faces criminal charges

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron's office says Liberal Democrat lawmaker Ed Davey has been appointed as Energy and Climate Change Secretary after his predecessor quit. Chris Huhne … [Read more...]