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As alarmed communities complain about dangerous cargo running on the tracks through their towns, new rules for handling such cargo are set to take effect.
Greenpeace sees growing signs that China is heading toward peak coal, putting climate targets within sight.
Efforts to tackle climate change have repeatedly collided with politics in Washington, where Republicans question the science of global warming, and ties to the fossil fuel industry have made them resistant to change.
An effort to clean up waterways plagued by agricultural runoff and other pollutants is meeting some legislative opposition.
The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that only an intensive push in the next 15 years can stave off potential disaster, United Nations-appointed experts said.
Questions remain over whether vulnerable areas of California and the Pacific Northwest are adequately prepared for the Big One.
Wrangling over wording of the summary of the latest U.N. climate report foreshadows worse to come in treaty talks.
Japan’s cabinet approved a new national energy strategy on Friday that designates nuclear power as an important energy source and calls for restarting idled nuclear plants that meet new safety standards.
While China is eager to wean itself from energy imports and coal, its extraction of shale gas is likely to be more expensive and dangerous than elsewhere.

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