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Key sticking points in UN climate change talks

PARIS — Some 180 countries have already presented plans to cut or rein in their climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge step forward for the U.N. climate talks but a host of difficult issues remain to be resolved before a new climate agreement can be adopted in Paris. Here are some of the most important ones: THE FIREWALL The ...

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Bill Gates in Paris to launch global clean energy fund

PARIS — Bill Gates and a powerful coalition of top Silicon Valley thinkers, leaders and philanthropists will announce on Monday two initiatives created to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next five years to develop clean energy technology in efforts to fight global warming. Along with the 10-campus University of California system — with its three national energy ...

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Fire erupts at Mexico’s biggest oil refinery, some hurt

MEXICO CITY – A fire broke out at Mexico’s biggest oil refinery on Tuesday and some staff were evacuated, a spokesman for state-run oil company Pemex said, the latest in a string of incidents to hit the company’s refineries. The Red Cross said nine people were injured, while Pemex said eight people suffered minor injuries and were being treated. A ...

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Colorado oil and gas spill report for Nov. 23

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release that may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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Group wants ‘bomb trains’ rerouted around Limerick plant

Montgomery County, Pa. A Tri-County environmental advocacy group has asked federal, state and local officials to reroute railroad tracks that carry crude oil near the Limerick Nuclear Generating station to prevent a disaster in a derailment. Norfolk Southern and Limerick officials counter that there are safety features in place to respond to fires and other derailment hazards. Alliance for a ...

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Rail safety fight rolls into election politics

Freight rail companies have enjoyed a surge in profits in recent years, thanks in part to the Bakken oil boom. But the profits have come with new political peril, as elected officials — on the DFL side especially — have taken up the cause of oil train safety with gusto. Some 326,000 Minnesotans live within a half mile of freight ...

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Ecology working on rules for movement of oil

The state Department of Ecology is developing new rules for transporting oil by train and pipeline. The changes could require companies moving oil through the state to improve accident response plans and provide advanced notice about the movement of oil. The changes could go into effect as early as 2016. The rules will be a first step in implementing the ...

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