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The Statue of Justice, depicted as a women with a sword in one hand and scale in her other, is seen on top of the London Central Criminal Court, the Old Bailey in London August 12, 2005. Britain may reform laws to ensure efforts to deport foreign nationals deemed a threat to national security, are not blocked by judges over human rights concerns. UNICS REUTERS/Russell Boyce

17 Sep 2012

Conviction of Utah Environmental Activist Upheld

DeChristopher had claimed he didn’t initially intend to bid on the parcels when he ended up winning 14 drilling sites for nearly $1.8 million.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a joint news conference with France's President Francois Hollande (not pictured) after their meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid August 30, 2012.Credit: REUTERS

14 Sep 2012

Spain cabinet to study latest energy reform on Friday

By Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Fiona Ortiz | 14 September 2012 (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet will study revamped proposals to reform its energy sector on Friday, […]

A worker is seen at an oil exploration site in Bulisa district. REUTERS/Tullow Oil Uganda

14 Sep 2012

East African energy boom at risk

The speed with which East African countries adapt could determine whether their region lives up to its reputation as the latest great oil and gas frontier, with big implications for global energy flows as well as regional economies.

A street lamp is seen in front of the Datong second coal-fired power plant at night on the outskirts of Datong, Shanxi province, in this November 20, 2009 file photo. A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact. To match Analysis CLIMATE-DEAL.Credit: REUTERS

13 Sep 2012

Gas glut threatens climate battle-IEA

Government subsidies designed to promote renewable energy currently amount to around $70 billion globally.

A female polar bear stands with her cub on a frozen lake near Cape Churchill in this undated handout photo. Polar bears evolved as a separate species far earlier than previously thought, according to a new genetic study, which adds to worries about their ability to adapt in a rapidly warming world. Research published on Thursday found the Arctic's top predators split off from brown bears, their closest relatives, around 600,000 years ago - five times earlier than scientists had generally assumed. REUTER/Hansruedi Weyrich/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Credit: Reuters

13 Sep 2012

Environmental group sues for federal protection of ice seals

Scientists have attributed the shrinking Arctic ice shelf to a warming trend brought on by elevated levels of heat-trapping “greenhouse” gases such as carbon dioxide emitted into Earth’s atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities.

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12 Sep 2012

In unlikely turn, US conservationists lobby to save Gulf oil rigs

In an ironic twist, scientists, fishermen and conservationists are urging that hundreds of dormant oil rigs be left standing in the Gulf of Mexico, arguing that a U.S. federal plan to remove them will endanger coral reefs and fish.

REUTERS/Jumana ElHeloueh

12 Sep 2012

Overview: renewable energy initiatives under Obama administration

The bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar panel manufacture that received $528 million in 2009 under the ARRA lending program to promote clean energy, has become an embarrassment to the Obama Administration.

A rare Shepherd's beaked whale spotted at Bass Strait, off the town of Portland, is seen in this handout photo taken January 16, 2012 and distributed to Reuters. by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) on February 24, 2012. Up to a dozen of these black and cream-coloured whales with dolphin-like beaks were spotted by AAD researchers last month, who were tracking blue whales off the coast of Portland. There have only been two confirmed sightings of these reclusive mammals and this was the first time they have ever been filmed live, according to media reports.Credit: Reuters

11 Sep 2012

U.S. judge rejects whale suit against Navy sub training site

Although North American right whales have been protected from commercial whaling since 1935, their badly depleted population has never recovered and could now number as few as 313, Wood wrote.

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this April 21, 2010 file Photograph. Hopes BP can settle early out of court on liability for its 2010 U.S. Gulf oil spill looked forlorn on Wednesday after U.S. prosecutors laid out a legal case for gross negligence on which tens of billions of dollars hang. In the two years that have passed since the spewing Macondo deepwater well was capped, the Department of Justice (DoJ) has made it clear BP may have a gross negligence case to answer - implying a potential $21 billion fine on top of other payments, some already made, others yet to be determined.Credit: Reuters

11 Sep 2012

Transocean, U.S. discussing $1.5 bln spill settlement

Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and BP Plc was the operator of the Macondo well, which ruptured on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and unleashing the worst-ever U.S. offshore oil spill. London-based BP is also in talks with the Justice Department to resolve criminal and civil claims.

REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

11 Sep 2012

Brownfields do not need to be forever: Evansville Indiana Greenway Site – a success story

Even after years of focus and attention on investigating and cleaning up industrial properties for reuse, many more Brownfields remain vacant and underutilized.

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