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  • Pressure mounting on US to export natural gas

    As US gas supplies grow, companies are eager to export natural gas. Should US let the market operate or continue preserving natural gas for domestic use only?

  • Green flights? NASA explores biofuel use in planes.

    Commercial jets could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil, NASA researchers said Thursday. NASA is one of several government agencies examining the use of renewable biofuels to reduce dependency on foreign oil while reducing carbon emissions.

  • Exxon Mobil earnings up despite drop in oil, gas production

    Exxon Mobil announced a rise in earnings in the first quarter despite a decline in production of oil and gas. Profits from chemicals production and lower taxes helped Exxon Mobil offset the drop in oil and gas production.

  • Giant snail invasion hits South Florida. Gooey mess.

    Giant snail invasion puts more than 500 plant species and even stucco and plaster at risk. More than 1,000 giant African land snails caught each week in Miami and invasion expected to spread in upcoming rainy season. 

  • China temperature spikes linked to burning of fossil fuels

    A new study from Chinese and Canadian researchers links the burning of fossil fuels to China's rise in its daily temperature spikes. China emits more greenhouse gas than the next two biggest carbon polluters – the US and India – combined.

  • John Denver property sale threatens conservation efforts

    John Denver property in Colorado is for sale, a move seen by some environmentalists as the unofficial end to the John Denver's vision to protect some of the land west of Aspen from being overrun by developers.

  • Fasten seatbelts, air passengers. Climate change ahead.

    Transatlantic flights will be bumpier by 2050 because of rising CO2 emissions, a new study finds. Turbulent episodes could double and the average strength of turbulence would also rise 10 to 40 percent.  

  • BP trial witness says well 'drilled safely' in Gulf oil spill

    BP called its first witness Monday in the trial over the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster. The witness, a retired petroleum engineering professor, said BP safely drilled its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico before an April 2010 blowout triggered the worst US offshore oil spill.

  • GE's latest energy play: Lufkin

    General Electric to pay $33 billion for oilfield equipment maker Lufkin. General Electric hopes to cash in on energy boom with purchase of Lufkin and other energy-equipment manufacturers.  

  • Judge rejects BP bid to block Gulf spill payouts

    BP's request to block settlement payouts associated with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was rejected Friday by a federal judge. BP estimated a year ago that it would spend roughly $7.8 billion to resolve tens of thousands of claims by businesses and individuals covered by the settlement. 

  • For some farmers, a return to animal power

    A nonprofit based in Michigan teaches animal-powered farming at home and abroad. Draft power, or animal traction, is a method smaller farmers still use because draft animals cost less than tractors and require no fuel.

  • Lake Erie: big algae problems, more to come

    Lake Erie's huge algae bloom in 2011 covered nearly a fifth of the lake. A new report says warming climate and modern farming are creating ideal conditions for big algae blooms to clog Lake Erie.  

  • Spread of Antarctic ice: no longer a global warming paradox?

    While Arctic ice shrinks to record lows, Antarctic ice has been increasing in winter. New study suggests summer melt in Antarctic is creating a surface layer of freshwater that freezes more readily in winter. 

  • Kansas House pushes for approval of Keystone XL pipeline

    The Kansas House of Representatives adopted a resolution Tuesday urging President Barack Obama and the State Department to approve permits to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to begin. Federal approval is required because the Keystone XL pipeline crosses international boundaries.

  • Endangered giraffe born in Connecticut center

    Endangered Rothschild giraffe 'Petal' gives birth to the first calf born at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center. Two other endangered Rothschild giraffes are pregnant at the Connecticut center.

  • Winter storm dumps snow on Great Plains, Midwest

    More than a foot of snow fell in some places across the Great Plains and Midwest Saturday in an early spring snowstorm. The snow started falling around midnight in northeast Colorado with the snowstorm moving into northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska.

  • Late snowstorm hits winter-weary Northeast

    Snow and sleet delayed the start of school in some areas of the Northeast Tuesday and made the morning commute an icy, slippery mess a day before spring starts. Storm-weary commuters in New England were hoping this would be the last snowstorm until next winter.

  • Boeing: Two weeks to wrap up 787 battery tests

    Boeing shows off its fixes to keep its 787 batteries from burning, including nonconductive tape and a glass shield. Boeing hopes to finish its battery testing in two weeks and get its grounded 787 Dreamliners flying again.

  • Three endangered shark species get protection

    Global conference agrees to regulate trade in three sharks prized for their fins. Nations decide oceanic whitetip, hammerhead, and porbeagle sharks are more valuable alive than dead.

  • NTSB: Dreamliner battery fire more serious than first thought

    NTSB released new documents indicating  that a battery fire on a 787 Dreamliner took an hour and 40 minutes to extinguish. The smoke reduced visibility to zero and the heat was so intense it melted a stainless steel casing for Dreamliner's lithium-ion batteries, according to the NTSB.