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Parched California moves to boost water saving toilets, faucets

SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 (Reuters) - With California facing its worst drought in a century, state officials have fast-tracked first-in-the-nation water efficiency standards for new toilets, urinals and faucets, an action expected to save about 8.2 billion gallons of water the first year while cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base

WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005 - EPA

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

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U.S. EPA studies whether to regulate methane from oil and gas

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday took a step toward a wider strategy to address climate change, releasing five technical papers that will help it decide whether or not to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

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U.S. appeals court upholds hazardous air pollution rule

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year.

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California lawmaker scraps plan to replace carbon market with tax on fuels

SACRAMENTO, April 14 (Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker in California on Monday backed off an unpopular plan to tax gasoline and diesel fuels and instead proposed a less controversial plan to spend up to $5 billion a year from the state's fledgling carbon program on affordable housing and mass transit.

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U.S. Northeast carbon slips, sees surge in speculative buying

SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 (Reuters) - Front-month carbon emissions permits for the U.S. Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) were valued at $4.54 a ton on Friday, down 3 cents from Thursday as a broad coalition of buyers continue to show interest in the carbon market, sources said.

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Hollywood heavyweights put climate change manifesto on TV

LOS ANGELES, April 10 (Reuters) - As temperatures continue to rise and habitats come under threat, a group of Hollywood heavyweights is seeking to bring the spotlight back on climate change with a new documentary.

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California issues first forestry offsets for carbon market

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9 (Reuters) - California air regulators on Wednesday issued the first carbon offset credits for a forest protection project, credits that power companies and others large emitters can use to meet their compliance obligations under the state's greenhouse gas reduction program.

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US EPA chief says power plant rule will be tough, enforceable

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's chief said on Monday that new carbon pollution standards due in June will be flexible enough for all states to meet but will be environmentally stringent and federally enforceable.

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Solar company Sungevity receives $70 million investment

SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 (Reuters) - Rooftop solar company Sungevity on Friday said it will receive $70 million in new equity financing from a group of investors including Duesseldorf, Germany-based E.ON, one of the world’s largest investor-owned utilities.

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Chile follows Mexico and wants to tax carbon emissions

SAO PAULO, April 4 (Reuters) - Chile's government wants to impose a tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from thermal power plants, the second major economy in Latin America to resort to environmental taxation to discourage the use of carbon-intensive fuels.

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California carbon stuck near floor price amid oversupply fears

SAN FRANCISCO, April 3 (Reuters) - California’s benchmark carbon allowance contract settled at $11.92 a metric tonne on Thursday, unchanged from the previous day’s close and just above the cap and trade program’s auction floor price amid ongoing concern that the market is over supplied with allowances.

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Apple, Facebook, Google Web data centers getting greener -report

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2 (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Google Inc and Facebook Inc have made significant progress in adopting renewable energy sources to power their Web services, the environmental group Greenpeace said in a report on Wednesday.

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