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"Climate action is not just a defensive play, it advances the ball. We can turn our challenge into an opportunity to modernize our power sector and build a low-carbon economy that will fuel growth for decades to come," Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday in a speech at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit research organization. (Associated Press)

EPA chief’s climate pitch ignores rising electric prices

- The Washington Times

Gina McCarthy argued Thursday that her home state of Massachusetts is proof you can cut greenhouse gas emissions while fostering economic prosperity, but the Environmental Protection Agency administrator failed to mention the apparent trade-off for consumers: dramatically higher electricity prices.

Protestors and police wrestle near a barricade on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway during a march demanding action on climate change and corporate greed, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, a day after a huge climate march in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Climate article points up tensions for newspaper

- The Washington Times

The Los Angeles Times won’t run letters from climate-change “deniers,” so readers may have been surprised to find an article in Monday’s edition on research concluding that natural changes in the wind — not fossil-fuel emissions — are driving West Coast land and sea warming.

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Texas city sued over fracking moratorium

Associated Press

A group of mineral royalty owners has sued the city of Denton over its temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, claiming the ban violates property rights.

Draft water rules tied to fish consumption out

- Associated Press

The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday released a draft rule that updates contentious water quality standards partly tied to how much fish people eat.

Climate plan faces test in Montana coal country

- Associated Press

Gov. Steve Bullock's assertion that Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without shutting down power plants will get its first public test in the heart of coal country.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock presents the Montana Department of Labor and Industry's Labor Day report released Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Helena, Mont., while Montana Labor and Industry Commissioner Pam Bucy, center, and Lt. Gov. Angela McLean listen. State officials say Montana ranks in the top five states for employment growth, but it faces slower growth in the future as an aging workforce retires.  (AP Photo/Lisa Baumann)

Climate plan's first test in Montana coal country

- Associated Press

Gov. Steve Bullock's assertion that Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without shutting down power plants will get its first public test in the heart of coal country.

FILE - This 2005 file photo provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department shows waterfowl swimming on wetland in McHenry County, N D. The North Dakota Grain Growers Association is raising questions about the working relationship between the federal government's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the private group Ducks Unlimited that works to boost wetlands and waterfowl. (AP Photo/North Dakota Game and Fish Department, File)

Federal agency defends use of Ducks Unlimited

- Associated Press

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is defending its use of three Ducks Unlimited employees in North Dakota, saying the partnership aids the agency, taxpayers and landowners.

Young zebra mussels found again in North Dakota

Associated Press

Young zebra mussels have been detected in the Red River near Wahpeton after a two-year absence, and North Dakota residents are urged to be vigilant against the invasive species.

This 2014 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology shows bleached coral at Lisianski Island in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The pale coral is bleached due to thermal stress, while the lavender-colored coral is healthy. (AP Photo/NOAA and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Courtney Couch)

Scientists see bleached coral in northwest Hawaii

- Associated Press

Warm ocean temperatures have caused large expanses of coral to bleach in the pristine reefs northwest of Hawaii's main islands, scientists said Tuesday.

Man bitten by rabid skunk in Burlington

Associated Press

Police are reminding residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies and to avoid wild animals after a man was bitten by a rabid skunk in a wooded area of Burlington.

FILE-This Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 file photo conveyors carry mixed plastic into a device that will shred recycle them at a plastics recycling plant in Vernon, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon,File)

A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban

- Associated Press

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

A firefighter briefly goes without his helmet as he prepares to put on a mask while hosing down a building on fire Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. No injuries were reported in the fire, which sent flames bursting through the roof of the building and created a large plume of smoke visible from downtown. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Large fire burns, releases chemicals in Seattle

- Associated Press

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals.

In this Nov. 10, 2013 photo provided by Brandon Holton, a Wildlife Biologist with the Science and Resource Management at the at the Grand Canyon National Park, elks interact with visitors at the south kaibab water station at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.  The animals are helping themselves by lifting the spring-loaded levers at the stations with their noses and letting the water flow. Officials at the Grand Canyon plan to elk-proof the stations to outsmart the animals, conserve water and protect visitors from aggressive behavior.  (AP Photo/U.S. National Park Service)

Elk nose into Grand Canyon water stations

- Associated Press

Grand Canyon officials have reduced waste by banning disposable plastic water bottles and installing water stations for visitors.