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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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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.

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.

Boise company to pay $14,000 in EPA fines

Associated Press

An Idaho development and construction company will pay the federal government more than $14,000 for failing to prevent pollution in storm water runoffs.

Federal judge won't give Wyoming control of wolves

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday denied requests from the state of Wyoming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and pro-hunting groups to change last week's decision that reinstated federal protections for wolves in the state.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In this photo taken Sept. 17, 2014, house boats are docked at Lake Shasta's Bay Bridge resort near Redding, Calif.  After three years of drought the water level at the lake has dramatically receded.  California's third year of drought ends Tuesday Sept. 30 and California Department of Water Resource Director Mark Cowin said it is essential to use water sparingly as the state faces the possibility of a fourth dry winter.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California ends one of driest-ever water years

Associated Press

California officials are urging residents and businesses to keep conserving water as the state ends another extremely dry "water year" with no guarantee the coming year will be any wetter.

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2012, file photo, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, stands in front of a projected map of the Grand Canyon, as he announces a twenty year ban on new mining claims near the Grand Canyon in Washington. U.S. District Judge David Campbell ruled Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, has upheld a ban on the filing of new hard rock mining claims near the Grand Canyon. Mining industry groups had argued that the ban was irresponsible public policy and violated federal laws. But the federal government and conservationists said it will protect water flowing through the canyon from potential contamination. The 20-year prohibition covers more than 1 million acres rich in high-grade uranium reserves outside Grand Canyon National Park. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Judge upholds ban on new mining claims on 1M acres

- Associated Press

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did not abuse his discretion or violate any laws in prohibiting new hard-rock mining claims on one million acres near the Grand Canyon, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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.

Obama to expand ocean preserve to 6 times the size

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama is carving out a wide swath the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the waters off-limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life.

United States President Barack Obama addresses the Climate Summit, at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

FACT CHECK: Obama's UN speech spins statistics

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama glossed over some inconvenient truths Tuesday in his climate-change speech to the United Nations. For one, as the U.S. cleans up emissions at home, it's sending dirty fuel abroad to pollute the same sky.