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Dow sinks 1,800 as virus cases rise, deflating optimism

Stocks fell sharply Thursday on Wall Street as coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased again, deflating recent optimism for a quick economic recovery and raising more doubts about how long the market’s scorching comeback can last.

Judge strikes down US energy leasing rules in bird habitat

A U.S. judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to increase domestic oil and gas output from public lands, saying officials failed to protect habitat for a declining bird species when it issued energy leases on hundreds of square miles.

Takeaways from renewable energy’s struggles amid pandemic

The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction and sowed doubts about major projects on the drawing board. As many as 120,000 jobs in solar and 35,000 in wind could be lost, trade groups say.

10 ways to cut home energy costs

Now that many of us are home 24/7 staring at our walls, we might also be staring at our utility bills. It’s a good moment to make changes and save dollars – especially before the air conditioning and sprinklers get turned on.

Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on Tuesday.

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-U.S. oil pipeline

A Canadian company said Monday that it’s started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UN watchdog: Iran providing access to active nuclear sites

Iran continues to provide international inspectors access to its active nuclear facilities, even after its announcement it was no longer bound by “any restrictions” of the landmark 2015 deal with world powers designed to prevent the country from producing a nuclear weapon, the head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog agency said Monday.

3 structures at high risk of collapsing at Hanford site

Three radioactively contaminated structures are at high risk of collapsing on a former nuclear weapons production site, but could be stabilized by filling them with a concrete-like grout within the next year, the federal government said.

Christmas is over. Here’s how to get rid of your tree

The city is offering free curbside pickup of discarded Christmas trees. Residents who celebrated the holiday with fresh-cut trees can leave them beside their trash and recycling bins on regularly scheduled pickup days.