Latest Emissions reduction News

Race to cut carbon emissions splits U.S. states on nuclear

Jan. 18, 2022 00:23 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on. Nuclear power is emerging as an answer...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

Louisiana seeks gov. money to plug thousands of orphan wells

Jan. 15, 2022 00:03 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Louisiana is home to 4,605 orphan oil and gas wells, some of them threatening the environment, and now plans to ask the federal government for a Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grant to help pay the estimated $401.7 million cost of plugging them. ...

Germany faces 'gigantic' task meeting energy, climate goals

Jan. 11, 2022 08:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new climate minister said Tuesday that the country faces a “gigantic” task if it wants to achieve its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring sufficient energy for its energy-hungry industry. Robert Habeck, a member of the...

Mining company buys four battery-powered locomotives

Jan. 10, 2022 18:11 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the biggest locomotive manufacturers is selling more of its new battery-powered locomotives as railroads and mining companies work to reduce their carbon emissions. Wabtec said Monday that Rio Tinto has agreed to buy four of its new FLXdrive locomotives for...

Deadly extreme weather year for US as carbon emissions soar

Jan. 10, 2022 13:09 PM EST

The United States staggered through a steady onslaught of deadly billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in an extra hot 2021, while the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year jumped 6% because of surges in coal and long-haul trucking, putting America further behind its 2030 climate...

NC governor expands emission goals, seeks environment equity

Jan. 07, 2022 16:01 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper took executive action on Friday to set more aggressive goals for greenhouse gas reductions and zero-emission vehicles in North Carolina compared to those he set in 2018. The executive order, signed on the campus of North Carolina A&T...

Purdue researchers create the world's whitest white paint

Jan. 02, 2022 10:20 AM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A new paint developed by researchers at Purdue University is the coolest — literally. When Xiulin Ruan, a professor of mechanical engineering at the school, and his graduate students began working on this project seven years ago, they didn’t set out...

France urges green habits with new car ads, bans on plastic

Dec. 31, 2021 08:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — No more plastic packaging around fruits and vegetables and car ads promoting walking and cycling instead of driving: in 2022, French customers will be encouraged to adopt more environmentally friendly habits under a series of new regulations. The measures promoted by...

Ames City Council sets goal of net-zero emissions by 2050

Dec. 23, 2021 08:50 AM EST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Ames City Council has set a goal of the community reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 83% by 2030, and net-zero emissions by 2050. The Ames Tribune reports that the council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to adopt the targets. Residents have been split on...