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The Farmers Defense Force flag, right, and Dutch flags, fly in the wind on an intersection blocked by tractors in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Dutch farmers, some driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch farmers protest in The Hague against emissions policy

Feb. 19, 2020 6:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Angry Dutch farmers converged on The Hague on Wednesday in the latest protest against the government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide. As tractors poured into the city, the Dutch military parked large trucks across strategic roads to prevent farmers from driving...

President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

Groups challenge Louisiana permits for plastics plant

Feb. 14, 2020 6:59 PM EST

Environmental and community groups that want to keep a Taiwanese company's plastics complex out of south Louisiana went to court Friday to challenge state air quality permits. The groups include those that sued in federal court last month to challenge the Army Corps of Engineers' permits for the Formosa Plastics...

File---Picture taken on Nov.4, 2019 shows the VW logo on a car at a VW factory opening ceremony for electric cars in Zwickau,  Germany. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

Volkswagen offers 830 mln-euro diesel settlement in Germany

Feb. 14, 2020 10:23 AM EST

Automaker Volkswagen has offered 830 million euros as a settlement for owners of diesel vehicles that used software to mask excessive emissions. The company said Friday it was making the offer after talks broke down with a German consumer association that had been negotiating for a deal over fees for the...

Block Island marina expansion suffers another setback

Feb. 12, 2020 8:15 AM EST

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island Superior Court judge has affirmed decisions by a coastal regulator against a nearly two-decade-old plan to expand a marina. Judge Kristin Rodgers ruled Tuesday that the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council did not violate the rights of Champlin's Marina...

FILE - In this May 17, 2015, file photo, a Louisiana black bear, sub-species of the black bear that was protected under the Endangered Species Act, is seen in a water oak tree in Marksville, La. A federal judge in Washington has thrown out a lawsuit on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to remove Louisiana black bears from the “threatened” list, wrote District Judge John Bate. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Lawsuit to protect real-life ‘teddy bears’ tossed by judge

Feb. 11, 2020 5:54 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to return federal protection to the real bears that inspired teddy bears has been thrown out by a federal judge. The people and environmental groups who sued in 2018 didn’t provide any evidence to back up their claims that they would be hurt by the decision to...

A protester holds a placard at a rally of advocates to voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which is the country's basic charter for protection of the outdoors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes,...

Omega Protein's Menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. The last east coast fishery now produces fish oil for health supplements and faces a possible moratorium over concerns about overfishing in the Chesapeake Bay. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Last of its kind, fishery faces reckoning in Chesapeake Bay

Feb. 11, 2020 11:33 AM EST

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) — For a guy who left school after 11th grade, George Ball figures he has the best-paying job available on this rural stretch of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. He catches a fish called Atlantic menhaden, used to make fish oil pills and farm-raised salmon feed, and earns about $50,000 a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 file photo Ola Kaellenius, CEO of the car manufacturer Mercedes, stands next to a 'Vision EQS' car at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, issues fourth-quarter and full year earnings and provides business update at news conference. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Daimler profits slump as auto industry comes under pressure

Feb. 11, 2020 7:38 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, saw profit slump in 2019 and turned in a loss for the fourth quarter, underlining the pressures on the auto industry from economic headwinds and the need to invest in electric cars to meet tougher European Union limits on greenhouse gases...

Germany seeks British man's arrest in carbon trading scam

Feb. 10, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Monday they are seeking the arrest of a British businessman charged with heading a criminal gang that stole 125 million euros ($133 million) by fraudulently trading in carbon emissions. Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the 46-year-old man “substantially organized...