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German Cabinet OKs 2022 budget plan with more new debt

Jun. 23, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet on Wednesday approved plans for a 2022 budget that foresee an increase in new debt as spending on health and fighting climate change rises. The government plans to spend 443 billion euros ($528 billion) next year, down from 547.7 billion...

New Mexico financial trustees weigh social responsibility

Jun. 23, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Custodians of New Mexico's two multibillion-dollar financial trusts that underwrite public education and infrastructure spending are weighing whether to giver greater weight to issues of social responsibility and sustainability in investment decisions. ...

Mexico's Caribbean coast hit by heavy seaweed, more expected

Jun. 22, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmentalists and tourism operators on Mexico’s Caribbean coast are complaining about mounds of foul-smelling sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — that are piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown. Reports Tuesday said...

Wisconsin bill would tie PFAS grants to lawsuit immunity

Jun. 22, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would create a new $10 million grant program to help communities clean up contamination from “forever chemicals” known as PFAS but would ban them from suing those responsible for the pollution. ...

US appeals court ruling setback for St. Louis-area pipeline

Jun. 22, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday struck down the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a natural gas pipeline that runs through parts of Missouri and Illinois. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 22, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. June 15, 2021. Editorial: Pass it: A gun safety bill even gun-rights groups support More than two years ago, Gary Martin walked into a disciplinary meeting with his supervisors at an Aurora valve manufacturing plant. They told him he...

Australia fights UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef health

Jun. 22, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s proposal. The committee said...

Nonprofit to release 'tree equity' scores for urban areas

Jun. 22, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit could use more trees — about 1.2 million more, according to American Forests. The Washington-based, nonprofit conservation organization on Tuesday published Tree Equity scores for 150,000 neighborhoods in 486 urbanized areas. ...

USVI oil refinery to shutter indefinitely amid violations

Jun. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands that contaminated the environment in a series of events that sickened dozens of people and forced schools to close announced Monday that it would remain shuttered indefinitely. Limetree Bay...

US selects new cleanup contractor for Idaho nuclear site

Jun. 21, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a new $6.4 billion contract to clean up nuclear waste at its sprawling site in Idaho, which includes a national laboratory that does nuclear research. The Energy Department announced Friday that the...