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Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

Jun. 20, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to global warming, America's political climate may have changed more than the Earth's over the past three decades. NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on June 23, 1988. Looking back, he says: "I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

Jun. 19, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt vehicle pollution rules enforced in California, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease emission standards. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators to begin writing rules that...

Audi names Schot interim CEO, puts jailed Stadler on leave

Jun. 19, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi has named sales chief Abraham 'Bram' Schot as interim CEO following the arrest of Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions cheating. Audi, a division of Volkswagen, said in a statement Tuesday that it has also complied with Stadler's request to temporarily...

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Jun. 18, 2018 11:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.3 percent to 2,953.54 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 2...

Judge orders restrictions for 'Diesel Brothers' stars

Jun. 18, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — Stars of the Discovery Channel show "Diesel Brothers" have been ordered not to modify vehicles in ways that could lead to greater pollution. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment attorney Reed Zars told the Standard-Examiner he was glad a judge intervened with the June 8 order....

Studies show groundwater holding own against drilling boom

Jun. 18, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas. Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making Pennsylvania the...

Derailed train bursts into flames in southwestern Indiana

Jun. 18, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) — A freight train derailed in southwestern Indiana and several train cars caught fire, forcing the evacuation of nearby homes while authorities monitored air quality Monday, officials said. The train derailed Sunday evening near a trailer park in Princeton, about 150 miles (240...

How the Audi CEO's arrest fits into the VW diesel scandal

Jun. 18, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The arrest of the CEO of Volkswagen's Audi division is another milestone in the German automaker's three-year scandal over diesel emissions cheating. Rupert Stadler, who was detained in Germany on Monday, is the highest-level executive at Volkswagen to have been arrested since the scandal...

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Jun. 18, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the country's environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Official estimates project that Europe's biggest economy will trim...

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

Jun. 18, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into the manipulation of emissions controls. The move is an extension of the emissions scandal that has rocked Volkswagen since 2015 and led to billions in fines, the...