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Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to the sea...

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

Nov. 13, 2019 7:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. So is increasing plane travel. And the...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Idaho, Energy Department sign deal on spent nuclear fuel

Nov. 7, 2019 12:39 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho granted a conditional waiver Thursday to the U.S. Department of Energy that could allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years of blocking such shipments. The agreement announced by Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, both...

Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and...

Timber investment firm to sell off $3K in acreage

Nov. 4, 2019 1:22 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A timber investment firm is selling more than 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) along the Columbia River that has been used to grow poplar trees, a newspaper reported Monday. Greenwood Resources had used the land to grow poplar trees for the U.S. paper industry, but experts say stiff...

Climate activists nab Macron portraits, divide French judges

Nov. 3, 2019 3:41 AM EST

LYON, France (AP) — Is stealing a presidential portrait a prison-worthy crime? Or a laudable act of civil disobedience? Courts around France are grappling with this question in response to an unusual new environmental movement that's aiming to push French President Emmanuel Macron to do more to fight...

Coal plant on tribal land to close after powering US West

Nov. 3, 2019 3:21 AM EST

ALONG THE BLACK MESA AND LAKE POWELL RAILROAD, Ariz. (AP) — Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll...

Dutch emission reduction targets probably won't be met

Nov. 1, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands is unlikely to reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030 despite a tough package of measures agreed in June, a government agency said Friday. The Environmental Assessment Agency said in a report that the government's climate accord , will reduce...