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Forecasters predict busy Central Pacific hurricane season

May. 22, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and the Central Pacific could experience more storms than normal during this year's hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Wednesday there will be five to eight named tropical cyclones in the region from June 1 through Nov. 30. Four to five...

Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine

May. 22, 2019 4:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government leader intervened on Wednesday to fast-track a proposed coal mine days after voters rejected tougher action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country's general election. The Carmichael mine proposed by India's Adani Mining in Queensland state...

Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety

May. 21, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the state Department of Natural Resources, said lawmakers did...

Wind developer seeks proposals for whale monitoring system

May. 21, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it's seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track the critically endangered species. The company says the system will...

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

May. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the...

Australia's conservative coalition wins surprise 3rd term

May. 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's ruling conservative coalition won a surprise victory in the country's general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. "I have...

Utility, regulatory failures led to biggest US gas leak

May. 17, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a Los Angeles natural gas well in 2015 that led to the largest-known release of methane in U.S. history was the result of a corroded pipe casing, safety failures by a utility and inadequate regulations, according to an investigation report released Friday. Southern...

Group raises concerns over New Mexico's landmark energy law

May. 17, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Proponents of New Mexico's energy industry say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark legislation that set ambitious new renewable energy goals. In one...

2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

May. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming...

Jarmusch, Gomez, Murray talk modern horrors at Cannes

May. 15, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The Jim Jarmusch zombie movie "The Dead Don't Die" includes masses of flesh-eating zombies and an Earth thrown off its axis by "polar fracking." But the teeming Cannes Film Festival, where "The Dead Don't Die" premiered Tuesday as the opening-night film, has hordes and horrors of its...