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California and US agree to allow big offshore wind farms

May. 25, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California and the U.S. government announced an agreement Tuesday to open up areas off the state's central and northern coasts to the first commercial wind energy farms on the Pacific Coast. The pact that would float hundreds of turbines off the coast...

Governor caught between key Democratic blocs on oil setbacks

May. 23, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set some of the nation's most ambitious goals for weaning his state off oil, including a ban on the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 and the end of oil production a decade later. But in the near term it's a...

Ship speed limit sought to protect endangered whales in Gulf

May. 11, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A speed limit for ships in part of the Gulf of Mexico south of the Florida Panhandle is needed to protect the few remaining endangered whales there, environmental groups said Tuesday. The groups asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Appeals court tells EPA to ban pesticide or decide it's safe

Apr. 29, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly determine whether a pesticide linked to brain damage in children should be banned, saying the agency had delayed acting on the widely used bug-killer chlorpyrifos for nearly 14...

Senate votes to reinstate methane rules loosened by Trump

Apr. 28, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are moving to reinstate regulations designed to limit climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields, as part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to tackle climate change. The Senate approved a...

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

Apr. 19, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday with 40 world leaders, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on climate change efforts not only in...

Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Apr. 01, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental groups called Thursday for an international ban on trade in a range of Mexican seafood and wildlife, seeking to force Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The United States...

In shift, oil industry group backs federal price on carbon

Mar. 25, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and gas industry's top lobbying group on Thursday endorsed a federal price on carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming, a reversal of longstanding policy that comes as the Biden administration has pledged dramatic steps to address climate change....

High court won't hear fishermen case against ocean monument

Mar. 22, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a fishing group that challenged the creation of a large federally protected area in the Atlantic Ocean. The group sued to try to get rid of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National...