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Fijian leader urges Australia to do more on climate change

Sep. 16, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fiji's prime minister used a state visit on Monday to urge Australia to take more ambitious actions to slash greenhouse gas emissions, a month after differences on climate change policy created anger and frustration at a forum of Pacific island leaders. Voreqe Bainimarama, who...

Volkswagen to pay up to $87 million in Australia for scandal

Sep. 16, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to 127 million Australian dollars ($87 million) to settle an Australian class action stemming from the 2015 diesel emissions scandal, the German automaker and a lawyer said Monday. The settlement was announced in the Federal Court in Sydney by law...

California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California. His announcement came less than a day...

The Latest: EPA revokes water protection regulation

Sep. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plans to revoke an Obama-era clean water rule (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration says revoking an Obama-era rule on waters and wetlands would provide "much-needed regulatory certainty" for farmers, homebuilders and...

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

Sep. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the...

Judge: Suit over farm pollution of Raccoon River may proceed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has handed a significant victory to environmental groups by allowing a lawsuit challenging Iowa's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams to move forward. Judge Robert Hanson in a ruling filed Wednesday said Iowa Citizens For Community...

Merkel: Germany, auto industry face 'Herculean' climate task

Sep. 12, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Environmentalist staged a protest Thursday at the start of the Frankfurt Motor Show, hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that her government and the country's powerful automakers face a "Herculean task" meeting the goals set for combating climate change....

AP-NORC poll: 64% disapprove of Trump's climate change views

Sep. 12, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gets some of his worst marks from the American people when it comes to his handling of climate change, and majorities believe the planet is warming and support government actions that he has sometimes scoffed at. While the administration has rolled back regulations...

House approves oil drilling ban off Atlantic, Pacific coasts

Sep. 11, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved legislation Wednesday that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida's west coast. Coastal lawmakers from both parties said the bills would protect U.S. coasts from drilling that can pollute...

Volkswagen bets big on electric. Will consumers buy in?

Sep. 9, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the European auto market. The cars are the result of big investments in battery technology and new factories driven by...