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Big global climate protests on Friday get union support

Sep. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join worldwide demonstrations this week ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York, as unions and some businesses lend their support for faster action to fight climate change. Organizers said Monday that more than 800 events were planned in the...

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...

State: Proposed deal with company would reduce air pollution

Sep. 15, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama chemical plant has been emitting sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid mist into the atmosphere, state and federal authorities say in court documents. A complaint recently filed in federal court accuses Nouryon Functional Chemicals of polluting the air from its sulfuric acid plant...

Minnesota labor unions divided over the Green New Deal

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two national leaders of the Service Employees International Union recently came to St. Paul to talk about the union's latest initiative to fight climate change: the Green New Deal. Earlier this summer, the SEIU executive board passed a resolution endorsing the sweeping measure proposed...

Germany's Merkel faces decisive week on climate protection

Sep. 14, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany faces a decisive week in its efforts to combat climate change, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging Saturday that Europe's biggest economy will find good solutions but her governing coalition still haggling over a long-promised policy package. Merkel's government has said for months...

Maine receives $2.5 million in latest greenhouse gas auction

Sep. 14, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Utility regulators say Maine has received nearly $2.5 million in the latest auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances. Maine is among nine New England and mid-Atlantic states that participate in the program. Such states limit, or cap, carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to...

County OKs shoreline permits for Kalama methanol plant

Sep. 13, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — The proposed methanol plant in Kalama, Washington, has taken another step forward after Cowlitz County affirmed the project should get the shoreline permits as previously granted. The Daily News reports the county Department of Building and Planning reviewed the shoreline permits under...

As Indonesia fires rage, schools and airport forced to close

Sep. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities closed an airport on Sumatra island on Friday due to poor visibility caused by smoke from raging fires burning through peatland, while schools in several provinces and in neighboring Malaysia closed due to the hazardous haze. Fluctuating visibility that at...

India capital to temporarily restrict cars to curb pollution

Sep. 13, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities on Friday announced a plan to restrict the movement of private cars in the capital for nearly two weeks after a major Hindu festival that features fireworks that cloak the area with toxic smog and dust. Private cars running on petrol and diesel will be allowed in New...