Latest Environmental policy News

Federal policy change sparks debate over Alaska's Tongass

Jul. 30, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Critics and proponents are debating the merits of changes to federal environmental policy, including the effects on management of Alaska's Tongass National Forest. The largest U.S. national forest will probably be impacted by the Trump administration’s recent revisions to the...

Study shows New Jersey beaches topped bacteria levels in '19

Jul. 23, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey beaches exceeded EPA levels for fecal bacteria more than 70 times in 2019, according to a study released Thursday. The study by Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center found that two beaches, Beachwood Beach West in Beachwood and the 25th Street Bay Front Beach in...

Wealthier neighborhoods can claim a greater share of pollution primarily because they have larger homes.

Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor

Jul. 20, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

Rich Americans produce nearly 25% more heat-trapping gases than poorer people at home, according to a comprehensive study of U.S. residential carbon footprints. Scientists studied 93 million housing units in the nation to analyze how much greenhouse gases are being spewed in different locations and by income,...

President Donald speaks during an event on American infrastructure at UPS Hapeville Airport Hub, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump reins in major environmental law to speed big projects

Jul. 15, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he is rolling back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles infrastructure projects, but that is credited with keeping big construction projects from fouling up the environment and ensuring there is public input on major...

EU watchdog to probe trade pact with South American nations

Jul. 10, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s independent watchdog has launched an inquiry into the bloc’s trade agreement with the Mercosur group of South American countries after environmental and rights groups complained that the deal does not respect the EU’s legal obligations. The European...

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, a small boat navigates on the Solimoes River near Manaus, Brazil. In the remote Amazon community of Betania, indigenous Tikuna tribe members suspect the new coronavirus arrived in May of 2020 after some returned from a two-hour boat trip down the Solimoes River to pick up their government benefit payments. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Investors warn Brazil ambassadors about Amazon deforestation

Jun. 23, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A group of mostly European investment firms has sent a joint letter to Brazilian ambassadors in their countries to express concern over rising Amazon deforestation. Storebrand Asset Management, based in Norway, collected the signatures of 29 companies, which include Legal &...

Rules allow increased hunting, trapping in Alaska preserves

Jun. 10, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration has enacted new rules to increase hunting and trapping on federal wildlife preserves in Alaska. Conservation groups have said the move supports the killing of predators and their young while some state leaders, hunters and a tribal consortium praised the...

FILE - In this June 8, 2017, file photo, fresh nuts, bolts and fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline near St. Ignace, Mich., as Enbridge prepares to test the east and west sides of the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City, Mich. Enbridge Inc. has produced legally acceptable plans for dealing with a potential spill from oil pipelines that cross a Michigan channel linking two of the Great Lakes, according to a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a court ruling June 5, 2020. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

Federal court upholds Enbridge's Great Lakes spill plans

Jun. 9, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge has produced legally acceptable plans for dealing with a potential spill from oil pipelines that cross a Michigan channel linking two of the Great Lakes, according to a federal appeals court. A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week overruled a...

Environmental groups to host virtual congressional forum

Jun. 6, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Environmental groups are planning to host a virtual candidate forum for 11 candidates vying for the state’s 4th Congressional District seat. The seat is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, who is challenging fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the party’s primary for...

Trump seeks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

Jun. 4, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews, invoking special powers he has under the coronavirus emergency. Separately Thursday, the...