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In Biden's big bill: Climate, health care, deficit reduction

Aug. 12, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest investment ever in the U.S. to fight climate change. A hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. And billions left over to pay down federal...

House Dems set to overcome GOP for climate, health care win

Aug. 12, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flagship Democratic economic bill perched on the edge of House passage Friday, placing President Joe Biden on the brink of a back-from-the-dead triumph on goals for the climate, health care and taxes that could energize his party ahead of November’s elections. ...

Poland investigates 'ecological catastrophe' of fish die-off

Aug. 12, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has deployed soldiers to help clean up the Oder River, which runs along the border with Germany, after 10 tons of dead fish surfaced from the waterway in what one official described as an “ecological catastrophe.” An association of fishers in...

Sweeping climate bill pushes American energy to go green

Aug. 11, 2022 20:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that it’s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill Friday that would provide...

US launches process to set Idaho mercury pollution standards

Aug. 11, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing proposed aquatic life water quality standards for mercury pollution in Idaho that could have statewide ramifications. The agency on Wednesday made public a proposed remedy resulting from a federal court’s...

Jury can't reach verdict in engineers' Flint water trial

Aug. 11, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint's lead-contaminated water. Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews &...

Massachusetts governor signs major climate bill into law

Aug. 11, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' governor signed into law Thursday a major climate change bill that's meant to bring the state closer to its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker encourages the development of offshore wind...

Wildfires spread, fish die off amid severe drought in Europe

Aug. 11, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe struggled Thursday to contain a huge wildfire in France that has swept through a large swath of pine forest, while Germans and Poles faced a mass fish die-off in a river flowing between their countries. Europe is suffering under a severe...

Politicians, energy experts, advocates on climate bill

Aug. 11, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

Congress is expected on Friday to pass a major bill that includes close to $375 billion in spending related to fighting climate change. The bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, will infuse cash, subsidies and tax breaks into various sectors of the economy, all aimed at making green energy much...

Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters'

Aug. 11, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Landfills are releasing large amounts of planet-warming methane gas into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste and are a significant contributor to such emissions in urban areas, a study suggests. Scientists used satellite data from Delhi and Mumbai...