Latest Environmental policy News

Federal judge throws out oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico

Jan. 27, 2022 21:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has rejected a plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling, saying the Biden administration did not adequately take into account the lease sale's effect on planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, violating a bedrock...

Kerry warns governments falling short on climate efforts

Jan. 27, 2022 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top diplomats of the United States and the world's other worst climate-polluting nations talked global warming together Thursday for the first time since November's U.N. summit, with U.S. climate envoy John Kerry urging tougher commitments by the end of the year from governments...

Farmers' protest in Spain highlights rural concerns

Jan. 23, 2022 10:05 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Farmers, cattle-breeders, hunters and opposition supporters descended Sunday on the Spanish capital of Madrid to protest environmental and economic policies by Spain’s left-of-center government that they say are hurting rural communities. Sunday’s protest was...

Peru: 21 beaches polluted by spill linked to Tonga eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 20:28 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru declared an environmental emergency on Thursday after announcing that 21 beaches on the Pacific coast were contaminated by an oil spill at a refinery run by Spain-based Repsol, following surging waves caused by the eruption of an underwater volcano near Tonga. ...

German leader champions new tack on climate at Davos event

Jan. 19, 2022 16:01 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Wednesday for a “paradigm shift” in the way the world approaches climate policy, saying his country would leverage its presidency of the Group of Seven industrial nations this year to push for standards to fight global warming. ...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 13, 2022 16:58 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 11 The Washington Post on “why Democrats should push hard on voting rights”: Speaking in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden tried to reinvigorate Democrats’ push to pass two...

Fed nominee Brainard: Fighting inflation is top priority

Jan. 13, 2022 13:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lael Brainard, President Joe Biden's nominee for the Federal Reserve's No. 2 spot, said Thursday that combating high inflation is the central bank's top priority and said she believed the Fed could reduce it without sacrificing economic growth. Testifying at her...

As spending bill stalls, Biden climate goals remain elusive

Jan. 08, 2022 13:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden faces a steep path to achieve his ambitious goal of slashing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, amid legislative gridlock that has stalled a $2 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives. Biden’s Build...

Environmental justice in spotlight as WH official departs

Jan. 06, 2022 16:25 PM EST

The White House's top official on environmental justice is stepping down a year after President Joe Biden took office with an ambitious plan to help disadvantaged communities and overhaul policies that have historically hurt them. The departure Friday of Cecilia Martinez, senior...