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This Feb. 27, 2020 photo released by the Brazilian Navy shows cargo ship Stellar Banner partially emerged offshore of Sao Luis in Maranhao state, Brazil. The cargo ship grounded off the coast of Brazil has begun leaking oil, the country's environmental enforcement agency said Friday. (Brazilian Navy via AP)

Grounded cargo ship leaking oil off Brazilian coast

Feb. 28, 2020 4:48 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A cargo ship grounded off the coast of Brazil has begun leaking oil, the country's environmental enforcement agency said Friday. A thin spill of oil extended as far as 830 meters (2,720 feet) from the partially submerged Stellar Banner, according to the Brazilian Institute of the...

International company settles EPA water pollution lawsuit

Feb. 28, 2020 12:11 PM EST

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — A manufacturer of commercial explosives will pay a $2.9 million civil penalty and make substantial improvements to plants in Missouri to settle a federal lawsuit contending it discharged excessive amounts of pollutants into two waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency sued Dyno...

A worker completes an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Volkswagen are completely converting the plant in Zwickau from 100 percent combustion engine to 100 percent electric. Around 100,000 electric models are to be produced in Zwickau as early as next year. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

VW agrees to $912 million payments for Germans who sued

Feb. 28, 2020 8:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German auto giant Volkswagen agreed Friday to pay 830 million euros ($912 million) in damages to hundreds of thousands of customers whose diesel cars were outfitted with software to manipulate emissions readings. The settlement offer was negotiated with Germany’s consumer protection...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon Democrats subpoena boycotting GOP lawmakers

Feb. 27, 2020 9:42 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Stymied by a walkout by Republican lawmakers in the Oregon Legislature over a climate change bill, Democrats on Thursday said they will issue subpoenas to try to compel their return. Oregon has become a front line in the battle over how to address global warming, with Democrats...

Special prosecutor Michael Doyle speaks during opening statements during the Arkema Inc. criminal trial at Harris County Criminal Courthouse Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Houston. Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, along with three senior staff members are on trial over a fire at the Houston-area chemical plant that was overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey's flooding in 2017. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Prosecutor: Arkema jeopardized public safety during Harvey

Feb. 27, 2020 5:09 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A company that owns a suburban Houston chemical plant jeopardized public safety when it failed to remove dangerous chemicals ahead of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, resulting in a blaze that sent toxic smoke into the air and injured first responders, prosecutors told jurors on Thursday. Arkema...

Campaigners protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice where a Court of Appeal ruling is taking place on the Heathrow expansion row, in London, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Britain's Court of Appeal is preparing to publish its decision in a case that could stall the 14 billion pound ($18 billion) plan to expand Heathrow Airport amid concerns about climate change, pollution and noise. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

UK court blocks Heathrow expansion over climate concerns

Feb. 27, 2020 11:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Heathrow Airport's plans to increase capacity of Europe's biggest travel hub by over 50% were stalled Thursday when a British court said the government failed to consider its commitment to combat climate change when it approved the project. The ruling throws in doubt the future of the 14...

FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a mechanized shovel loads a haul truck that can carry up to 250 tons of coal at the Spring Creek coal mine near Decker, Mont. The Trump administration says the resumption of coal sales from public lands will result in a negligible increase in greenhouse gas emissions, but critics say that ignores the federal coal programs broader impacts. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

US says resuming coal sales has little impact; critics balk

Feb. 26, 2020 7:34 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday a resumption of coal sales from public lands that had been blocked under former President Barack Obama will result in a negligible increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Critics accused the administration of producing a flawed analysis of the...

Colorado highway project faces setback after plutonium found

Feb. 26, 2020 7:18 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A planned highway that would complete a belt route around the Denver area has seen a major setback after a city pulled out over elevated plutonium levels found in soil along the route near a former nuclear weapons plant. The Broomfield City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to withdraw from...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Dire warning in ship salvage lawsuit not repeated in court

Feb. 25, 2020 8:26 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Officials for a salvage company suing to halt demolition of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast appeared to back away Tuesday from claims that sawing the vessel into enormous chunks would cause an “environmental catastrophe.” Officials from the salvage firm...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...