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14 climate activists arrested for trespassing at Statehouse

Dec. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island capital and state police arrested 14 climate activists at the Statehouse for trespassing Friday night. Several hundred citizens gathered on the Statehouse steps in Providence asking Gov. Gina Raimondo to decline contributions from fossil fuel companies or to sign on to...

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...

Transmission line foes press for full environmental review

Dec. 5, 2019 6:18 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed $1 billion transmission project that would bring Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid urged the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday to perform a full environmental impact statement, one that CMP says would delay a final...

Renewable energy groups push NY to put a price on carbon

Dec. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Renewable energy groups are pushing New York to help meet its ambitious climate change goals by charging electric generators for the carbon pollution they create. Putting a price on carbon will help New York meets its aggressive goal of 70% of its electricity coming from wind, solar and...

Attempted recall over rep's environmental vote fails

Dec. 5, 2019 1:47 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A group that was trying to recall an Oregon state representative over her votes to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and taxes says the effort has failed. Timber Unity announced Wednesday that it fell short of collecting the 4,883 signatures required to force a recall election of Rep....

UN climate talks aim to pave way for global carbon market

Dec. 5, 2019 11:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — On a cold afternoon in late November, Jan Gerrit Otterpohl eyes the chimneys of Berlin’s Heizkraftwerk Mitte, a state-of-the-art power plant that supplies the city with heat and electricity. It’s not the billowing steam he’s interested in, but the largely invisible carbon...

Clean air officials issue burn ban in Yakima County

Dec. 5, 2019 9:56 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Clean air officials have upgraded a burn ban across Yakima County to include all wood-burning devices, certified or not, until further notice. The Yakima Daily Herald reports the Yakima Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban Wednesday on all uncertified fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet...

German farmers won’t appeal climate lawsuit defeat

Dec. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Three German farming families say they won’t appeal a court’s decision to dismiss their climate change lawsuit against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. The families, who were backed by environmental group Greenpeace, said Thursday that the ruling in October had set an...

No. 1-ranked Japanese amateur takes Australian Open lead

Dec. 4, 2019 10:29 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — World No. 1-ranked amateur Takumi Kanaya birdied his final two holes Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the Australian Open. Playing the back nine at The Australian Golf Course to open his round, the Japanese player had five birdies. He bogeyed the par-4 third hole...

EU climate leadership in doubt as bloc set to miss 2030 goal

Dec. 4, 2019 3:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change. The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its...