Latest Emissions reduction News

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Aug. 8, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. "The cycle...

Tennessee Valley Authority ups nuclear output, cuts carbon

Aug. 6, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's completed a $475 million upgrade at its oldest nuclear power plant in a move that helped boost the amount of electricity it produces without carbon emissions. The Times Free Press reports modifications to reactors at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in...

State to use $7.5M from VW settlement on clean air projects

Aug. 2, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is making $7.5 million available to fund clean air projects. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Friday this money comes from the state's share of a national settlement in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. It's the second round of...

MARTA wins grant to swap diesel buses for electric

Jul. 30, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's public transit operator has been awarded a $2.6 million grant to replace diesel buses with zero-emission electric buses. MARTA announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday. The new electric fleet will help cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy...

New York farms get $2.3M to reduce climate change impacts

Jul. 26, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is awarding $2.3 million to 24 farms to help them reduce their climate change impacts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced the funding on Friday. The money is part of a state program launched in 2015 that helps farmers reduce carbon emissions and energy use while...

Central Illinois city gets $2.3M for low-emission buses

Jul. 25, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois city is receiving over $2.3 million in federal grants to upgrade its fleet of buses to make them more environmentally friendly. Illinois members of Congress announced on Wednesday that the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District will use the money to purchase zero- and...

California governor signs bill to clean up drinking water

Jul. 24, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday signed a law that will take up to $130 million of state money each year that was supposed to clean up the air and instead use it to clean up drinking water. Despite its status as the world's fifth largest economy, California has struggled to...

DTE Energy proposes purchase of 3 new wind parks in Michigan

Jul. 21, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy is planning to buy three new wind parks in Michigan that are expected to help lower carbon emissions from the utility's operations. The Detroit-based utility says Michigan's Public Service Commission has granted conditional approval for the proposed purchase. Two of the wind parks...

New York's climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

Jul. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive...