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New Mexico utility says it will be emissions-free by 2040

Apr. 22, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider set a goal Monday aimed at going emissions-free as early as 2040, winning praise from the state's top Democratic leaders and environmental groups that have been pushing for years to end the state's reliance on fossil fuels for electricity...

Nevada governor signs bill raising clean energy standard

Apr. 22, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor signed a bill Monday requiring electricity companies to get half of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak was joined by a crowd of Republican and Democratic state lawmakers during the bill signing. "This milestone piece of...

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

Apr. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. The vision sketched out Monday during an...

Oldest southern sea otter in captivity dies in California

Apr. 22, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Charlie, the oldest southern sea otter held by any zoo or aquarium, has died in California. The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach says Charlie died Monday at the age of 22. Male southern sea otters typically only live 10 to 14 years in the wild. Charlie celebrated his birthday...

Mayor wants to ban new glass skyscrapers to cut emissions

Apr. 22, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers as part of his efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30%. In announcing his Green New Deal on Monday, the democratic mayor said all-glass facade skyscrapers are...

SeaWorld publishes decades of orca data to help wild whales

Apr. 22, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The endangered killer whales of the Pacific Northwest live very different lives from orcas in captivity. They swim up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) a day in pursuit of salmon, instead of being fed a steady diet of baitfish and multivitamins. Their playful splashing awes and entertains...

Johns Hopkins to get two-thirds of electricity from solar

Apr. 22, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University says it has reached a long-term agreement to get about two-thirds of the university's electricity from solar power. The university announced on Monday a 15-year agreement with Baltimore-based energy company Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon. It will begin in...

Conservation groups ask judge to halt Trump drilling plan

Apr. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven Western states they say will harm sage grouse. Western Watersheds Project and other groups asked for the injunction in U.S. District Court in Idaho...

The Latest: Tesla to introduce new ride-hailing service

Apr. 22, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Tesla's plans for fully-autonomous vehicles (all times local): ___ 1:50 p.m. Tesla says it will introduce a ride-hailing service with no humans driving the vehicles. CEO Elon Musk and others detailed the company's plans to have self-driving vehicles operational by next...

Detroit denies request to leave petroleum coke pit uncovered

Apr. 22, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Marathon Petroleum's request to avoid covering a petroleum coke storage pit in southwest Detroit has been denied. Detroit's Buildings department says the company failed to show that people living near the refinery would not be affected by emissions. Petroleum coke -- also called pet coke --...