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Minnesota labor unions divided over the Green New Deal

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two national leaders of the Service Employees International Union recently came to St. Paul to talk about the union's latest initiative to fight climate change: the Green New Deal. Earlier this summer, the SEIU executive board passed a resolution endorsing the sweeping measure proposed...

Greta Thunberg brings environmental campaign to Washington

Sep. 13, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who helped spark a youth-driven push for climate change, has come to Washington. Thunberg and about 1,500 protesters, many of them schoolchildren, marched and chanted near the White House on Friday. They are calling for immediate action from the...

The Latest: EPA revokes water protection regulation

Sep. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plans to revoke an Obama-era clean water rule (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration says revoking an Obama-era rule on waters and wetlands would provide "much-needed regulatory certainty" for farmers, homebuilders and...

Protests spark over drilling near national monument in Utah

Sep. 12, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government has sold drilling rights to about 40 square miles (104 square kilometers) of land near the Utah-Colorado border considered archaeologically sensitive to an energy firm. Environmentalists and tribal organizations are protesting a decision announced Wednesday to...

Report says airlines' carbon emissions are growing fast

Sep. 12, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

U.S. airlines are increasing their emissions of climate-changing gases much faster than they are boosting fuel efficiency, according to an environmental group's report. The International Council on Clean Transportation said Thursday that carbon dioxide emissions and fuel burning rose 7% from 2016 to 2018,...

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

Sep. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the...

Lawsuit: Climate change impacts ignored in gas leases

Sep. 12, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental organizations allege in a new lawsuit that the U.S. government failed to adequately analyze climate change impacts while approving 130 oil and gas leases in Utah. The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Bureau of Land Management officials of violating the...

Judge: Suit over farm pollution of Raccoon River may proceed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has handed a significant victory to environmental groups by allowing a lawsuit challenging Iowa's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams to move forward. Judge Robert Hanson in a ruling filed Wednesday said Iowa Citizens For Community...

London police arrest 5 over planned Heathrow drone protest

Sep. 12, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested five people over a plan by environmental activists to fly drones near Heathrow Airport. The Metropolitan Police force says three men and two women, aged between their 20s and their 50s, were arrested in London "on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a...

450 miles of border wall by next year? In Arizona, it starts

Sep. 12, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — On a dirt road past rows of date trees, just feet from a dry section of Colorado River, a small construction crew is putting up a towering border wall that the government hopes will reduce — for good — the flow of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally....