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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Michael Bloomberg outlines plans for cleaner buildings, cars

Jan. 17, 2020 9:58 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would push for all new cars to be electric by 2035 and new buildings to produce zero carbon emissions by 2025 as part of clean energy plans he released this week. Bloomberg's latest climate plans build off his December plan to...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capital

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday. The billionaire founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., Masayoshi Son, hinted at partnering with the Indonesian government to...

Riverkeeper finds evidence of otters on the Kansas River

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Ever since she became the Kansas Riverkeeper in 2015, Dawn Buehler has been looking for evidence of otters on the Kansas River. But while traveling the river, kayaking about 700 miles a year, Buehler said she struggled to find anything related to the animal. Recounting her efforts,...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to the media after a state Supreme Court ruling that reinstated a severely limited version of his plan to cap carbon pollution in the state, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. He said the ruling just strengthens his commitment to get climate change-related bills through the Legislature this year. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Washington Supreme Court OKs lesser version of carbon cap

Jan. 16, 2020 8:44 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a severely limited version of Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to cap carbon pollution in the state, a decision the Democrat described as a “clarion call” that lawmakers must act on climate change. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the...

After announcing and speaking about the Microsoft Carbon Footprint reduction CFO Amy Hood, President Brad Smith and Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa leaves the atrium on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

Microsoft: 'carbon-negative' by 2030 even for supply chain

Jan. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EST

Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen "not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.” It's a major step up from...

Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Lester Thompson delivers the State of the Tribes address Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Tribe official calls for better communication from lawmakers

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Thursday called on South Dakota lawmakers to improve communication with Native American communities, singling out bills passed last year that were aimed at expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. “When relationships collapse,...

Maryland senator calls greenhouse gas plan 'truly vague'

Jan. 16, 2020 5:54 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A draft plan from Gov. Larry Hogan's administration to cut Maryland greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 is “truly vague,” a leading state senator said Thursday over the administration's assertions that the plan was on track to meeting its goal. Sen. Paul...

This photo  taken by an aerial survey team for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows an injured right whale calf swimming alongside its mother about 8 miles off the coast of Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Conservationists say the newborn right whale was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the southeast U.S. coast during winter for births among the critically endangered species.  ( Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission via AP)

Wounded baby whale gets antibiotic shot to improve grim odds

Jan. 16, 2020 4:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists succeeded in giving an antibiotic shot to a badly injured newborn whale they have been tracking off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, hoping to improve what experts stressed Thursday remain grim odds for the endangered sea animal. A crew of trained specialists got close...

Projects needed to help Virginia Beach fight rising sea

Jan. 16, 2020 4:11 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach will have to consider multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects and other efforts to face the threat of sea-level rise, according to a study. The $3.8 million study also points to restricting new development in some parts of the city and purchasing properties in...

Pileup injures 33, spills diesel fuel on Idaho highway

Jan. 16, 2020 2:03 PM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A fuel tanker and several other vehicles crashed on an Idaho highway, injuring 33 people and spilling diesel fuel, authorities said. The chain-reaction crash Wednesday involved a bus carrying 30 Idaho National Laboratory employees, the fuel tanker, two government vehicles and two...