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German parliament approves carbon pricing, air ticket hike

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s parliament has approved a bill to introduce a price for carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors as part of a broader package of measures designed to tackle climate change. Lawmakers also voted Friday to back a price hike for airline tickets on domestic and...

Deadline soon for Volkswagen settlement money in Maine

Nov. 15, 2019 12:50 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The deadline is nearing for Maine government agencies and private businesses to apply for money stemming from Volkswagen’s environmental settlement concerning a diesel emissions scandal. The state government of Maine has announced plans to distribute about $3 million from the...

Court rules Trump EPA unlawfully ignored dangerous chemicals

Nov. 14, 2019 7:20 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of some of the most dangerous materials in public use from a safety review, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

Colorado agency pulls oil, gas leases amid sage grouse order

Nov. 14, 2019 11:41 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A federal land agency has withdrawn proposed oil and gas leases on public Colorado land from a December sale because a court ruling on federal sage grouse conservation. The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday that the land up for lease in Jackson,...

Northeast senators seek to expand regional climate programs

Nov. 14, 2019 9:32 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. senators across the Northeast are working to create new regional greenhouse gas reduction programs and expand existing efforts. Led by Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire, the group has introduced bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the...

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

Nov. 13, 2019 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the U.S. regulates threats to public health. “It will practically lead to the...

Judge allows lawsuit seeking action on Lake Erie algae

Nov. 13, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio says an environmental group pushing for mandatory regulations to prevent toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie can move forward with its lawsuit. The judge in Toledo issued a ruling Wednesday denying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to dismiss...

Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US

Nov. 13, 2019 3:04 PM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is making Tennessee its North American base for electric vehicle production, breaking ground on an $800 million (727 million euro) expansion at its plant in Chattanooga. Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh was at the factory Wednesday for the expansion’s...

Switzerland OKs linkup with EU’s emissions trading system

Nov. 13, 2019 12:57 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland has approved a change to its environmental legislation allowing companies to take part in the European Union’s emissions trading system. The measures agreed Wednesday mean that civil aviation and fossil fuel power stations will be included in the Swiss emissions trading...