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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...

Indigenous leaders want less drilling near sacred sites

Apr. 16, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American cultural sites and endorsed legislation to restrict natural gas development around Chaco Culture National Historic...

Former Volkswagen CEO charged with fraud in Germany

Apr. 15, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four others with fraud in the emissions cheating scandal that has helped turn many Europeans against diesel engines and accelerated the push toward electric cars. Prosecutors said Monday that Winterkorn knew...

Volkswagen unveils fully-electric SUV for China market

Apr. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla's Model X. The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unveiled at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show and will be available in 2021. Volkswagen says the zero-emission vehicle can go approximately 450 kilometers...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't

Apr. 13, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knew WikiLeaks until he didn't. With his government seeking to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Trump is drawing a blank on a hacking organization he praised to the rafters during the 2016 campaign because of the discomfort it caused his Democratic...

Kentucky plan to reduce Mammoth Cave haze approved by EPA

Apr. 12, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Kentucky's plan to meet federal air pollutant and visibility requirements around Mammoth Cave National Park. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Kentucky on Friday to announce the approval of the state's regional haze plan....

Transmission line for Canadian hydropower to Northeast OK'd

Apr. 11, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A proposed 145-mile (233-kilometer) transmission line that would serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower to reach the New England power grid cleared a major hurdle Thursday with approval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The three-member panel unanimously approved Central...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 11, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 10, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

Environmentalists question Pennsylvania's new methane rule

Apr. 10, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

The administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing a regulation to control methane emissions from existing natural gas facilities that doesn't directly target the potent greenhouse gas, raising alarm among environmental groups. Instead, the proposed rule sets limits on smog-forming volatile organic...