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The controversial most modern Uniper Datteln 4 coal-powered plant steams behind a corn field one month after the operational start in Datteln, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. The state governors Dietmar Woidke of Brandenburg, Michael Kretschmer of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff of Saxony-Anhalt and Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia meet in Berlin for the adoption by the Bundestag and Bundesrat of the laws on coal phase-out and structural strengthening in the affected federal states. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision...

UN agency: North Europe radiation likely linked to reactor

Jul. 3, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday that slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe likely were related to a nuclear reactor that was either operating or undergoing maintenance, but it's still unclear where it is located. Estonia, Finland and Sweden last week...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, aerial file photo, rubble remains after residences were leveled by the Camp wildfire in Paradise, Calif. California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday, June 4, 2020, that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response specialists in each county. PG&E's electrical grid that ignited a succession of Northern California wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

PG&E exits bankruptcy, pays $5 billion into wildfire fund

Jul. 2, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has emerged from a contentious bankruptcy saga that began after its long-neglected electrical grid ignited wildfires in California that killed more than 100 people. The nation's largest utility announced Wednesday it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and...

This photo released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, shows a building after it was damaged by a fire, at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility some 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. A fire burned the building above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, though officials say it did not affect its centrifuge operation or cause any release of radiation. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire Thursday, calling it an

Analysts: Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge facility

Jul. 2, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fire and an explosion struck a centrifuge production plant above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday, analysts said, one of the most-tightly guarded sites in all of the Islamic Republic after earlier acts of sabotage there. The Atomic...

Blast at electricity plant in southern India kills 5

Jul. 1, 2020 3:22 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A boiler exploded at a government-run electricity plant in southern India on Wednesday, killing at least five workers, police said. Police officer Suresh Kanan said 16 workers were hospitalized with injuries near the power plant in Tamil Nadu state. Kanan said the cause of the blast was...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear

Jun. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it's still unclear what the cause was. The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said last...

Egypt seeks UN resolution on Nile dam ispute with Ethiopia

Jun. 29, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Egypt’s foreign minister urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday to adopt a resolution giving international clout to efforts to resolve a dispute over the Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile which he said endangers the lives of 150 million Egyptians and...

FILE - This Feb.21, 2020 file photo shows the nuclear complex in Fessenheim, eastern France. Nuclear workers lamented the switching off Monday of France's oldest nuclear reactor, a closure celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The last of two 900-megawatt reactors at Fessenheim was being powered down and disconnected from the grid overnight, part of a policy shift to reduce France's world-leading dependence on nuclear power. (AP Photo/Jean-François Badias, File)

Conflicting emotions as France shutters oldest nuclear plant

Jun. 29, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Nuclear workers lamented the switching off Monday of France's oldest nuclear reactor, a closure celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The last of two 900-megawatt reactors at Fessenheim was being powered down and taken offline overnight, part of a policy shift to reduce France's...

FILE - This Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo shows bottles of Bulleit Bourbon, in Dublin, Calif. Spirits giant Diageo is going green with its newest whiskey-making venture in the Bluegrass State. Its distillery being built at Lebanon, Kentucky,  is expected to be carbon neutral — a first for the London-based company, it announced Monday, June 29, 2020. The $130 million distillery, which will produce Bulleit bourbon, is expected to be fully operational in 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, FIle)

Diageo goes green with carbon neutral distillery in Kentucky

Jun. 29, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Spirits giant Diageo announced Monday that it's going green with its newest whiskey-making venture in the Bluegrass State. Its distillery being built at Lebanon, Kentucky, is expected to be carbon neutral — a first for the London-based company. The $130 million distillery of...