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Alaska Supreme Court hears youth climate change lawsuit

Oct. 10, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska law promoting fossil fuel development infringes on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer told Alaska Supreme Court justices on Wednesday. A lawsuit filed by 16 Alaska youths claimed long-term effects of climate change will...

Cyprus-based project to monitor Mideast emissions

Oct. 8, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A new research center to monitor greenhouse gas emissions in the east Mediterranean and the Middle East officially launched Tuesday on the island nation of Cyprus as part of efforts to tackle climate change across the vulnerable region. The 30 million-euro ($33 million) project is...

German regulators question emissions of Mercedes vans

Oct. 6, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Daimler is facing questions about the possible illegal manipulation of diesel emission readings, focused on its popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. Bild newspaper reported Sunday that Germany's KBA vehicle regulatory authority has written the company warning that 260,000...

Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Oct. 3, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf took a step toward capping greenhouse gas emissions from power plants Thursday, part of an effort to fight climate change in a heavily populated and fossil fuel-rich state that has long been one of the nation's biggest polluters and power producers. Wolf, a...

German court opens hearings on consumer suit against VW

Sep. 30, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court opened proceedings Monday in a landmark case in which some 470,000 consumers aim to establish a right to compensation from automaker Volkswagen for cars affected by the company's diesel emissions scandal. The case, brought by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations on...

Volkswagen hires Cadillac boss to help oversee US operations

Sep. 26, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HERNDON, Va. (AP) — Volkswagen has hired an executive who once ran Cadillac and Infiniti to help oversee its North American operations. The German carmaker said Thursday that Johan de Nysschen will become chief operating officer of Volkswagen's North American region. Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of...

Germany arrest 2 Pakistanis wanted in emissions trading scam

Sep. 26, 2019 6:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they have arrested two Pakistani men accused of being part of a criminal gang engaged in a large-scale tax scam involving emissions certificates. Prosecutors said Thursday that the 37 and 40-year-old men were arrested Tuesday at Frankfurt Airport after they flew in from...

Minnesota moves to get more electric vehicles on roads

Sep. 25, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will require car manufacturers to sell more electric vehicles in the state starting in the 2023 model year, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday, a move meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while defying the Trump administration's efforts to revoke California's clean air and fuel...

Volkswagen board backs CEO, chairman in markets case

Sep. 25, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The full Volkswagen board of directors has defended CEO Herbert Diess and Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch against charges that the two failed to give investors timely notice of the company's impending diesel emissions scandal in 2015. In a directors' statement Wednesday, the full...

EPA targets California over poor air quality

Sep. 24, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday blamed California's worst-in-the nation air quality on shoddy paperwork, calling on the state to overhaul its plans for cleaning up toxic smog or risk losing billions in federal road dollars. The government's warning is the latest battle between...