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Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

Nov. 16, 2018 7:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska's Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul. The legality of Arctic Ocean offshore lease sales is the subject of a federal lawsuit. Environmental groups say it's...

Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

Nov. 14, 2018 7:12 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the...

Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

Nov. 12, 2018 2:07 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts. Even on the clearest days, plumes of smoke from two towering...

TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook

Nov. 5, 2018 1:03 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data center with 100 percent renewable energy. Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority announced an agreement with two developers to build the electricity providers. John Bradley, TVA's...

Protesters in Germany block tracks to disputed coal mine

Oct. 27, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Protesters on Saturday blocked a railway line leading to a large strip coal mine in western Germany that has become a cause celebre for environmentalists amid plans to clear part of a neighboring forest to expand the facility. Another group of about 40 people occupied an excavator at the...

GM proposes nationwide zero-emissions vehicle sales mandate

Oct. 26, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles. Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of product development, said the company will propose that a...

UK fracking firm Cuadrilla pauses drilling after tremor

Oct. 26, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The only company drilling for shale gas in Britain temporarily suspended fracking Friday after a mild earthquake. Cuadrilla said it halted drilling for 18 hours after a tremor was detected at its site in Little Plumpton, northwest England. The British Geological Survey recorded the...

Oregon governor joins other states in offshore drilling ban

Oct. 25, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday blocking offshore drilling, joining several other states trying to shield themselves from the Trump administration's plan to drill for oil and gas off the U.S. coast. The order directs state agencies to protect Oregon's coastal...

Report: Efforts to suck carbon from air must be ramped up

Oct. 24, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation needs to ramp up efforts to suck heat-trapping gases out of the air to fight climate change, a new U.S. report said. The report Wednesday from the National Academy of Sciences says technology to do so has gotten better, and climate change is worsening. By mid-century, the world...

US temporarily stops youth climate lawsuit days before trial

Oct. 19, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit brought by young activists who accuse the federal government of violating their constitutional rights with policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Chief Justice John Roberts signed an order...