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California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet

Dec. 14, 2018 7:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to eliminate climate-changing fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to require...

Alaska groups sue EPA to enforce clean air laws in Fairbanks

Dec. 14, 2018 6:45 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three Alaska groups sued Friday to demand the Environmental Protection Agency enforce the cleanup of some of the nation's most polluted winter air around the state's second-largest city. The lawsuit filed in Seattle by environmental law firm Earthjustice says the state of Alaska...

Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Dec. 13, 2018 5:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, was thrown out Thursday by a federal appeals court that harshly criticized regulators for approving the proposal. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...

No. 2 gas-producing state moves to curb air pollution

Dec. 13, 2018 3:56 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, with the governor's administration proposing new regulations Thursday even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements. Gov. Tom Wolf's...

The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

Dec. 13, 2018 3:33 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are "failing" to produce meaningful results. Former...

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

Dec. 12, 2018 5:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid. The House voted 369-47 for the legislation, which sets federal agricultural and...

Interim boss at Audi named as permanent head of luxury brand

Dec. 12, 2018 7:50 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's Audi division has named acting head Bram Schot as the luxury brand's permanent boss after his predecessor was jailed. Schot took over on an acting basis in June after Rupert Stadler was jailed while prosecutors investigate possible illegal manipulation of diesel...

Eyes in the sky capture carbon, other climate culprits

Dec. 12, 2018 5:53 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — A growing fleet of satellites is monitoring man-made greenhouse gas emissions from space, spurred by the need to track down major sources of climate changing gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. While scientists and policy-makers agree that getting a firm grasp on the origins...

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Dec. 12, 2018 12:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and...

Lawsuit filed over Trump plans for offshore drilling tests

Dec. 11, 2018 4:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, claims the National...