Latest Environmental policy News

'We're back, baby': New bill boosts US climate credibility

Aug. 10, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a moment when hopes dimmed that the United States could become an international leader on climate change, legislation that Congress is poised to approve could rejuvenate the country’s reputation and bolster its efforts to push other nations to reduce greenhouse gas...

In race to win, UK Conservatives accused of ignoring crises

Aug. 10, 2022 03:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As Britain swelters through a roasting summer, and braces for a cold financial reckoning in the fall, calls for the Conservative government to act are getting louder. But the Conservatives are busy choosing a new leader, through a prolonged party election whose...

California's Newsom wants to accelerate key climate goals

Aug. 09, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to speed up the state's transition to non-carbon electricity sources and accelerate its timeline for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Those are among the proposals the Democratic governor has delivered to lawmakers as...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 09, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. August 5, 2022. Editorial: Illinois gets high marks early on clean energy, but renewables pose a challenge Illinois is one of six states that together account for about a fifth of the nation’s carbon emissions output. So it has been...

Learning from failures: How Biden scored win on climate plan

Aug. 09, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the last year, President Joe Biden watched pieces of his domestic agenda get thrown overboard in an effort to keep it afloat. Free community college, child care funding, expanded preschool — all left behind. But there was at least one critical piece that...

Problematic or perilous: Brazil's environmental choice

Aug. 07, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One president of Brazil built a giant dam that wrought tremendous damage in the Amazon rainforest. He slashed the size of a protected area to accommodate land grabbers. He steered billions of dollars toward the land-hungry cattle industry. That president...

EXPLAINER: On China, US and climate, action, not talk is key

Aug. 06, 2022 00:08 AM EDT

The last two agreements the world made to battle climate change came only after the United States and China, by far the two biggest carbon polluters, made deals with each other. Now the successful dynamic is in jeopardy with China cutting off climate talks with the U.S. because of House Speaker...

Judge: Agency keeps ignoring environment in coal region plan

Aug. 05, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal agency has once again failed to consider possible damage to the environment caused by mining coal when setting land management policies governing a major coal-producing region in Wyoming and Montana, a judge ruled this week. The ruling rejected...

Judge rules against Navy in Growler jet fleet lawsuit

Aug. 04, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the Navy violated the National Environmental Policy Act during its environmental review process for the expansion of the Growler jet fleet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The ruling said the Navy failed to disclose the basis for...

Advocates: Senate bill means environmental health, also harm

Aug. 04, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

Billions of dollars in climate and environment investments could flow to communities in the United States that have been plagued by pollution and climate threats for decades, if the proposed Inflation Reduction Act becomes law. The bill, announced by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin last month,...