Latest Climate News

Climate bill: Could coal communities shift to nuclear?

Aug. 13, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A major economic bill headed to the president has “game-changing” incentives for the nuclear energy industry, experts say, and those tax credits are even more substantial if a facility is sited in a community where a coal plant is closing. The...

Monkeypox? Climate? Deciding what's a national emergency

Aug. 13, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In November 1979, a little over a week after student militants seized control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 American citizens hostage, President Jimmy Carter issued Executive Order 12170 declaring a national emergency against Iran. That order remains...

Hot nights: US in July sets new record for overnight warmth

Aug. 12, 2022 23:40 PM EDT

Talk about hot nights, America got some for the history books last month. The continental United States in July set a record for overnight warmth, providing little relief from the day’s sizzling heat for people, animals, plants and the electric grid, meteorologists said. ...

In Biden's big bill: Climate, health care, deficit reduction

Aug. 12, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest investment ever in the U.S. to fight climate change. A hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. And billions left over to pay down federal...

Congress OKs Dems' climate, health bill, a Biden triumph

Aug. 12, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Congress gave final approval Friday to Democrats' flagship climate and health care bill, handing President Joe Biden a back-from-the-dead triumph on coveted priorities that the party hopes will bolster their prospects for keeping their House and Senate majorities in...

Judge revives Obama-era ban on coal sales from US lands

Aug. 12, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump, in an order that marked a major setback to the already struggling coal industry....

California governor proposes extending nuclear plant's life

Aug. 12, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed extending the life of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant by five to 10 years to maintain reliable power supplies in the climate change era. The proposal to keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant...

Top California environment official leaving state government

Aug. 12, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jared Blumenfeld, California's top environmental regulator and a key climate adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom, will leave the administration at the end of the month, Newsom announced Friday. Newsom, a Democrat, appointed Blumenfeld as secretary of the...

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

Aug. 12, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water...

Senate climate bill has West Virginia written all over it

Aug. 12, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely...