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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, a motorist drives into the sunrise in Kansas City, Mo. At a board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a big industry trade association, recognized that change is coming. Alliance CEO John Bozzella said automakers are committed to working with the Biden administration, which will renew the fight against climate change and likely will undo pollution and gas mileage rollbacks made by President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Automakers prep for stronger mileage standards under Biden

Dec. 3, 2020 12:47 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Now that it's clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles. But just how wide those choices will be and when they will...

Board of Public Works approves natural gas pipeline permit

Dec. 3, 2020 12:00 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of a wetlands license for 76 feet of drilling under the Wicomico River to extend a natural gas pipeline on the Eastern Shore. The approximately 7-mile-long pipeline was proposed in order to keep up with...

About 750 gallons cleaned up from Alaska diesel spill

Dec. 3, 2020 8:27 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — About 750 gallons (2,800 liters) of diesel and water have been cleaned up after an Alaska oil spill that state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said occurred during a fuel tank transfer. State conservation officials said the Nov. 25 spill in the village of Selawik...

A student  wearing a face mask prays before the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

S. Koreans take college entrance exam amid viral resurgence

Dec. 3, 2020 4:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 41 confirmed COVID-19 patients, took the highly competitive university entrance exam Thursday despite a viral resurgence that forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. About 426,340 students were...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Herman Termeer, 54, stands on the roof of his home as the Blue Ridge Fire burns along the hillside in Chino Hills, Calif. An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020 — an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt — the United Nations’ weather agency reported Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

Enbridge starts construction on Line 3 in Minnesota

Dec. 1, 2020 6:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from local activist and Indigenous groups. Spokeswoman Juli Kellner said...

Maine climate plan calls for climate neutrality by 2045

Dec. 1, 2020 3:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor said Tuesday she will seek to use a series of law change proposals to help the state reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Gov. Janet Mills made the statement as the state released its four-year climate plan, entitled “Maine Won't Wait.” Mills,...

Two communities spar over noise pollution from Logan Airport

Dec. 1, 2020 11:40 AM EST

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Officials in Quincy are none too happy with a proposal by neighboring Milton to alleviate overhead noise from jets flying in and out of Logan International Airport. Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch and City Councilor Brian Palmucci say the plan proposed by Milton’s MassPort Community...

New Jersey environmental commissioner retiring in January

Dec. 1, 2020 10:01 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J (AP) — New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe will be retiring in the new year, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. Murphy said McCabe will be retiring Jan. 15, and a successor has not yet been named. She took the reins at the DEP early in Murphy's tenure,...

New solar project to power 11K homes in Washington state

Dec. 1, 2020 9:33 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A public utility company in Washington state has announced a partnership to develop a new solar project near Richland that would generate enough electricity for more than 11,000 homes, officials said. Energy Northwest will partner with Tucci Energy Services to build the 300-acre...