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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and David Attenborough speak with school children during the launch of the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit in London, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Johnson is expected to announce a target to stop selling new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via AP)

UN climate summit postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19

Apr. 1, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — This year's United Nations global climate summit is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, host country Britain said Wednesday, The U.K. government said the meeting, due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, will now be held next year at a date still to be determined....

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Disputed Canada-US oil pipeline work to start in April

Mar. 31, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for a proposal that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes....

FILE-In this May 29, 2019 file photo the Tokyo Tower is lit up at dusk as rain clouds hover over Tokyo's skyline. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, on Tuesday chided Japan over its new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Environmental campaigners say Tokyo's new proposal shows no real ambition to increase existing efforts. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Could do better: Japan gently chided by UN climate chief

Mar. 31, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The top U.N. climate official on Tuesday chided Japan over its new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which environmental campaigners say shows no real ambition to increase existing efforts. All signatories of the 2015 Paris Agreement are supposed to submit a revised plan before this...

Rules to reduce New Mexico methane emissions being drafted

Mar. 22, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico departments reportedly plan to release draft complimentary regulations for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors later this year. The Farmington Daily Times reports the New Mexico Environment Department and Energy, Minerals and the Natural Resources...

Climate change bills failed in shortened Maryland session

Mar. 20, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While Maryland lawmakers pushed through major education policy in a session shortened by concerns about the coronavirus, some high-profile measures aimed at addressing climate change and other environmental measures were among the bills that failed to pass. Lawmakers worked quickly...

Maine Supreme Court upholds PUC approval of energy corridor

Mar. 18, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state supreme court has rejected a challenge of utility regulators' approval of a 145-mile (230-kilometer) power transmission corridor that would serve as a conduit for hydropower from Canada. NextEra Energy Resources appealed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after the Public...

Louisiana plant asks regulators to allow higher emissions

Mar. 16, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

LaPLACE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana chemical plant that agreed to lower its emissions of a potentially harmful toxin now wants to raise them based on research indicating the compound is safe at much higher levels than what federal environmental officials previously said. The LaPlace facility in St. John the...

Arch Coal contracts for flaring of methane at Colorado mine

Mar. 15, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Arch Coal has contracted for flaring of methane at its West Elk Mine, which would reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the state’s largest single industrial source of methane. The company has reached an agreement with Environmental Commodities Corp., or...

DEP's draft recommendation favors $1 billion power corridor

Mar. 13, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental regulators on Friday issued a draft recommendation supporting a $1 billion hydropower transmission project as long as Central Maine Power meets stipulations. But there will be an opportunity for public comments on the proposal before a final vote. The conditional...

Maine mulls limiting foreign spending on ballot questions

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At a time of heightened sensitivity to foreign powers meddling in elections, the Maine Legislature is deciding whether to stop foreign corporations from spending money to influence some state elections. A proposal that was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday came in response to...