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Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to the sea...

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

Nov. 13, 2019 7:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. So is increasing plane travel. And the...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf's administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania, The Associated Press has learned. FBI agents have...

A present for the earth? How to cut holiday waste

Nov. 12, 2019 10:02 AM EST

While the holiday season is a time of giving and thoughtfulness, it can also be a time of excess and waste. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than usual between Thanksgiving and New Year's — about a million extra tons of garbage each week, according to the National Environmental Education...

North Dakota getting public input on oilfield emissions

Nov. 11, 2019 1:35 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota environmental regulators want public input as they prepare to take greater control of emissions from oilfield facilities. The Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in Bismarck, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The Legislature this year approved...

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Keystone pipeline restarts 2 weeks after North Dakota leak

Nov. 11, 2019 11:22 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Canadian crude oil is once again moving through a pipeline nearly two weeks after the line leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil in North Dakota. Calgary, Alberta-based TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, said in a statement that the Keystone pipeline...

Group calls for NY to create $1 billion climate fund

Nov. 10, 2019 8:34 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is facing calls to create a $1 billion fund for climate change projects ranging from mass transit to aid to municipalities when fossil fuel plants close. A coalition of environmental and labor groups called NY Renews is asking Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include such a fund...

Toomey presses for a bulwark against a future fracking ban

Nov. 8, 2019 5:50 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said Friday that he is seeking passage of a measure that's squarely aimed at several Democratic presidential candidates and designed to prevent a president from banning hydraulic fracturing. At a news conference in Harrisburg, Toomey...