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Lawmakers poised to adopt restrictions on firefighting foam

Jan. 21, 2020 12:03 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that would impose new restrictions on the use of firefighting foam containing chemicals known as PFAS to reduce soil and water contamination. Both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on the Republican-authored proposal Tuesday....

A thick layer of smog covers central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Thick haze blanketed the Thai capital on Monday sending air pollution levels soaring to 89 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5 particles in some areas, according to the Pollution Control Department. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

Jan. 20, 2020 7:54 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital's residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the problem. As thick haze blanketed the city on Monday, pollution levels soared to 95 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5...

Idaho Senate OKs emergency water rights to clean up spills

Jan. 20, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways headed to lawmakers in the House on Monday. The Senate voted 35-0 to approve the legislation that the state Department of Environmental Quality said is needed to prevent someone...

Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, delivers a welcome message on the eve of the annual meeting of the World Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum will take place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Climate not considered a top 10 risk by CEOs - survey

Jan. 20, 2020 12:34 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Climate issues are set to be one of the main talking points at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week, but a survey of CEOs released Monday shows that they are not even ranked among the top ten threats to business growth. In its annual report ahead of...

Flooding from Montana ice jam raises foul water worries

Jan. 20, 2020 12:30 PM EST

MISSOULA Mont. (AP) — A central Montana town has issued a boiled water notice after flooding from an ice jam raised worries about residential wells being contaminated. KECI-TV reports about two dozen homes in Choteau that use private wells were asked to boil their water as a precaution. The ice jam along...

Volkswagen settlement, in part, funds charging stations

Jan. 20, 2020 11:27 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Ten North Dakota communities will use part of a settlement with Volkswagen to build electric vehicle charging stations. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will send $2.7 million to the local governments and businesses for clean vehicle projects, including 17...

A woman wearing a gas mask takes part in a protest against air pollution, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Dozens of people, some wearing face masks, gathered for a protest because of dangerously high levels of air pollution in the past weeks in the Bosnian capital after measurements in the past weeks have shown that levels of damaging airborne particles have exceeded European Union's safety norms by several times.(AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

Bosnian protesters hold anti-pollution protest in Sarajevo

Jan. 20, 2020 10:48 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Dozens of people on Monday gathered for a protest in Sarajevo because of dangerously high levels of air pollution in the past few weeks in the Bosnian capital. Some of the participants wore face masks at the rally Monday held outside the building hosting Sarajevo's...

Lawmakers look to cut down food waste in American schools

Jan. 20, 2020 10:01 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three members of Congress have introduced a proposal to try to cut down on food waste in U.S. schools. Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree of Maine and Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington are calling the proposal the “School Food Recovery...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the project's risks to clean water. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Hearing puts agency under scrutiny over PolyMet mine permit

Jan. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...