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Kerry says US climate setbacks are slowing work abroad

Jul. 01, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Friday that setbacks for President Joe Biden's climate efforts at home have “slowed the pace” of some of the commitments from other countries to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuels, but he insisted the U.S. would still achieve its own...

California sets nation's toughest plastics reduction rules

Jul. 01, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Companies selling shampoo, food and other products wrapped in plastic have a decade to cut down on their use of the polluting material if they want their wares on California store shelves. Major legislation passed and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on...

Environmental justice advocates slam Supreme Court ruling

Jul. 01, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

The Supreme Court decision to limit how the Environmental Protection Agency regulates carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could make an already grave situation worse for those affected most by climate change and air pollution, advocates say. Environmental and climate justice...

Court leaves dwindling paths for Biden's climate mission

Jul. 01, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500 days into his presidency, Joe Biden's hope for saving the Earth from the most devastating effects of climate change may not quite be dead. But it's not far from it. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday not only limited the Environmental...

Cups, straws, spoons: India starts on single-use plastic ban

Jul. 01, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people. For the first stage, it has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a...

Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

Jun. 30, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court. The 51-year-old Jackson is the court’s 116th justice, and she took the place of the justice she once worked...

EPA: Maine superfund site to receive $21M for cleanup

Jun. 30, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine superfund mining site is receiving $21 million in Environmental Protection Agency funding to expedite contamination cleanup efforts. The Callahan Mine superfund site in Brooksville originally received $9 million from the bipartisan federal...

Supreme Court decision may slow transition to cleaner energy

Jun. 30, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Supreme Court ruling limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could have far-reaching consequences for the energy sector — and make it harder for the Biden administration to meet its goal of having the...

EXPLAINER: Why Court's EPA-climate change ruling matters

Jun. 30, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's climate change ruling on Thursday is likely to hinder President Joe Biden's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade and to make the U.S. a global leader again in the fight to slow global warming. In its decision,...

Customer rates fuel debate around New Mexico power plant

Jun. 30, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With little ceremony, it was lights out Thursday for one of the two remaining units at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that has provided electricity for millions of customers in the southwestern U.S. for nearly a half-century. Unit 1 at...