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Newsom: California must boost water recycling, desalination

Aug. 11, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should invest tens of billions of dollars in water recycling, storage and desalination over the next two decades to shore up its supply as the state gets drier and hotter, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a proposal released Thursday. It comes as...

Big climate bill; Spending green bucks to boost green energy

Aug. 11, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that it’s nearly irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill Friday that would provide...

Jury can't reach verdict in engineers' Flint water trial

Aug. 11, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn't reach a verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint's lead-contaminated water. Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, known as...

Sewer emergency in Cape Cod resort town closes restaurants

Aug. 11, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — The popular Cape Cod resort of Provincetown declared a sewer emergency Thursday, ordering restaurants and other food establishments to close immediately along a section of its bustling waterfront. Provincetown officials said in a Facebook post that...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Aug. 11, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

Times and Democrat. August 10, 2022. Editorial: S.C. has more than climate vs. wildfires South Carolina and Georgia are glad to be the exceptions. Nearly 70% of the U.S. population across parts of every state in the continental United States, except for...

Environmental officer says NJ needs climate change plan

Aug. 11, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top environmental officer says the state is not ready for the worsening effects of climate change and rising seas. Testifying Thursday to a joint state Senate-Assembly panel on coastal issues, Shawn LaTourette, the commissioner of Environmental...

Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters'

Aug. 11, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Landfills are releasing large amounts of planet-warming methane gas into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste and are a significant contributor to such emissions in urban areas, a study suggests. Scientists used satellite data from Delhi and Mumbai...

EU says US electric vehicle tax credit could break WTO rules

Aug. 11, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union expressed concern Thursday that a new U.S. tax credit plan aimed at encouraging Americans to buy electric vehicles would discriminate against European producers and break World Trade Organization rules. Under the Inflation Reduction Act nearing...

Dutchman convicted in farmers' roadblock over emissions

Aug. 11, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man was convicted Thursday of dumping straw on a Dutch road last month and sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid community service work, one of the first cases stemming from widespread protests by Dutch farmers against government plans to slash nitrogen emissions. ...

African wildlife parks face climate, infrastructure threats

Aug. 11, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Africa's national parks, home to thousands of wildlife species such as lions, elephants and buffaloes, are increasingly threatened by below-average rainfall and new infrastructure projects. A prolonged drought in much of the continent's east, exacerbated by...