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Dutch government to rein in flights at Schiphol Airport

Jun. 24, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Dutch government said Friday it will cut the maximum number of flights allowed each year at the country's busiest aviation hub, Schiphol Airport, in an attempt to reduce noise and air pollution. The decision — expected to take effect late next year — to cut...

Grain terminal settles lawsuit over storm water discharges

Jun. 24, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Longview, Washington grain terminal will pay nearly $1 million after settling a lawsuit with the Columbia Riverkeeper that claimed the terminal operated without necessary permits meant to monitor river pollution. Export Grain Terminal, LLC., which operates...

California emissions, carbon neutrality plan draws criticism

Jun. 23, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heat waves and drought gripping California highlight the urgency to slash fossil fuel use and remove planet-warming emissions from the air, a top state official said Thursday as discussions began on a new proposal for how the state will meet its ambitious climate goals....

Protesters want Murphy to deny future fossil fuel projects

Jun. 23, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched on New Jersey's Capitol on Thursday, urging Gov. Phil Murphy to deny permits to any future project that involves the burning of fossil fuels. Environmentalists and advocates of environmental justice listed a litany of proposed...

Commonwealth heads call for climate action at Rwanda meeting

Jun. 23, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Leaders of Commonwealth nations are calling for increased climate action at a meeting in Rwanda this week, ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in the seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt later this year. Climate change is a major concern...

77 years after battle's end, Okinawa wants US base reduced

Jun. 23, 2022 04:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa marked the 77th anniversary Thursday of the end of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, with the governor calling for a further reduction of the U.S. military presence there as local fears grow that the southern Japanese islands will become embroiled in regional...

Dredging company to pay $1M for restoration work oil spill

Jun. 22, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Houston dredging company has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine for an oil spill that occurred when a subcontractor cut through an oil pipeline during barrier island restoration work off Louisiana in 2016. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, which...

In climate fight, EU lawmakers back stricter emission caps

Jun. 22, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers stepped up the fight against global warming Wednesday by requiring deeper emission cuts from power plants, factories and planes in the EU and by endorsing an unprecedented import tax. The European Parliament advanced draft climate...

Thousands of Dutch farmers protest, fearing government cuts

Jun. 22, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

STROE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of farmers gathered in the central Netherlands Wednesday to protest the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, driving their tractors across the Netherlands and snarling traffic on major highways. The...

Cement carbon dioxide emissions quietly double in 20 years

Jun. 22, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

Heat trapping carbon dioxide emissions from making cement, a less talked about but major source of carbon pollution, have doubled in the last 20 years, new global data shows. In 2021, worldwide emissions from making cement for buildings, roads and other infrastructure hit nearly 2.9...