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Rupert Stadler, the long-time head of Audi, who is accused of fraud, among other things, at the Munich Regional Court, Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Sept.30, 2020. Five years after the VW diesel scandal was uncovered, the first German criminal trial in this matter is now beginning. With the former Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG Stadler and the former member of the Board of Management of Porsche Hatz, two former leading Audi engineers are also accused. The trial is taking place under difficult conditions in a large hall at the Munich-Stadelheim prison on account of Corona. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Former Audi chief on trial in VW diesel emissions scandal

Sep. 30, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The former head of Volkswagen's Audi luxury car division and three others went on trial Wednesday on charges related to the company's cheating on diesel car emissions tests. The proceedings represent the first criminal trial in Germany over the scandal that erupted five years ago...

Large fire in yard of Albuquerque recycling plant contained

Sep. 29, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A large fire in the yard of an Albuquerque recycling plant on Tuesday has been contained with no reported injuries, authorities said. Bernalillo County Fire Department officials said they used thousands of gallons of foam to contain the Tuesday afternoon fire that was fueled mostly...

University engineers working on $3M natural gas project

Sep. 29, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3 million to a couple of West Virginia University engineers for a project to develop a low-cost process to convert natural gas commonly flared at industrial sites, the university said. Engineers John Hu and Xingbo Liu at the Staler College...

SEC: Fiat Chrysler to pay $9.5M for misleading investors

Sep. 29, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler will pay $9.5 million to settle charges from U.S. securities regulators that it misled investors about emissions control problems. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that the Italian-American automaker made incomplete disclosures to investors about an internal...

Ameren announces new plans to emphasize renewable energy

Sep. 28, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren plans to invest $8 billion in renewable projects during the next two decades, with a goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across Missouri and Illinois, the energy company announced Monday. The St. Louis-based company said it plans to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2030...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo, Chinese People's Liberation Navy sailors stand in formation on the deck of a type 054A guided missile frigate

China fires back at US over environment, South China Sea

Sep. 28, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S.-China friction flared again Monday, with Beijing firing back at accusations by Washington that it is a leading cause of global environmental damage and has reneged on its promise not to militarize the South China Sea. A document issued last week by the State Department cited...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 22, 2017, file photo, a polar bear stands on the ice in the Franklin Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at September 2020's annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn't kill us, climate change will. With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this year and enormous chunks of ice caps in Greenland and Canada sliding into the sea, countries are acutely aware there's no vaccine for global warming. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn't kill us, climate change will

Sep. 27, 2020 2:46 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn't kill us, climate change will. With Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this year and enormous chunks of ice caps in...

Colorado requires early pollution monitoring at oil sites

Sep. 25, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have approved new rules that require air pollution monitoring at oil and gas sites during early stages of operations — the first state regulatory system of its kind in the country, the state Department of Public Health and Environment said. The...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...

Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., center, speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of S.C., during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House backs bill to boost 'clean energy,' enhance efficiency

Sep. 24, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of coolants in air conditioners and refrigerators that are considered a major driver of global warming. The bill boosts renewable energy such as solar and...