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The controversial most modern Uniper Datteln 4 coal-powered plant steams behind a corn field one month after the operational start in Datteln, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. The state governors Dietmar Woidke of Brandenburg, Michael Kretschmer of Saxony, Reiner Haseloff of Saxony-Anhalt and Armin Laschet of North Rhine-Westphalia meet in Berlin for the adoption by the Bundestag and Bundesrat of the laws on coal phase-out and structural strengthening in the affected federal states. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country's long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn't ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers' money. Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday envision...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. (Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

Groups call for meetings as US lab preps for weapons work

Jul. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The groups outlined their request in a recent...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, shows a note to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House has approved a $1.5 trillion plan to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports and channels. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)

House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

Jul. 1, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a $1.5 trillion plan Wednesday to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into projects to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems, expand interstate railways and dredge harbors, ports...

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks with Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Fauci, CDC chief raise concerns about full airline flights

Jun. 30, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

The government’s top experts in infectious diseases on Tuesday criticized American Airlines' decision to pack flights full while the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow across much of the United States. “Obviously that is something that is of concern. I’m not sure what went into that...

Court: Permit for oil refinery planned near national park OK

Jun. 30, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with state regulators in a challenge to an air quality permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state. In a unanimous opinion, the high court upheld a lower court ruling that affirmed...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

The Citroen e-C4 all electric hatchback is display during a media presentation in Paris, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. PSA Group's Citroen Brand is showing off a new version of its C4 compact hatchback, a model that will be key to the company's sales prospects as it faces a highly competitive European car market that faces severe headwinds from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Citroen unveils new hatchback as virus pushes event online

Jun. 30, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — PSA Group unveiled one of its most important new models Tuesday with 20 people physically present and 2,600 watching online - a marketing configuration that the coronavirus seems likely to accelerate across the industry now that next year's Geneva auto show was cancelled. The...

Shell takes $22 billion hit on lower oil, gas prices

Jun. 30, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Energy producer Royal Dutch Shell warned Tuesday it will slash the value of its assets by $22 billion to account for lower oil and gas prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the virus outbreak hurting the long-term prospects of the global economy, the company said it continues “to...

Climate activists disrupt reopening of Paris' Orly Airport

Jun. 26, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Twenty-nine environmental activists were arrested Friday after breaking onto a runway of Paris’ Orly Airport to protest plane emissions — just hours after the airport reopened for the first time since the virus pandemic grounded most air travel three months ago. The activists...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, trucks travel along a loading dock at the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. The California Air Resources Board is scheduled to vote Thursday, June 25, 2020, on new first-in-the-nation rules to require a certain percentage of work truck sales each year must be electric vehicles. When the rule is fully implemented by 2035, the board estimates it will result in at least 20% of all delivery vans and work trucks on the road will be electric vehicles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California approves 1st-in-US electric truck sales rule

Jun. 25, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators approved new rules on Thursday that would force automakers to sell more electric work trucks and delivery vans, a first-of-its-kind rule aimed at helping the nation’s most populous state clean up its worst-in-the-nation air quality. The rules require a...