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Maine gets help to cut diesel emissions from vehicles, boats

Sep. 19, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is awarding Maine nearly a half-million dollars to reduce diesel emissions by targeting vehicles and boats to be retrofitted for cleaner energy sources. The effort will help repower vessels and vehicles in the state and reduce emissions, said Democratic U.S....

Parts of now smoky rural Nevada lack government air monitors

Sep. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has been largely spared from the blazes roaring through the West; the state is currently experiencing no active wildfires. But wildfire smoke — full of particulate matter and metals from scorched houses and forests — has cloaked much of the state, forcing...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, a pickup truck pulls a camper through the wildfire smoke in Seeley Lake in Missoula County, Mont. The small town was blanketed with hazardous smoke due to wildfires for seven weeks in 2017. A study showed residents' lung capacity declined in the first two years after the fires. The study team hasn't been able to return to Seeley Lake to check on the residents this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kari Greer, U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Wildfire smoke leaves lung damage long after air clears

Sep. 18, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (AP) — When researchers arrived in this town tucked in the Northern Rockies three years ago, they could still smell the smoke a day after it cleared from devastating wildfires. Their plan was to chart how long it took for people to recover from living for seven weeks surrounded by...

Audience members watch from their cars as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, seen on a monitor, speaks during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

At town hall, Biden blasts Trump's 'criminal' virus response

Sep. 18, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump's downplaying of the pandemic “criminal” and his administration “totally irresponsible." “You’ve got to level with the American people —...

Audience members watch from their cars as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, seen on a monitor, speaks during a CNN town hall in Moosic, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

At town hall, Biden blasts Trump's 'criminal' virus response

Sep. 18, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump's downplaying of the pandemic “criminal” and his administration “totally irresponsible." “You’ve got to level with the American people...

Vermont House overrides veto of climate bill

Sep. 17, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted to override a gubernatorial veto of a bill designed to combat global warming. The vote was 103-47 to override. On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the bill, which would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse...

Vermont governor vetoes global warming solutions act

Sep. 16, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t. Scott said in his veto letter on Tuesday evening that he "shares the Legislature's...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Top EU official proposes new 2030 target to reduce emissions

Sep. 16, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official proposed a more ambitious target Wednesday for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, setting a reduction goal of at least 55% by 2030 compared to the current target of 40%. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen predicted the new target...

Firefighter Cody Carter battles the North Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Seeping under doors, bad air from West's fires won't ease up

Sep. 15, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air conditioning vents and preventing people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying a walk or trip to the park. People in Oregon,...

Casey Evans, 33, evacuates a bird named Malibu as residents of eastern St. Bernard Parish, La., evacuate for Hurricane Sally on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

5 things to know today

Sep. 15, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. HURRICANE SALLY'S PLODDING PATH Forecasters, stressing “significant” uncertainty, are nudging the storm's predicted track to the east, easing fears in New Orleans while raising concerns in the...