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Rhode Island governor signs climate change bill into law

Apr. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wide-ranging climate bill that requires Rhode Island to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “With four hundred miles of coastline, urban and rural coastal communities, fishing and...

Flagstaff subsidizes local purchases of eco-friendly autos

Apr. 10, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Flagstaff local Stewart Weinstein ordered an all-electric vehicle to be environmentally friendly, but now says the unexpected financial perks of his purchase have already piled up -- before even driving his new car off the lot. One benefit is...

Thousands rally in Serbia to protect the environment

Apr. 10, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Protesters in Serbia rallied Saturday demanding that the government protect the environment in a Balkan nation that has seen record levels of air pollution and scores of other ecological problems following decades of neglect. Several thousand...

Duke Energy division planning $180M Indiana solar farm

Apr. 10, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A division of Duke Energy that develops renewable energy projects plans to build a $180 million solar farm in western Indiana that would produce enough electricity to power 35,000 homes. The Hoosier Jack Solar farm proposed by Duke Energy...

Washington state Senate OKs carbon-cap legislation

Apr. 09, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate has passed two key pieces of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a plan to put a price on carbon pollution and a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other...

US envoy Kerry discusses climate challenges in Bangladesh

Apr. 09, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — John Kerry, the special U.S. envoy on climate, said Friday that President Joe Biden is eager to work with Bangladesh in dealing with the impact of climate change after the United States' return to the Paris accord. Kerry arrived in Bangladesh's...

Seattle utility submits revised dam study plan for review

Apr. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A public utility in Seattle has broadened its study plan for the relicensing of its Skagit River dams in response to requests from the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and other stakeholders, officials said. Seattle City Light submitted the revised...

Navajo Nation finalizes solar plant leases on tribal land

Apr. 08, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

CAMERON, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is moving forward with two more solar plants on the reservation that are expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the tribe over the projects' lifetimes. Tribal leaders met at the site of the larger solar plant in...

India reaffirms pledge to Paris accord in meeting with Kerry

Apr. 07, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi told U.S. climate envoy John Kerry that India was committed to meeting its climate change pledges, and Kerry said the U.S. would support those goals with affordable access to green technologies and financing. India's...

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

Apr. 07, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue that now is the time to...