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Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Apr. 22, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy...

Maryland appeals ruling on regulating chickenhouse ammonia

Apr. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Maryland is appealing a court decision that said the state must start regulating ammonia air pollution from chickenhouses. The case is one that could have far-reaching implications for the Eastern Shore’s poultry industry, the Salisbury Daily...

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

Apr. 21, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans. The 50% target would nearly...

Groups plant coral fragments at reefs off Florida Keys

Apr. 20, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials and environmental groups have begun to plant more than 60,000 fragments of nursery-raised coral at reefs located off the Florida Keys. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that workers have started...

DiCaprio, Fonda urge US not to sign climate deal with Brazil

Apr. 20, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dozens of celebrities including actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix on Tuesday called on U.S. President Joe Biden to refrain from signing any environmental agreement with his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro. The open...

Agriculture, Natural Resources departments officially merge

Apr. 20, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Natural Resources have been officially combined despite some concerns by farmers, environmentalists and lawmakers. Gov. Kristi Noem has cited overlap and the need for...

Proposed New Mexico utility merger spurs numerous concerns

Apr. 19, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Consumer advocacy groups, environmentalists and the New Mexico attorney general’s office are concerned about a proposed multibillion-dollar merger of the state’s largest electric utility with a U.S. subsidiary of global renewable energy giant Iberdrola. ...

Greens bid for German chancellery as Merkel's bloc squabbles

Apr. 19, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that co-leader Annalena Baerbock will make the party's first bid for the chancellery in the September national election, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc was mired in a power struggle. ...

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

Apr. 19, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday with 40 world leaders, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on climate change efforts not only in...

Kentucky Power offers free, low-growing saplings

Apr. 19, 2021 04:44 AM EDT

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Power will distribute free trees next month in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day, officials said. Saplings will be available to customers on May 1 at locations in Ashland, Hazard, Pikeville and Whitesburg, Kentucky Power said in a...