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Miners' union backs shift from coal in exchange for jobs

Apr. 19, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest coal miners' union said Monday it would accept President Joe Biden's plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition" that includes thousands of jobs in renewable energy and spending on technology to make...

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...

Winners of $20M contest make concrete to trap carbon dioxide

Apr. 19, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Organizers of a $20 million contest to develop products from greenhouse gas that flows from power plants announced two winners Monday ahead of launching a similar but much bigger competition backed by Elon Musk. Both winners made concrete that...

India's electric vehicles face practical, technical hurdles

Apr. 18, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — H.S. Panno, an independent contractor living in a spacious two-story penthouse in New Delhi, had his doubts when he bought his first electric car in September. So far, he's pleased with his savings on gas and maintenance, which are down by more than...

Scientists put GPS in trash to find out how far it travels

Apr. 18, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A project aimed at reducing plastic pollution along the Mississippi River is deploying new technology in an ancient form: This is not your average message in a bottle. Scientists are placing GPS devices inside plastic bottles to study how trash...

An immersive experience: Getting away through flotation pods

Apr. 18, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The water was warm, but not hot. Float Effects owners, Jeremy and Rachel Jarrell, explained the water in their sensory deprivation, flotation pods was kept at a stable 93.5 degrees. “About the surface temperature of...

Environmentalists cheer new Illinois safeguards on coal ash

Apr. 18, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Environmentalists are cheering rules that Illinois regulators have adopted to govern toxic byproducts from burning coal. The Illinois Pollution Control Board last week approved guidelines for detecting and cleaning up harmful coal ash...

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Apr. 18, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and China, the world’s two biggest carbon polluters, agreed to cooperate to curb climate change with urgency, just days before President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue. The agreement...

What? What? City bans use of loud, gas-powered leaf blowers

Apr. 17, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city is banning the use of loud, gas-powered leaf blowers. The City Council passed a phased-in ban this week, the Burlington Free Press reported. It mandates moving to quieter electric-powered leaf blowers, which will be...

DNR issues PFAS fish consumption advisory for Monroe County

Apr. 17, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is urging people to limit consumption of fish from a Monroe County creek due to PFAS contamination. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the DNR issued the warning Thursday. The...