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14 climate activists arrested for trespassing at Statehouse

Dec. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island capital and state police arrested 14 climate activists at the Statehouse for trespassing Friday night. Several hundred citizens gathered on the Statehouse steps in Providence asking Gov. Gina Raimondo to decline contributions from fossil fuel companies or to sign on to...

Manure spill kills threatened steelhead in Washington creek

Dec. 7, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — U.S. officials have fined a northwestern Washington farmer $6,750 after a manure spill killed threatened steelhead. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this week announced the fine against Harold Carbee of Bellingham. Officials said a hose broke in May and...

New Wyoming plan to fight chronic wasting disease released

Dec. 7, 2019 12:24 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal ailment that eats away at the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, isn’t likely going away on its own. First identified in the wild in southeast Wyoming in the ‘80s, it’s been slowly spreading east and west like tentacles...

Another cut in cod fishing not enough for environmentalists

Dec. 6, 2019 5:53 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing regulators are proposing another cutback to the catch limits for Atlantic cod, but some environmentalists say the move isn't significant enough to slow the loss of the species. Atlantic cod fishing was once one of the biggest marine industries in New England, but the fishery...

Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks

Dec. 5, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector-general said Thursday. Agency officials at the...

NJ advances bill banning single-use plastic, paper bags

Dec. 5, 2019 5:57 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday to ban single-use plastic and paper bags, as well as plastic foam containers commonly used for takeout. The Democrat-led Senate Budget Committee passed the measure after it was amended behind closed doors. The bill's sponsors call it...

US feels the heat as Trump pulls out of global climate pact

Dec. 5, 2019 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No. 1 economy and the second-biggest carbon emitter. Trump dismisses climate change and he thumbed his nose...

Correction: Climate Talks-Goodbye US? story

Dec. 5, 2019 4:20 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story December 4, 2019, about the Trump administration's role in the Madrid climate conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported the details of a poll measuring public opinion on the Paris climate agreement.

Attempted recall over rep's environmental vote fails

Dec. 5, 2019 1:47 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A group that was trying to recall an Oregon state representative over her votes to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and taxes says the effort has failed. Timber Unity announced Wednesday that it fell short of collecting the 4,883 signatures required to force a recall election of Rep....

UN climate talks aim to pave way for global carbon market

Dec. 5, 2019 11:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — On a cold afternoon in late November, Jan Gerrit Otterpohl eyes the chimneys of Berlin’s Heizkraftwerk Mitte, a state-of-the-art power plant that supplies the city with heat and electricity. It’s not the billowing steam he’s interested in, but the largely invisible carbon...