Latest Energy and the environment News

'We're back, baby': New bill boosts US climate credibility

Aug. 10, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a moment when hopes dimmed that the United States could become an international leader on climate change, legislation that Congress is poised to approve could rejuvenate the country’s reputation and bolster its efforts to push other nations to reduce greenhouse gas...

Lawmakers in India pass energy conservation bill

Aug. 09, 2022 21:38 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — India took another step toward meeting its climate goals Tuesday when lawmakers in parliament’s lower house approved legislation that would require greater use of renewable energy and force industrial polluters to pay a price for the carbon they emit. The...

California's Newsom wants to accelerate key climate goals

Aug. 09, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to speed up the state's transition to non-carbon electricity sources and accelerate its timeline for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Those are among the proposals the Democratic governor has delivered to lawmakers as...

Federal court denies tribe a review of uranium license

Aug. 09, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Oglala Sioux Tribe's request for a review of a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision to grant a license for a potential uranium mine in southwestern South Dakota despite the tribe not being individually consulted on the...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 09, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. August 5, 2022. Editorial: Illinois gets high marks early on clean energy, but renewables pose a challenge Illinois is one of six states that together account for about a fifth of the nation’s carbon emissions output. So it has been...

'The Sacrifice Zone': Myanmar bears cost of green energy

Aug. 09, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

The birds no longer sing, and the herbs no longer grow. The fish no longer swim in rivers that have turned a murky brown. The animals do not roam, and the cows are sometimes found dead. The people in this northern Myanmar forest have lost a way of life that goes back generations. But...

Billions pour into bioplastics as markets begin ramping up

Aug. 09, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a world increasingly troubled by the persistent harm that plastic — manufactured in petrochemical plants — has had on the environment, companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up production of plastics made from natural, renewable materials that can be safely...

'The Sacrifice Zone': Myanmar bears cost of green energy

Aug. 09, 2022 07:01 AM EDT

The birds no longer sing. The fish no longer swim in rivers that have turned a murky brown. The animals do not roam, and the cows are sometimes found dead. The people in this northern Myanmar forest have lost a way of life that goes back generations. But if they complain, they, too,...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Aug. 08, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

Lincoln Journal Star. August 4, 2022. Editorial: Signs all around of a coming climate storm Awildfire south of Gering burns up more than 15,000 acres. The Platte River goes dry near Columbus. Temperatures soar into the triple digits with daily highs expected to remain...

UN chief urges nuke powers to abide by no-first-use pledge

Aug. 08, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries with nuclear weapons to stick to their no-first-use commitment of their atomic arsenals, warning that the nuclear arms race has returned amid growing international tension. “This is the...