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New Brazilian Congress not likely to address climate

Oct. 04, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil has a major role to play in addressing climate change as home to the world's largest rainforest, but after Sunday's election, the subject is less likely to come up than ever. In the country's lower house of Congress, the Liberal Party of President Jair...

German energy company RWE to end coal use by 2030

Oct. 04, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German energy company RWE said Tuesday that it will phase out the burning of coal by 2030, saving 280 million metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. The decision will accelerate the closure of some of Europe's most polluting power plants and a vast...

Supreme Court welcomes the public again, and a new justice

Oct. 03, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with a new justice on the bench, the public back in the courtroom and a spirited debate in a case that pits environmental protections against property rights. The new member of the court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson,...

Youngkin plan calls for reevaluating major clean energy law

Oct. 03, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Monday for expanding nuclear power generation in Virginia, reevaluating a recent clean energy law celebrated by environmentalists, and restoring greater authority to state regulators who oversee the state's powerful utilities. ...

US shift away from coal hits tribal community in New Mexico

Oct. 02, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

KIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) — The clamor of second graders breaking away from lessons to form lunch lines has gotten quieter in a rural New Mexico community, where families losing coal jobs have been forced to pack up and leave in search of work. At Judy Nelson Elementary, 1 in 4 students...

Correction: California-Oil-Spill story

Oct. 02, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story published Oct. 1 about a Texas oil company getting approval to rebuild a pipeline that ruptured and spilled about 25,000 gallons of crude oil off Southern California a year ago, The Associated Press incorrectly reported that Amplify Energy Corp. had agreed to plead...

Biden pledge to make federal fleet electric faces slow start

Oct. 02, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, a self-described “car guy,'' often promises to lead by example on climate change by moving swiftly to convert the sprawling U.S. government fleet to zero-emission electric vehicles. But efforts to eliminate gas-powered vehicles from the fleet have lagged....

Old infrastructure led to E. coli in Baltimore water

Oct. 01, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Aging infrastructure contributed to an E. coli contamination of the city of Baltimore's water system in early September, officials said this week. A confluence of events in several parts of the water system reduced chlorine levels, which led to three positive...

Supreme Court's top cases for new term, new Justice Jackson

Oct. 01, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

The Supreme Court opens its new term Monday, hearing arguments for the first time after a summer break and with new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Already the court has said it will decide cases on a range of major issues including affirmative action, voting rights and the rights of LGBTQ people....

Supreme Court poised to keep marching to right in new term

Oct. 01, 2022 08:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With public confidence diminished and justices sparring openly over the institution's legitimacy, the Supreme Court on Monday will begin a new term that could push American law to the right on issues of race, voting and the environment. Following June's momentous...