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New NHTSA chief: Agency to scrutinize auto-driver technology

Jun. 29, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new head of the government's road safety agency says it will intensify efforts to understand the risks posed by automated vehicle technology so it can decide what regulations may be necessary to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In an interview...

US agency to limit predator killing methods in Idaho

Jun. 29, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. agency responsible for killing wolves and other predators to prevent attacks on livestock has agreed to settle a lawsuit by completing an extensive environmental study on its methods in Idaho. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services also...

Enviros train drone pilots to find and pursue pollution

Jun. 29, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

POOLESVILLE, Md. (AP) — When environmentalist Brent Walls saw a milky-white substance in a stream flowing through a rural stretch of central Pennsylvania, he suspected the nearby rock mine was violating the law. Recent rains had filled the ponds at the mine that allow sediment to...

Rhode Island sets ambitious target for 100% renewable energy

Jun. 29, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation Wednesday setting the most ambitious target in the nation to require the state to be powered completely by renewable energy. The legislation accelerates plans for the electric grid to operate with 100% renewable energy, so the goal is...

Dutch PM condemns protests by farmers at minister's home

Jun. 29, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister on Wednesday condemned a violent protest by farmers outside the home of the country's agriculture minister amid increasingly bold demonstrations against the government's plans to rein in pollution. A small group of farmers...

EU countries approve climate measures after long talks

Jun. 29, 2022 03:35 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries reached a deal backing stricter climate rules that would eliminate carbon emissions from new cars by 2035 following hard-fought talks that dragged into the early hours of Wednesday. The 27 EU members found a common agreement on draft...

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs

Jun. 29, 2022 01:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper, a minister...

EXPLAINER: Why are Dutch farmers protesting over emissions?

Jun. 28, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Farmers protested around the Netherlands as lawmakers voted Tuesday on proposals to slash emissions of damaging pollutants, a plan that will likely force farmers to cut their livestock herds or stop work altogether. The government says emissions of...

Court finds France negligent in Caribbean pesticide case

Jun. 27, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected, officials announced Monday. ...

Relicensing for Idaho Power's Hells Canyon Project advancing

Jun. 27, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho public utility’s nearly two-decade effort to renew its license for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon Border is moving forward with federal regulators announcing plans to update an environmental study. The Federal...