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Activists of Greepeace have covered the headquarters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cristian Democratic Party (CDU) with black panels to protest against the party's coal policy in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Activists protest German coal plans at Merkel party HQ

Jul. 1, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Environmental activists scaled the headquarters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party and covered the building in black drapes Wednesday to protest parts of the government's plan to close coal-fired power stations. Greenpeace activists climbed onto the roof of the center-right Christian...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

Shell takes $22 billion hit on lower oil, gas prices

Jun. 30, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Energy producer Royal Dutch Shell warned Tuesday it will slash the value of its assets by $22 billion to account for lower oil and gas prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the virus outbreak hurting the long-term prospects of the global economy, the company said it continues “to...

UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear

Jun. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it's still unclear what the cause was. The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said last...

Two of the offshore wind turbines have been constructed off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., Monday June 29, 2020. Two wind turbines are part of an offshore wind turbine project. The turbines will begin operation in August. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia moves a step closer to harnessing offshore wind

Jun. 29, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor ceremonially signed legislation Monday that sets a path for the eventual approval of two large-scale offshore wind farms that could produce enough electricity to power more than a million homes in the state. The two proposed projects would be located...

Judge declines to remove referendum from November ballot

Jun. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge declined Monday to remove a referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission project from the November ballot, ruling that constitutional questions can be addressed later if the referendum is enacted. Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren said in his ruling that the lawsuit...

FILE - In this April 23, 2010, file photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. Chesapeake Energy, a shale drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said Sunday, June 28, 2020, that it was a necessary decision given its debt. Its debt load is currently nearing $9 billion.  (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection

Jun. 28, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chesapeake Energy, a shale drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said Sunday that it was a necessary decision given its debt. Its debt load is currently nearing $9...

Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy protection

Jun. 28, 2020 4:48 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy protection.

Blackfeet Nation drafts bill to protect Badger-Two Medicine

Jun. 26, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Blackfeet Nation announced Thursday a proposal to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine as a cultural heritage area, shielding it from oil and gas drilling in northwestern Montana. “It’s a Heritage area, which would be the first of its kind. It would create a...

This satellite image provided by Manar Technologies taken June 17, 2020, shows the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Issa port, in Yemen. Houthi rebels are blocking the United Nations from inspecting the abandoned oil tanker loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil. UN officials and experts fear the tanker could explode or leak, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Yemen asks for help as seawater seeps into abandoned tanker

Jun. 26, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations said an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil is at risk of rupture or exploding, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life, desalination factories and international shipping routes. Internal...