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India’s coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as...

New Hampshire sues Monsanto over PCB contamination

New Hampshire filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the agrochemical giant Monsanto over what it says has been widespread PCB pollution in the state that...

Audit pans California’s lead cleanup at Exide battery plant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will need to spend $650 million to clean up a heavily contaminated battery recycling plant in Southern California, but...

BP reports 3Q earnings plunge amid falling demand

LONDON (AP) — BP plc says third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand. ...

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country...

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and...

Trump intensifies fracking assault on Biden in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a late gambit to win the battleground state of Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have intensified...

Contaminated plant turned over to state environmental trust

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state environmental trust will take over a battery recycling plant in Southern California to prevent its bankrupt owners from...

Biden calls for ‘transition’ from oil, GOP sees opening

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night...

Tesla posts net profit for fifth straight quarter

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter. ...

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to throw out the Trump administration's assessment of oil and gas activity’s likely...

Trump environmental rollback spurs mining near Okefenokee

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A mining company said Tuesday that it plans to dig for minerals without a federal permit at the edge of...

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals...

Electric cars, homes and shops: NJ’s clean energy future?

ATLANTIC CITY,N.J. (AP) — Gasoline-powered vehicles would become a thing of the past, and nine out of every 10 buildings in New Jersey would...

EU leaders divided over new climate goals for 2030

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday they need to raise their climate ambition above the existing target but stopped short of endorsing...

Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed...

Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice...

California governor calls for protecting 30% of state land

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday to protect nearly a third of California’s land and coastal waters in...

Judge throws out EPA decision on California salt ponds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the dredging and filling of salt ponds...

Indian capital launches campaign to curb toxic air pollution

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in New Delhi launched an anti-pollution campaign on Monday in an attempt to curb air pollution levels ahead of...

Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a year that has already brought apocalyptic skies and smothering smoke to the West Coast, California set a grim...

Trump pushes mining with order, but effects are uncertain

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to fast-track mining projects and could offer grants and loans to help companies pay for...

Getting warmer: Trump concedes human role in climate change

President Donald Trump publicly acknowledged that humans bear some blame for climate change, but scientists say the president still isn't dealing with the reality...

Japan court orders gov’t, TEPCO to pay in Fukushima disaster

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Wednesday found the government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant negligent for failing to...

$215M in BP oil spill money to restore Louisiana marshes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will get nearly $215 million in BP oil spill money for two projects planned to restore more than...

Former Audi chief on trial in VW diesel emissions scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The former head of Volkswagen's Audi luxury car division and three others went on trial Wednesday on charges related to...

Germany welcomes China climate goal, sees need for EU action

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed China's plan to be carbon-neutral by 2060, contrasting it with the U.S. failure to abide...

China fires back at US over environment, South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — U.S.-China friction flared again Monday, with Beijing firing back at accusations by Washington that it is a leading cause of global...

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 50 years ago, a power company received permission from North Carolina to build a reservoir by damming a creek...

Leaders to UN: If virus doesn’t kill us, climate change will

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning:...

Deadly microbe water warning lifted for all but 1 Texas city

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Texas officials on Saturday lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because...

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday,...

House backs bill to boost ‘clean energy,’ enhance efficiency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of...

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in...

California ban on fracking by 2024 criticized as too late

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many...

New SUV is next step in VW’s post-scandal electric offensive

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is unveiling a battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as...

Germany: 8 more charged in Volkswagen diesel scandal

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday they have filed charges against eight more Volkswagen employees accused of involvement in the company's diesel scandal,...

China, top global emitter, aims to go carbon-neutral by 2060

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. ...

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water...

Parts of now smoky rural Nevada lack government air monitors

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has been largely spared from the blazes roaring through the West; the state is currently experiencing no active...

New Jersey law seeks to stem pollution in minority areas

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Friday a measure giving state regulators power to deny development permits to businesses whose...

At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump's downplaying of the...

At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump's downplaying...

UN chief: don’t ‘throw away’ stimulus money on fossil fuels

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that...

Top EU official proposes new 2030 target to reduce emissions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official proposed a more ambitious target Wednesday for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, setting a reduction...

Seeping under doors, bad air from West’s fires won’t ease up

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air...

Daimler AG to pay $1.5B to settle emissions cheating probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automaker Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the U.S. government and California state regulators...

Volkswagen completes monitoring in 2015 emissions scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Monday that it has completed supervision by an independent monitor imposed as part of the company's plea agreement...

Smoke chokes West Coast as wildfire deaths keep climbing

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Wildfire smoke that posed a health hazard to millions choked the West Coast on Saturday as firefighters battled deadly blazes...

Wildfire smoke brings worst air quality to Portland, Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke pollution from wildfires raging in California and across the Pacific Northwest worsened in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon,...

Climate change largely missing from campaign as fires rage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Historic fires are raging across the western United States ahead of what scientists say is the typical peak of wildfire season....

Climate change largely missing from campaign as fires rage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Historic fires are raging across the western United States ahead of what scientists say is the typical peak of wildfire...

German study highlights carbon footprint of video streaming

BERLIN (AP) — Streaming high-definition videos and games can result in significant greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the technology used, according to a German...

Former VW boss Winterkorn must stand trial in diesel scandal

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must stand trial on fraud charges in connection with the...

UN report: Increased warming closing in on agreed upon limit

The world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit set by global leaders five years ago and may exceed it in the next...

Documentary on Denmark submarine killing airs

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A self-taught Danish engineer, who was convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine in 2017...

Trump expands ban on new offshore drilling sites in Atlantic

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump expanded a ban on new offshore drilling Tuesday, an election-year reversal likely to appeal to voters in...

Diesel fuel found in ocean near Sri Lanka oil tanker fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An Indian coast guard aircraft sprayed a special chemical on a patch of diesel fuel near a large oil...

Judge mostly OKs regulators’ handling of mine water permit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge ruled the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued...

‘I Am Greta’ gives fuller portrait of teen climate activist

VENICE (AP) — A documentary on teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, making its premiere Friday at the Venice Film Festival, is seeking to remind...

EPA chief pledges more cleanups, less focus on climate

Environmental Protection Agency chief...

Wyoming lauds US carbon capture study; utility skeptical

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) —...

Jeep reveals hybrid Wrangler, 1st US battery-powered vehicle

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat...

EU share of electric cars grew during virus lockdown months

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) —...

Portugal: Young climate activists take 33 countries to court

LISBON, Portugal (AP) —...

Slammed by virus, France unveils huge economic rescue plan

PARIS (AP) — Facing...

Judge says owner of San Francisco Bay Area island broke law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —...

Damaged Venezuelan oil tanker drawing international concern

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) —...

Probe into waste spilled into Paris river from cement plant

PARIS (AP) — Paris...

Study: Cancer cases likely in those exposed to atomic test

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) —...

Tug responding to Mauritius oil spill sinks; 3 sailors dead

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The...

Firefighter killed at scene of wildfire in California forest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) —...

Thousands march in Mauritius over dead dolphins, oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Honking...

Mercedes gets big electric van order from Amazon

BERLIN (AP) — Amazon...

Damage from whopper hurricanes rising for many reasons

A destructive storm is...

14 dolphins die in Mauritius near Japanese ship’s oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At...

Sales of California pollution permits rebound in 3rd quarter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —...

Swiss team claims 1st jump, free fall from solar plane

BERLIN (AP) — A...

Search ends for 2 still missing after Texas port explosion

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP)...

2 bodies found, 2 missing after explosion in Texas port

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP)...

Corps: Alaska mine would have adverse impacts on salmon site

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (AP) —...

Whitmer: $600M Flint water deal a step toward making amends

LANSING, Mich. (AP) —...

Thunberg, fellow activists press Merkel over climate action

BERLIN (AP) — Young...

Source: Michigan reaches $600M deal in Flint water crisis

Michigan will pay $600...

California slammed by wildfires, heat, unhealthy smoky air

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

Mauritius arrests captain of Japanese ship that spilled oil

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities...

Mauritius copes with split Japanese ship that spilled oil

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Work...

Ship leaking tons of oil off Mauritius has split apart

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The...

Trump’s EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) —...

$205M in BP spill money for Louisiana coastal restoration

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)...

Daimler reaches deals to settle US diesel emissions claims

BERLIN (AP) — Daimler...

Grounded ship emptied of oil, but heavy damage for Mauritius

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Almost...

Mauritius seeks compensation as oil spill cleanup continues

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mauritius...

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