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Home solar advocates push against proposed charge in Montana

Home solar advocates push against proposed charge in Montana

Renewable energy activists urged Montana regulators on Thursday to reject a utility's request to add a charge for homeowners who generate surplus electricity from their own solar panels.Over the past two decades, about 2,300 NorthWestern ...

HOT England to ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds

England to ban plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds

The UK government is taking steps to curb plastic pollution. Starting April 2020 plastic straws, cotton buds, and plastic stirrers, will only be provided under strict guidelines, for medical or scientific reasons. As part of the ...

Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

Deals were coming together Wednesday as Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders prepared for a special session to finish work on the state's next two-year budget.The Democratic governor, GOP Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka ...

Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine

Australian state leader intervenes to approve coal mine

An Australian state government leader intervened on Wednesday to fast-track a proposed coal mine days after voters rejected tougher action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the country's general election.The Carmichael mine proposed by India's ...

Bella Vista warned of unsafe air near underground dump fire

Bella Vista warned of unsafe air near underground dump fire

A property owner's association is warning residents about the unhealthy air near an underground fire that's been burning for 10 months at a former unlicensed dump in northwestern Arkansas.Crews began fighting the fire Saturday at ...

Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

Xcel Energy plans to end coal use in Upper Midwest by 2030

Xcel Energy said Monday the Minneapolis-based utility plans to retire its two remaining coal plants in the Upper Midwest by 2030, a decade earlier than scheduled, bringing praise from environmental groups.The company also announced plans ...

Regulators order river cleanup near former Michigan tannery

Regulators order river cleanup near former Michigan tannery

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a former tannery to dig contaminated sediment and excavate soil from areas in western Michigan after finding high pollution levels where the shoemaker once operated.The EPA sent a letter ...

Mexico City lifts pollution alert as air quality improves

Mexico City lifts pollution alert as air quality improves

Mexico's capital has lifted a pollution alert in effect since Wednesday saying the concentration of tiny particles in the air had fallen significantly.The environmental commission for the metropolitan area of some 20 million residents says ...

Group raises concerns over New Mexico’s landmark energy law

Group raises concerns over New Mexico’s landmark energy law

Proponents of New Mexico's energy industry say emails exchanged among environmentalists and a key member of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's cabinet represent a conflict of interest as the state was creating landmark legislation that set ...