New York state will ban all gas-powered vehicle sales by 2035

New York 09/14/21, 16:10

Gas-powered vehicle sales will be effectively phased out across New York state no later than the year 2035. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) recently signed Assembly Bill A4302 into law, which aims to make all in-state new passenger car and truck sales zero-emissions within 14 years. "New York is implementing the nation's most ...

Bill Gates lobbies for passage of infrastructure bill by offering billion-dollar sum

U.S. 08/14/21, 17:36

Multibillionaire tycoon Bill Gates has offered to contribute an additional $1.5 billion if House lawmakers join Democrats in passing the infrastructure bill, CNBC reported. Bill Gates' investment fund will commit that billion-dollar figure to support climate projects—in conjunction with the federal government—for example, aimed at developing technologies that reduce carbon emissions. A ...

Senate president: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

U.S. 06/25/19, 14:54

The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and left other key issues such as the state budget in limbo. The disclosure prompted young climate activists in the Senate ...

Trump EPA rolls back Obama rule on coal-fired power plants

Politics 06/19/19, 10:09

The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, signed a replacement rule that ...

2020 hopeful Inslee: Build US foreign policy around climate

2022 Campaign 06/05/19, 07:36

Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee is arguing the U.S. must shape its foreign policy around a commitment to combat the climate crisis. The Washington governor is outlining his agenda Wednesday in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Inslee tells The Associated Press he wants to use "all ...

Carnival will pay $20m over pollution from its cruise ships

U.S. 06/03/19, 13:25

Carnival Corp. has reached a tentative settlement with federal prosecutors in which the world's largest cruise line agreed to pay $20 million in fines for some of its ships continuing to pollute the oceans despite promising years ago to stop.The world's largest cruise line acknowledged in court documents Monday it ...

Report: Pennsylvania must do more to help Chesapeake Bay

U.S. 05/28/19, 09:49

A nonprofit that tracks pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is once again lambasting Pennsylvania for not doing enough to protect the nation's largest estuary.The Chesapeake Bay Foundation released a report Tuesday that says Pennsylvania's plan to reduce pollution is "woefully inadequate."States are tasked with keeping farm manure and storm water ...

Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors at California aquarium

U.S. 05/22/19, 00:11

At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale.A Southern California aquarium has built what is believed to ...

Work underway on British tanker sunk by U-boat off NY in WW2

U.S. 05/20/19, 14:38

Work is underway to extract oil from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II.A team has been at the site of the tanker, named Coimbra, since April 29 and has pumped more than 62,000 gallons (235,000 liters) of oil since May 11, ...

Regulators order river cleanup near former Michigan tannery

Enviroment 05/19/19, 09:58

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 last month listing several cleanup steps federal regulators want Wolverine World Wide to take this ...

Mexico City lifts pollution alert as air quality improves

Enviroment 05/17/19, 20:15

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 conditions are forecast to continue improving through the weekend.In a statement Friday, it said a ...

Mexico capital advises residents to stay inside due to fires

Enviroment 05/12/19, 17:03

Mexico City's government warned people Sunday to remain indoors as forest and brush fires carpeted the metropolis in a smoky haze that has alarmed even many of those accustomed to living with nagging air pollution.Outdoor activities on the capital's main avenue continued, although fewer capital dwellers than usual came out ...

Report: Air quality harmed as Texas oil production booms

U.S. 05/09/19, 00:15

The production of oil and natural gas in West Texas is booming but it's coming at a cost to residents who are regularly exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a report issued by an environmental group.The Environmental Integrity Project noted in a report released Thursday that the ...

Inslee signs mandate for carbon-free electricity by 2045

Enviroment 05/07/19, 18:21

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking a path to the White House on the message of climate change, signed a measure Tuesday that makes his state the fourth in the nation that has established a mandate to provide carbon-free electricity by a targeted date.The measure was among several environmental ...

United Nations to offer first report on global biodiversity

Europe 05/05/19, 23:02

Top scientists will tell the world Monday how bad off Mother Nature is.The United Nations plans to issue its first comprehensive scientific report on biodiversity, looking hard at the threat of extinction for Earth's plant and animal species and what it means for humanity.Report Chairman Robert Watson said last month ...

New Jersey gives $10M to anti-pollution work in Barnegat Bay

Enviroment 05/03/19, 12:40

New Jersey will spend $10 million on projects to prevent storm water pollution from entering the ecologically fragile Barnegat Bay, authorities said Friday.The state Department of Environmental Protection announced grants to nonprofit groups, local governments, and state colleges and universities that will institute projects to prevent polluted runoff from entering ...

Presidential hopeful Inslee wants 100% clean energy by 2030

2022 Campaign 05/03/19, 07:36

Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee, as part of his pledge to make combating climate change the top national priority, is calling for the nation's entire electrical grid and all new vehicles and buildings to be carbon pollution free by 2030. It's the first major policy proposal from the Washington governor as ...

Trust wants hungry bacteria to remove Lansing-area pollution

Enviroment 04/27/19, 10:36

Scientists want to use an unconventional method to remove pollution from former General Motors properties near Lansing where an underground plume of chemicals is creeping toward drinking water wells.The Lansing State Journal reports that the trust that controls the sites is proposing a method called "biosparging," which removes pollution by ...

Lawmakers weigh push to restrict drilling near sacred sites

U.S. 04/15/19, 13:24

Federal lawmakers ventured thousands of miles to hear from tribal leaders, archaeologists and others Monday as advocates urge Congress to establish greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest.A House subcommittee is exploring the possible effects of air pollution on sacred ...

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