Maryland Senate OKs ban on foam for food, drink containers

U.S. 03/05/19, 14:36

Maryland's Senate voted Tuesday to make the state the first in the nation to ban foam containers for food and drink to fight pollution.The Senate voted 34-13 for the measure, which now goes to the House of Delegates.Sen. Cheryl Kagan, a Democrat who's sponsoring the bill, says more than half ...

California lawmakers want $100 billion toward clean energy

California 03/04/19, 16:14

A group of Democratic California lawmakers called Monday for the state to invest $100 billion to drastically reduce its carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels by 2030. A resolution proposed by Democratic Sen. Henry Stern would set the non-binding goal and also declare a climate emergency, citing recent devastating wildfires ...

Colorado Dems unveil plan for big change in oil-gas drilling

Enviroment 03/01/19, 21:40

Colorado Democratic lawmakers released a plan late Friday afternoon for a major overhaul of oil and gas regulations that would make human health and environmental protection the state's highest priority, not energy production.The bill also includes provisions giving local governments the authority to regulate the location of new wells and ...

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama

Enviroment 02/26/19, 15:36

U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher standard. The move keeps in place a threshold for sulfur dioxide pollution established in 2010 by the U.S. Environmental ...

Gold company says EPA is mishandling Colorado mining cleanup

Enviroment 02/26/19, 14:51

A gold company says the Environmental Protection Agency is mismanaging the cleanup of nearly 50 mining sites in Colorado and should be removed as the agency in charge.Sunnyside Gold Corp. made the complaint Monday in a letter to the EPA. Sunnyside owns mining property in the Bonita Peak Superfund district ...

Noise-weary New York ponders a gentler, European-style siren

New York 02/26/19, 01:06

If two New York City lawmakers get their way, the long, droning siren from police cars, fire trucks and ambulances that has been part of the city's soundtrack for generations — WAAAAAhhhhhhh — would be replaced by a high-low wail similar to what's heard on the streets of London and ...

Ford begins probe into whether gas mileage was overstated

Business 02/21/19, 16:57

Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether flaws in an internal mathematical model may have caused it to overstate gas mileage and understate pollution from a wide range of vehicles.The company says a group of employees reported possible problems with the model in September, prompting the company to ...

High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

Politics 02/19/19, 11:13

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or ...

EU gets heavy-duty on pollution: 1st standards for trucks

Europe 02/19/19, 05:14

The European Union on Tuesday reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down.The agreement among negotiators from the European Parliament and member states says that such emissions for new trucks will have to be 30 percent down by 2030 ...

Leader of new climate panel talks of need for ‘bold action’

Politics 02/09/19, 01:50

It does not yet have office space, staff or even Republican members, but Florida Rep. Kathy Castor is confident that a special House committee on climate change will play a leading role on one of the most daunting challenges facing the planet. Castor, who chairs the new panel, says those early ...

Push resumes to recognize official Pennsylvania amphibian

U.S. 02/04/19, 19:08

The Pennsylvania Senate renewed its push Monday to make a slimy and unsightly salamander the state's official amphibian in an effort to highlight the plight of a creature whose numbers researchers say are declining rapidly because of pollution in rivers and streams.The Senate approved the bill in support of the ...

Hundreds protest in Germany against ban on older diesel cars

Business 02/02/19, 12:57

German police say around 800 people have demonstrated in the southwestern city of Stuttgart against a new ban on driving older diesel cars.Stuttgart, a German auto industry center, on Jan. 1 became the first major German city to introduce a large-scale ban on driving older diesel cars with looser emissions ...

Bangkok flies drones, seeks better ideas to improve bad air

Health 01/31/19, 01:26

A fleet of drones, trucks and small planes are spraying water to try to reduce dust around Bangkok while the governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve the air quality in the Thai capital.Unhealthy levels of air pollution forced city schools to close Wednesday for the rest of ...

Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

World 01/30/19, 03:58

More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have been shut as several weeks of dangerously unhealthy air pollution causes increasing concern.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha directed Bangkok's governor to order the closure of 437 schools from noon Wednesday through the end of the week after officials said the pollution would ...

New Mexico governor joins alliance against climate change

U.S. 01/29/19, 19:47

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday committed her fledgling Democratic administration to aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions amid a boom in oil and natural gas production in the state, while endorsing goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming. Flanked by newly appointed energy ...

German official rebuffs call for halt to emissions checks

World 01/28/19, 11:03

Germany's environment minister rejected Monday calls for a halt to roadside emissions tests that found excessive air pollution and fueled fears of a widespread ban on diesel cars in cities.An open letter published last week and signed by some 100 doctors questioned whether existing limits on pollutants from cars were ...

Minnesota agency looks to revamp landfill regulations

Enviroment 01/27/19, 11:45

For decades in Minnesota, landfills for construction and demolition debris have not been required to use linings that stop toxic pollutants from seeping into groundwater. As the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency tells it, the waste wasn't considered to be an environmental risk when the landfill rules were first implemented in ...

Judge upholds permit for oil refinery near national park

U.S. 01/24/19, 16:52

A North Dakota judge has upheld a state permit allowing construction to begin on an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, upsetting environmental groups hoping to stop the project.Judge Dann Greenwood ruled that the state Health Department has effectively supported its position that the $800 million Davis Refinery will ...

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