- Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants Updated: Aug-02-15 7:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.
- How will Nevada handle Obama's historic anti-pollution push? Updated: Aug-01-15 2:55 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - The Obama administration is embarking on an unprecedented push to limit the amount of carbon pollution from the nation's power plants, and Nevada expects to find out this week how much it needs to reduce emissions.
- Officials to update Treasure Valley air quality standards Updated: Jul-31-15 3:03 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release updated air quality standards for the Treasure Valley in the next two months.
- Company revises plan for layout of Eastern Oregon gold mine Updated: Jul-30-15 1:22 pm
ONTARIO, Oregon - Calico Resources Corp. officials have revised plans for their proposed gold mine, moving the processing facilities closer to the mine.
- Heat warning issued for Philadelphia, suburbs Updated: Jul-29-15 6:17 am
PHILADELPHIA - Hazy, hot and humid conditions are blanketing Philadelphia and its suburbs.
- Washington governor seeks plan to limit carbon emissions Updated: Jul-28-15 7:10 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday directed the state Department of Ecology to develop a plan to cap carbon emissions in the state and to increase enforcement of existing pollution laws, saying that the state can't wait for legislative action to address climate change.
- Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states Updated: Jul-28-15 6:19 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.
- Heat, humidity expected to lead to poor air quality Updated: Jul-28-15 5:16 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Federal environmental officials say the hot and humid weather is expected to produce poor air quality in southern Connecticut, coastal Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
- Ozone alert declared in the Baton Rouge region Updated: Jul-28-15 8:20 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The state Department of Environmental Quality has declared an ozone action day because air pollution could get high enough in the afternoon to cause health problems for some people in the Baton Rouge region.
- Smog component spike triggers Pittsburgh air quality alert Updated: Jul-28-15 7:55 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The state has issued an air quality alert for the Pittsburgh area, saying clear, warm conditions will spike levels of a key smog component.
- Group airs ad attacking Sen. Burr's opposition to EPA plan Updated: Jul-27-15 5:08 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A Washington-based environmental advocacy group launched two ads Monday attacking North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr's opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to curb emissions from power plants.
- Beijing touts experience, facilities in 2022 Olympic bid Updated: Jul-27-15 2:32 am
BEIJING - Beijing has marketed its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics as the reliable choice, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow, notoriously bad air pollution and warnings about the government's treatment of political dissidents and minority groups.
- Many NC counties proposed to cut car emissions testing Updated: Jul-26-15 11:38 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Drivers in more than half of North Carolina's 48 counties requiring vehicle emissions tests may be able to forego the $30 inspection under new legislation moving through the state Legislature.
- DNR wants to expand projects that don't require analysis Updated: Jul-23-15 4:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Department of Natural Resources wants to permanently expand the list of projects that don't require an environmental analysis, including air pollution permits, decisions affecting factory farms and dam repairs.
- Colorado officials planning for new carbon pollution rules Updated: Jul-23-15 4:40 pm
DENVER - Colorado officials say they're planning for an expected EPA rule next month that could require a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions nationwide by 2030.
- Mississippi delegation attacks carbon dioxide limits Updated: Jul-23-15 11:55 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - All members of Mississippi's congressional delegation say new federal carbon dioxide reduction goals are prohibitively expensive and unattainable, despite significant investments to improve air quality in the state.
- Louisiana editorial roundup Updated: Jul-22-15 3:33 pm
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- NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules Updated: Jul-22-15 1:55 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina senator introduced legislation on Wednesday to block state agencies from taking action on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut carbon emissions on power plants until the rules complete what will likely be a lengthy legal challenge.
- The Latest: Most of New Jersey warehouse fire under control Updated: Jul-22-15 12:28 pm
NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - The latest on the large warehouse fire in North Brunswick, New Jersey (all times local):
- World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' Updated: Jul-21-15 11:25 pm
VATICAN CITY - Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power.
- Gov. Brown: Millions are suffering because of climate change Updated: Jul-21-15 1:23 pm
VATICAN CITY - At a climate summit at the Vatican, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the world may have reached a tipping point on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.
- Birmingham mayor: Pleased to back pope's call to end slavery Updated: Jul-21-15 10:44 am
VATICAN CITY - The latest developments at the Vatican's meeting of mayors on fighting climate change and human trafficking. All times local.
- Iowa punishes companies for environmental law violations Updated: Jul-21-15 8:56 am
OSAGE, Iowa - The state Natural Resources Department has punished three companies in northern Iowa, saying they violated environmental laws.
- State approves tar sands mine but requires water monitoring Updated: Jul-20-15 7:11 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah state officials have given the go-ahead for a tar sands mine under construction on the eastern flank of the state. They will, however, require the company to do water and air quality monitoring in a move environmentalists are calling a victory.
- State officials warn of heat, humidity on young, elderly Updated: Jul-20-15 2:49 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - The heat and humidity have prompted Connecticut environmental officials to forecast unhealthy air quality for children and adults such as the elderly who have asthma and other respiratory illnesses.