- Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws Updated: Apr-30-16 1:48 am
HOUSTON - Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.
- Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution Updated: Apr-29-16 7:04 pm
WASHINGTON - An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.
- Study analyzes impact of Washington state coal-export plan Updated: Apr-29-16 6:25 pm
SEATTLE - A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington state could have unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety, according to an environmental review released Friday.
- Dominion makes case for moving forward on nuclear Updated: Apr-29-16 5:33 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power is defending its heavy spending on a potential new nuclear power plant, one the company may not actually build and could cost more than $19 billion to complete.
- Corporation Commission approves utility plant upgrade Updated: Apr-28-16 5:21 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a plan by the state's largest electric utility to spend about $500 million to upgrade its coal-fired power plant in northern Oklahoma.
- Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal Updated: Apr-28-16 11:04 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.
- Unfair labor practices complaint filed against Volkswagen Updated: Apr-27-16 4:02 pm
- Kemper project to cost Mississippi Power another $61 million Updated: Apr-26-16 8:04 pm
GULFPORT, Mississippi - Mississippi Power Co. will spend another $61 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.7 billion, the company said Tuesday.
- Groundbreaking planned for Wyoming carbon-conversion lab Updated: Apr-26-16 4:44 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and others on Wednesday will formally kick off construction of a laboratory where researchers will test new technologies to make profitable use of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant.
- Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules Updated: Apr-26-16 4:14 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants.
- Ex-battery recycling plant in Texas meets lead safety rules Updated: Apr-25-16 4:14 pm
FRISCO, Texas - A closed Dallas-area battery recycling plant officially meets U.S. safety standards for lead in a lingering dispute over emissions and contamination.
- Report: Only 1 New Hampshire county gets failing ozone grade Updated: Apr-25-16 12:18 am
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - A report by the American Lung Association has found that New Hampshire's Rockingham County is the only one in the state that's received a failing grade for high ozone days.
- Alaska aquarium replaces fossil fuel with seawater system Updated: Apr-23-16 6:31 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Thousands of people visit the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for a look at Steller sea lions or harlequin ducks.
- LePage says China's energy plan is better than Maine bill Updated: Apr-23-16 11:43 am
AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage in his weekly radio address says that the Chinese Communist Party's plan to reduce carbon emissions is "more sensible" than a Maine bill that would establish new solar policy for the state.
- Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants Updated: Apr-23-16 9:56 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's four nuclear plants, which generate more than a quarter of the state's electricity, are going through turbulent times amid slumping power prices. And depending on how things play out, one or more could shut down entirely, affecting jobs, power reliability, electricity bills and carbon emissions.
- Progressive era inspired Clean Air, Clean Water acts Updated: Apr-23-16 2:05 am
MISSOULA, Montana - When Leon Billings was first asked to join a Congressional subcommittee on pollution, he was not interested.
- 175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change Updated: Apr-22-16 6:08 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The historic agreement on climate change marked a major milestone on Friday with a record 175 countries signing on to it on opening day. But world leaders made clear more action is needed, and quickly, to fight a relentless rise in global temperatures.
- Bad week for German automakers: Huge costs, new probe Updated: Apr-22-16 5:22 pm
WOLFSBURG, Germany - It's been a bad week for German automakers.
- The Latest: US says world closer to key goal on climate deal Updated: Apr-22-16 4:52 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The Latest on the U.N. signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on climate change (all times local):
- NYC mayor announces steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions Updated: Apr-22-16 4:29 pm
NEW YORK - The city will require private building owners to update heating and power systems to help meet a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.
- Providence sets goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 Updated: Apr-22-16 4:07 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Providence joined a host of other cities worldwide in committing on Earth Day, Friday, to reduce its carbon emissions.
- German automakers to recall 630,000 diesel cars in Europe Updated: Apr-22-16 10:11 am
BERLIN - Five German automakers have agreed to recall a total of 630,000 diesel vehicles in Europe following an investigation into their emissions levels, officials said Friday.
- PSA auto producer: fraud squad visit in emissions probe Updated: Apr-22-16 4:49 am
PARIS - French car giant PSA Group, which produces Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, says the fraud squad has paid a visit and seized some material as part of a probe into emissions after the Volkswagen scandal.
- California governor's greenhouse-gas cuts scrutinized Updated: Apr-21-16 8:14 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The top lawyer for the California Legislature says Gov. Jerry Brown exceeded his authority when he issued an executive order imposing what he called the most aggressive carbon-emission reductions in North America, aligning California with the European Union's aggressive climate change standards.
- Pinal County to stop issuing burn permits at end of month Updated: Apr-21-16 7:08 pm
FLORENCE, Arizona - Authorities in Pinal County say are going to stop issuing burn permits later this month in response to a growing wildfire risk.