Energy and the environment

September 08, 2020 - 10:37 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association argues that the creation...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks about the rollback of the 2016 methane emissions rules to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Wheeler says a second Trump administration term would bring more focus on pollution cleanups and less on climate change. Wheeler defended the administration's environmental record Sept. 3, 2020, in a speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the EPA's founding. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
September 03, 2020 - 11:38 pm
Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Thursday defended the Trump administration's record on protecting the nation's air and water and said a second term would bring a greater focus on pollution cleanups in disadvantaged communities and less emphasis on climate change. In a speech...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres listens to a reporter during a joint news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan. Guterres on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, has urged Japan and other wealthy nations to give up their reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)
September 03, 2020 - 7:21 am
The United Nations chief urged Japan and other wealthy nations on Thursday to give up their reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the appeal in an address to an...
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September 02, 2020 - 5:53 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have for the first time approved a design for a small commercial nuclear reactor, and a Utah energy cooperative wants to build 12 of them in Idaho. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday approved Portland-based NuScale Power’s application for the small...
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FILE - This July 18, 2018, file photo, shows the Mountain Valley Pipeline route on Brush Mountain in Virginia. The Trump administration is seeking to fast track environmental reviews of the pipeline and dozens of other energy, highway and other infrastructure projects across the U.S. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)
September 02, 2020 - 11:34 am
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to fast track environmental reviews of dozens of major energy and infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, including oil and gas drilling, hazardous fuel pipelines, wind farms and highway projects in multiple states, according...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2016, file photo, officials from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission visit St., George, Utah, to examine the route of the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline. The project is one of dozens that the Trump administration has targeted for fast-tracked environmental review during the COVID-19 emergency. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
September 01, 2020 - 8:03 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. __ The Trump administration is seeking to fast track environmental reviews of dozens of major energy and infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, including oil and gas drilling, hazardous fuel pipelines, wind farms and highway projects in multiple states, according to...
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FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday, July 27, 2018. The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
August 31, 2020 - 7:04 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday finalized its weakening of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing polluted wastewater from coal-burning power plants that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers The change will allow utilities to use cheaper technologies and...
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FILE- In this June 4, 2011 file photo, Indian laborers carry firewood, as smoke rises from a bricks factory on the outskirts of Jammu, India. India should commit to carbon neutrality by ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in clean solar power as it mobilizes trillion of dollars to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)
August 28, 2020 - 4:42 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India should commit to carbon neutrality by ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in clean solar power as it mobilizes trillion of dollars to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. chief said Friday. Secretary-General António Guterres said India is at a crossroads and...
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Swiss adventurer Raphael Domjan jumps from the SolarStratos solar powered aircraft prototype with Spanish test pilot Miguel A. Iturmendi aboard during a test flight and attempt to break two world records at the airbase in Payerne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Two world record were made during today's test flight, the first jump in history from an electric aircraft exclusively charged with solar energy and the first solar free fall. The main objective of the SolarStratos Mission project is to be the first solar flight to achieve stratospheric flight. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
August 25, 2020 - 6:28 am
BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss team working to take a solar-powered plane to the edge of space says it has performed the first jump and free fall from an electric aircraft. The SolarStratos team said its experimental plane took off from an airfield in western Switzerland with two people on board early...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2020, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks after Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduced her as his running mate during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del. After following her career for years, Harris' extended family in Jamaica is elated at their relative’s rise to a historic nomination. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
August 19, 2020 - 11:50 pm
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama warned Wednesday night that American democracy may not survive if Donald Trump is reelected, delivering a scathingly remarkable assessment of his successor at the Democratic National Convention. Then delegates broke a historic barrier by...
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