Energy and the environment

After announcing and speaking about the Microsoft Carbon Footprint reduction CFO Amy Hood, President Brad Smith and Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa leaves the atrium on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)
January 16, 2020 - 6:46 pm
Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen "not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.” It's a major step up from Microsoft's...
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A man casts his shadow in the coal port of the Mehrum coal-fired power plant in the district of Peine in Hohenhameln, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Germany wants to gradually phase out the climate-damaging combustion of coal for electricity generation by 2038. ( Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
January 16, 2020 - 8:40 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany will pay utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country's efforts to fight climate change, the government said Thursday. The agreement reached after late-night deliberations between federal ministers and...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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January 15, 2020 - 3:28 am
MILWAUKEE (AP) — As President Donald Trump rallied supporters Tuesday night by defending his decision to kill a top Iranian general, the Democrats vying to replace him used their final debate before primary voting begins to argue that doing so made the country less safe. With Trump firing up...
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FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted a final rule on gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
January 14, 2020 - 7:54 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted...
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January 07, 2020 - 2:56 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A permit needed to build a natural gas compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia was thrown out Tuesday by a federal court that found the state failed to adequately consider the potential health effects on a historic African American community. The...
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Wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
January 07, 2020 - 8:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell sharply last year, putting the country's 2020 climate goal within reach again. A report released Tuesday by the think tank Agora Energiewende found that emissions fell by 6.5% in 2019 compared with the previous year — equivalent to 50 million...
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FILE - In a Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, members of the state Assembly listen to an address by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, at the in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers will return to work for the second half of their two-year session. Gov. Gavin Newsom must present his budget proposal to lawmakers by Friday, Jan.10, 2020. Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly have until Jan. 31 to act on bills that were carried over from last year. Democrats have comfortable majorities in both chambers. Democratic leaders say they plan to focus this year on combating homelessness, protecting the environment and mitigating impacts from wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 05, 2020 - 11:26 am
SACRAMENTO, CAlif. (AP) — In a state burdened by billions of dollars in wildfire damage, California lawmakers are hoping for an advance loan before the next climate-fueled catastrophe hits. Lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state Legislature return to work Monday for the second year of a two-...
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December 31, 2019 - 8:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is shutting down one of its seven remaining nuclear power plants as part of a planned phase-out of atomic energy production by the end of 2022. Utility company EnBW has said it will take the Philippsburg Nuclear Power Plant off the grid at 7 p.m. (1800 GMT) Tuesday. The plant'...
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December 31, 2019 - 5:56 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday began preliminary pumping of gas from a lucrative field in the Mediterranean Sea to its coastline rig, just days before it is to sign a a major pipeline deal with Greece and Cyprus. The start of the so-called “flushing process” took place after repeated delays due...
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December 25, 2019 - 7:09 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A utility company in South Carolina finished removing all the coal ash from the site of a nearly 50-year-old power plant on the Wateree River. The work to remove the toxic ash byproduct of making power from burning coal was finished at the Wateree Station east of Columbia more...
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