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Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The federal government and big energy companies lost an important round Friday in their effort to block a climate change lawsuit by young plaintiffs who contend the U.S. is failing to protect them from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade ...

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Officials: Plant owners to pay $8.5M for federal pollution violations

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say the operators of a western Massachusetts power plant will pay $8.5 million after agreeing to plead guilty to tampering with air pollution monitoring equipment and submitting false information to regulators. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced Wednesday that the Berkshire Power Plant’s owner, Berkshire Power Co., and manager, Power Plant Management Services, will pay the ...

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MDU part of government-industry methane reduction effort

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota-based Montana-Dakota Utilities is among 41 energy companies taking part in a government-industry partnership to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled its Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, capable of trapping 25 times more heat ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio says China can be ‘climate change hero’

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, right, stands next to a hostess holding a paper bearing the Chinese characters which wrote by him during a news conference of the movie "The Revenant" at a hotel in Beijing, Sunday, March 20, 2016. DiCaprio has praised China's work to combat climate change and says he believes the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases could be "the hero of the environmental movement." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio praised China’s work to combat climate change on a trip to Beijing on Sunday, and said he believes the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases could be “the hero of the environmental movement.” The actor and environmentalist, who called for action to combat climate change during his Oscar acceptance speech last month, praised China’s shift ...

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McConnell: Obama climate plan hinges on next president

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senate’s Republican leader said Monday as he urged the nation’s 50 governors to continue a “wait-and-see” approach on Obama’s plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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Wisconsin Senate passes bill relaxing emission regulations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that would relax Wisconsin’s sulfur dioxide emission regulations and rework utilities’ obligations to pay into the state’s renewable energy program. The bill, which already cleared the Assembly, would eliminate requirements that major utilities submit annual plans to state regulators for complying with sulfur dioxide emission goals. It would also ...

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China says slowing economy won’t stop anti-pollution efforts

BEIJING (AP) — China will not return to its era of pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment despite its slowing economy, the country’s environment minister said Friday. Chen Jining said China would continue to restructure its economy away from heavily polluting companies to create more room for “good companies” to develop and focus on technological innovation, for ...

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Climate chief expects 80-100 signatures on landmark treaty

United Nations Headquarters. (Image: United Nations Photo)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The official in charge of global climate negotiations says between 80 and 100 countries are expected to sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change reached in Paris in December at a ceremony at U.N. headquarters on April 22. Segolene Royal, French environment minister and newly-appointed president of U.N.-led climate negotiations, said Friday that more than ...

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