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Obama seeks more coordination on dealing with drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday directed the federal government to come up with a less reactionary and more long-term strategy for dealing with drought. About 12.5 percent of the continental U.S. was experiencing drought as of mid-March, said Alice Hill, a key Obama aide on this issue. That translates into more than 39 million people, or about ...

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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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Panel: Finding climate fingerprints in wild weather is valid

Panel: Finding climate fingerprints in wild weather is valid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate science has progressed so much that experts can accurately detect global warming’s fingerprints on certain extreme weather events, such as a heat wave, according to a high-level scientific advisory panel. For years scientists have given almost a rote response to the question of whether an instance of weird weather was from global warming, insisting that they ...

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Oregon lawmakers approve pioneering pro-climate coal bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have given final approval to pioneering legislation that will eliminate coal from the state’s energy supply by 2030 and provide half of customers’ power with renewable sources by 2040. The measure passed by the Oregon Senate Wednesday underscores a leadership role on environmental issues the state has staked out over the years. The state ...

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New York lawmakers want state pension fund to drop oil companies

The United States flag hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange. (Image: Dan Nelson via Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly a dozen state lawmakers want New York’s public pension fund to drop stock holdings in oil, gas and coal companies as part of a movement against global warming. Sponsors say climate change threatens New Yorkers’ safety, health and wealth by raising sea levels, increasing storm intensity and droughts, threatening biodiversity, damaging property and raising insurance, ...

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California disaster top methane release in US history

Study: California leak was top methane release in US history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas leak that sickened Los Angeles residents and forced thousands from their homes was the largest known release of climate-changing methane in U.S. history, scientists reported Thursday. The 16-week blowout from a well at a Southern California Gas Co. storage facility spewed 107,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane, according to a study ...

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