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Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule would allow states the flexibility to set their own standards for performance at existing coal-fired power plants, rather than follow a single federal standard

TRUMP AND COAL. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was a campaign promise by President Donald Trump and follows his decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement

No sign of dangerous toxicity at Texas blast site: environment agency

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:27 AM

This information indicates that there are no concentrations of concern for toxic materials reported at this time the Environmental Protection Agency says in a statement

CROSBY ROADBLOCKS. A roadblock is seen after a chemical plant operated by the Arkema Group had an explosion during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Crosby, Texas. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:10 AM

UPDATED Some experts and environmental groups warn Trump s order could be the opening salvo of an effort to undermine internationally agreed targets under the Paris Climate Accord

EPA HQ. A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says rolling back Obama s 2015 Clean Power Plan will bring back coal jobs

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM

3rd UPDATE An alarmed United Nations warn against abrupt funding cuts that would undermine its longer term reform efforts

AMERICAN AID. In this file photo, a USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Trump rushes to control communication of U.S. agencies

Jan 25, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Press Secretary Spicer: I don t think it s any surprise that when there s an administration turnover that we re going to review the policies

US President Donald Trump during a reception with Congressional leaders on January 23, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy – experts

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration with far reaching effects both in the United States and around the world

Climate activists rally, to urge politicians to stand against climate denial and hate, January 9, 2017 in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

Scientists fear the worst under a Trump presidency

Nov 16, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Donald Trump is seen by many as the most hostile to science of any American president in history

ENEMIES OF SCIENCE? In this file photo, Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech as Vice president-elect Mike Pence looks on during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

6 million Americans have lead-tainted water in homes, schools – report

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Tainted water is supplied to hundreds of daycare centers and schools the report from the USA Today says

WATER CRISIS. An undated handout made available on 16 January 2016 by the US Army National Guard shows Master Sgt. Brandon Post and Staff Sgt. Stephen Robel assist carrying water as part of Michigan National Guard support to water distribution mission in Flint, Michigan. US Army National Guard photo by Spc. Eric Bandy/EPA

VW says wrongfooted by US going public on emissions

Mar 07, 2016 - 10:09 PM

Embattled German automaker Volkswagen believed it could clear up emissions cheating allegations with US authorities amicably and was caught off guard by them going public instead

VW. The logo of German car maker Volkswagen is seen on the wheel cap of a vintage VW beetle car at a workshop in Usseln, western Germany, on November 4, 2015. Photo by DPA / Uwe Zucchi / Germany Out / AFP

Climate deal will live on, despite US blow – experts

Feb 13, 2016 - 4:44 PM

The US Supreme Court temporarily freezes the EPA s Clean Power Plan which is at the heart of Washington s commitments under the Paris Agreement

US CLIMATE POLICY. Smoke stacks of the Ravenswood Generating Station, which uses natural gas, fuel oil and kerosene to power its boilers, in Long Island City, New York, USA, 03 August 2015. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

US House blocks carbon emission rules, Obama set to veto

Dec 02, 2015 - 7:33 AM

Many conservatives deny climate change is a result of human industry and agriculture

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at ODCE in Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Scandal-hit Volkswagen names Porsche boss new CEO

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Calling the cheating a moral and policy disaster the company s supervisory board chief Berthold Huber says the group is now looking to Matthias Mueller who knows the company and its brands to tackle the crisis

NEW CEO. Matthias Mueller, new chief executive of Volkswagen AG, attends a press conference at the VW factory in in Wolfsburg, Germany, September 25, 2015. Photo by Ole Spata/EPA

Toxic spill from Colorado mine creeps through US southwest

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The spill prompts states of emergency to be declared in Colorado New Mexico and the vast Navajo Nation reservation that straddles state lines

TOXIC RIVER. A handout image dated August 5, 2015 and released August 11, 2015 buy the US Environmental Protection Agency showing soil and surroundings colored in a yellowish color at sampling point GKMSW07, below Gold King Mine after an EPA team working to investigate and address contamination at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colorado, unexpectedly triggered a large release of mine waste water into the upper portions of Cement Creek. Environmental Protection Agency/Handout/EPA

Making rice cultivation more eco-friendly

May 07, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The United Nations Development Programme UNDP suggests a holistic approach in addressing the climate related problems in agriculture

Steam powers Mondelēz Philippines’ manufacturing plant

Mar 07, 2015 - 10:02 AM

The use of the biomass boiler results in electricity savings comparable to the average annual consumption of a million households

Building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact – ministers

Jun 07, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The Paris agreement is meant to set the cap on years of haggling among the 195 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

Jun 02, 2014 - 11:34 PM

The move comes amid mounting signs of climate change A UN panel of scientists warned in April that polluters needed to act urgently to avoid increased droughts storms and coastline destruction

CLIMATE CHANGE. Power plants account for some 40% of US emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. File photo of power plants in China by How Hwee Young/EPA

Taiwan hails first US cabinet-level visit for 14 years

Apr 14, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Taiwan President Ma Ying jeou hailed the trip of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy as important for bilateral ties with Washington

IN TAIWAN. Gina McCarthy (C), the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, gestures while visiting the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

US plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

Apr 13, 2014 - 12:59 PM

The trip would be the first by a cabinet level US official to Taiwan since 2000 when then US president Bill Clinton sent transportation secretary Rodney Slater

US Supreme Court to weigh emissions rule

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:12 AM

The US Supreme Court will weigh efforts by President Barack Obama s administration to regulate greenhouse gases

The US Supreme Court in Washington DC, USA, 18 June 2012. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Obama lays out national plan to fight climate change

Jun 26, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Obama: As a president as a father and as an American I am here to say we need to act

CLIMATE SPEECH. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech on climate change at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, June 25, 2013. White House video frame grab

Obama to propose 'national plan' on climate change

Jun 25, 2013 - 9:37 PM

UPDATE Obama will bypass climate change skeptics in the US Congress and order tough new rules to curb carbon emissions

US President Barack Obama speaks in an online message posted at the White House official website June 22, 2013. Frame grab courtesy of the White House