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  • NY governor: Denying global warming isn't a survival plan 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 7:49 pm

    NEW YORK - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday joined government leaders worldwide in signing an agreement to help combat global warming and keep the Earth's average temperature from rising dangerously.

  • VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-08-15 4:27 pm

    WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.

  • EPA pushes for 'smart thermostats' as way to limit pollution story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 4:06 pm

    CHICAGO - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled "smart thermostats" as a way to limit carbon pollution and improve public health.

  • ArcelorMittal sued over soot from Pennsylvania coke plant 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 3:38 pm

    PITTSBURGH - An environmental activist group sued ArcelorMittal USA on Thursday for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by showering nearby residents with soot and other pollutants from a western Pennsylvania coke plant more than 200 times since it reopened in April 2014.

  • The Latest: Lawmakers press EPA on its response to VW case story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 3:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - The latest on the congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions-rigging (all times local):

  • EPA investigating VW emissions controls in 2016 diesels story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 8:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - Volkswagen plans to withdraw applications seeking U.S. emissions certifications for its 2016 model Jettas, Golfs, Passats and Beetles with diesel engines, raising the possibility that an emissions-rigging device similar to earlier models is also included in its new cars.

  • California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030 story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-07-15 8:00 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals on Wednesday, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.

  • Grambling State building closes for asbestos removal 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 8:08 am

    GRAMBLING, Louisiana - Woodson Hall at Grambling State University will close for at least two weeks while repairs are made, including asbestos removal.

  • VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 6:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal.

  • Vote on loosening emissions testing awaits Tenn. lawmakers 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 3:33 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.

  • Groups form alliance to tackle climate change by initiative 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:38 am

    SEATTLE - A broad coalition of groups says it's launching an initiative effort to tackle climate change in Washington.

  • VW pollution test site under scrutiny amid cheating scandal story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 6:38 pm

    OXNARD, California - When Volkswagen opened its gleaming pollution testing center near the California coast, a top executive from the German automaker helped snip the blue ribbon and joined a tour of a lab so advanced that VW would brag the air inside was cleaner than in the surrounding strawberry fields.

  • VW tells lawmakers 8M cars in Europe hit by emissions probe story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 3:22 pm

    BERLIN - Volkswagen says 8 million cars in the European Union are affected by an investigation into whether the automaker manipulated emissions tests, according to a letter received Monday by German lawmakers.

  • UN releases a draft for potential agreement on climate 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 3:01 pm

    PARIS - The United Nations on Monday released a first draft of the negotiating text for the major conference on climate taking place in Paris in December.

  • US, Chile declare new marine reserves, fight overfishing story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:30 pm

    VALPARAISO, Chile - President Barack Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration.

  • AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-03-15 12:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

  • Nevada officials react warily to EPA's new ozone rule 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:51 am

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada leaders reacted cautiously this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's stricter new limits on smog-causing pollution, with Gov. Brian Sandoval saying the rule could punish the state for circumstances out of its control and environmental and manufacturing groups staking out opposite positions against it.

  • Xcel Energy plans to retire 2 of 3 coal-fired Sherco units 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:34 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy announced plans Friday to retire two of the three units at its huge Sherco coal-fired power plant in Becker, the largest power plant in Minnesota, as part of a strategy to cut its carbon emissions 60 percent by 2030.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 1:19 pm

    NEW DELHI - India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:59 am

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

  • US regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:19 am

    CHICAGO - More than a decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped develop a technology that ultimately was used by an independent laboratory to catch Volkswagen's elaborate cheating on car emissions tests. But EPA used the technology primarily to test trucks rather than passenger cars because such heavy equipment was a much bigger polluter.

  • EU car tests unlike those in US - but have similar failings story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:14 am

    BRUSSELS - Here's the main thing the United States and the European Union's auto emissions tests have in common: holes so big that manufacturers could, so to speak, drive cars through them.

  • AP News in Brief at 9:58 p.m. EDT 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 11:00 pm

    Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college before dying in shootout; at least 9 dead

  • DuPont to pay $724K after explosion that killed worker 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:29 pm

    TONAWANDA, New York - DuPont has agreed to pay $724,000 to settle Clean Air Act violations that contributed to a 2010 explosion that killed a contractor and burned another at its western New York plant.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:18 pm

    STOCKHOLM - As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.