September 13, 2018

September 12, 2018

In Hurricane Florence’s Path: Giant Toxic Coal Ash Piles

Dozens of toxic coal ash piles across the Southeast are in the path of what is forecast to be days of torrential rains and flash flooding from Hurricane Florence. Environmental advocates are warning that the giant impoundments, often built beside waterways, are at risk of spills or collapsing. A map shows how widespread the problem could be.

Zinke Looks to Ease Federal Wildlife Regulations

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has asked officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies to pinpoint federal policies for wildlife on federal land that are more restrictive than the local state rules and to find ways to ease the policies. Critics say it could lead to a major rollback of wildlife protections.

Much of EU Failing on Pollution Limits, Auditor Warns

European Union governments are failing to comply with air quality rules that are already weaker than the World Health Organization's guidelines, EU auditors warned. As many as 23 of the 28 nations are not complying with existing limits on pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.

September 11, 2018

EU Lawmakers Back 45% CO2 Cut for Cars, Vans by 2030

European Union lawmakers are backing a more ambitious carbon dioxide reduction target for fleets of cars and vans — 45 percent by 2030 — setting up a fight with national governments. The draft rules endorsed in the European Parliament's Environment Committee also set an interim goal of a 20 percent reduction by 2025.

September 10, 2018

Gov. Brown Signs 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill in California

California solidified its role as a world leader on climate action as Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday to shift the state to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. The legislation is one of his crowning environmental achievements and comes on the cusp of the Global Climate Action Summit he is hosting this week.

Pipeline Company Convicted in 2015 California Oil Spill

A California jury found Plains All American Pipeline company guilty of polluting state water and harming wildlife in a major oil spill three years ago along the Pacific shoreline. The U.S. Department of Transportation report concluded a year after the spill that numerous lapses in safety, judgment and planning had led to and worsened the disaster.

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