Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. Although the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that disadvantaged communities in America are disproportionately affected […]

Water near Arizona Air Force base is tainted in latest case

The U.S. Air Force says it will distribute bottled water until at least April to thousands of residents near its base in suburban Phoenix By ANITA SNOW Associated Press February 26, 2021, 5:45 AM • 4 min read PHOENIX — The U.S. Air Force says it will be distributing bottled water to thousands of residents […]

European court: governments must prove climate change effort

A top European court is forcing 33 governments to prove they are cutting emissions in line with the requirements of the 2015 Paris climate accord By BARRY HATTON Associated Press February 26, 2021, 12:14 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LISBON, Portugal — A top European court is forcing […]

New Mexico goes to court over slow cleanup at US nuclear lab

New Mexico is going after the federal government for failing to make progress on cleaning up contamination left behind by decades of bomb-making and nuclear research at one of the nation’s premier labs By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press February 25, 2021, 7:48 PM • 3 min read ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico is going […]

World leaders applaud US formal return to Paris climate pact

The United States is once again part of the Paris climate accord By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer February 19, 2021, 5:47 AM • 4 min read The United States is back in the Paris climate accord, just 107 days after it left. While Friday’s return is heavily symbolic, world leaders say they expect America […]

Plume of Sahara dust caused spike in European air pollution

Researchers say a plume of Sahara dust that has blanketed parts of southern and central Europe in recent days caused a short, sharp spike in air pollution across the region ByThe Associated Press February 9, 2021, 1:39 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — A plume of Sahara […]