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  • NYC mayor wants to boost solar power capacity five-fold Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 8:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase the solar power capacity of city-owned buildings five-fold. The push comes as part of a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the country's most populous city by 80 percent by 2050.. As part of the new initiative, panels will be placed on 88 additional buildings, including 66 schools, the Queens...

  • MEXICO CITY— A Mexican court has issued an injunction blocking further work on a real estate project in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun that activists say has almost killed a mangrove swamp at the site. But environmentalist Araceli Dominguez expressed hope after the order was announced Wednesday that the mangrove can be recovered now that a court has...

  • LIVONIA, Mich.— Ford Motor Company is conducting tests at one of its Detroit- area facilities after finding vinyl chloride in groundwater outside the plant. Samples with the chemical were found last summer at least 7 feet below ground on the east side of Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant, The Detroit News reported Wednesday. The automaker plans to drill borings...

  • Report: Climate change threatens food fish in Northeast Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 4:01 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE said. The study ranged from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the Gulf of Maine and is...

  • Latest: House panel seeks documents on Flint water crisis Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 11:48 AM ET

    Fred Upton of Michigan and Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday seeking information on Flint. The lawmakers are asking a series of questions, including details on how the two agencies are responding to the crisis and whether it is possible to...

  • Biggest offshore wind farm for UK Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 10:03 AM ET

    The world's largest offshore wind farm is to be built off the coast of England.

  • BELLE GLADE, Fla.— Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. "I smelled a strong odor and started feeling bad," worker Maria Garcia later told a state investigator. An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 3- European lawmakers on Wednesday backed a compromise deal to reduce car emissions that will still allow vehicles to exceed official pollution limits, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's emissions-test cheating scandal. The European Commission, the EU executive, had already begun trying to close a known gap between...

  • LONDON, Feb 3- The crisis in the British steel industry risks becoming a "death spiral", according to Angela Eagle, business spokeswoman for the country's opposition Labour Party. Of the top 10 national producers only one, India, raised production last year, according to the World Steel Association. In Europe, debate is raging about whether to grant China market...

  • LOS ANGELES— Top prosecutors in Los Angeles County and the state of California are the latest to make moves against a utility for a massive and still-flowing gas leak, joining a growing group that now includes several levels of government along with parts of the private sector. LA County's District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed misdemeanor criminal charges...

  • Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said Michigan officials ignored federal advice to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year and delayed for months before telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water. "What happened in Flint was avoidable and never should have...

  • The disclosure came six weeks after the EPA said VW had engaged in emissions cheating in 482,000 cars with smaller 2.0 liter engines that allowed vehicles to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution. After meetings between EPA and and our technicians, we filed a recall plan, "Audi of America spokesman Mark Clothier said Tuesday. The EPA said it also...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 2- Health experts are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day and lives under beds and inside closets. Until now, the best weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes in the United States has been outdoor pesticide fog sprayed by truck and airplane.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency and California said in November that the German automaker used undeclared auxiliary software to allow 80,000 Audi, Porsche and VW SUVs and larger cars to emit excess emissions. California had set a Tuesday deadline for VW to submit a plan to recall and fix the vehicles with engines that were designed by its Audi unit.

  • LOS ANGELES— The Volkswagen Group of America submitted its proposal Tuesday to bring Porsches, Audis and Volkswagen cars with six-cylinder, 3.0- liter diesel engines up to California's air quality standards after state regulators found the vehicles were programmed to emit cleaner emissions on government treadmill tests than on the real road.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former owner of Freedom Industries has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $20,000 fine for a 2014 chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Media outlets report Charles Herzing was sentenced Tuesday in Charleston federal court. Robert Reynolds, Freedom's former environmental...

  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles prosecutors filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against a utility for failing to immediately report a natural gas leak that has been gushing nonstop nearly 15 weeks. District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the charges aren't a solution to the problem, but Southern California Gas Co. needs to be held responsible for the leak that...

  • LOS ANGELES— City officials are acknowledging for the second time in recent months that the Port of Los Angeles failed to meet requirements to reduce pollution at a shipping terminal. An audit by the city-owned port found that the TraPac terminal near Wilmington did not comply with measures to improve air quality that were adopted years ago, the Los Angeles...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- China's capital has become notorious for its smog but the biggest contributors to local air pollution are industrial furnaces, district heating systems, residential fires and trucks rather than power plants. In 2013, the air over Beijing contained an average of 88 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre, compared with just 14-16 micrograms in the air...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 2- Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned auto bosses to Berlin on Tuesday to discuss ways to increase sales of low emissions electric and hybrid cars in the wake of Volkswagen's pollution cheating scandal. BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi now rank 12th, 14th and 22nd respectively in terms of global sales of hybrid and electric vehicles, data from LMC...