Environmental concerns

A group of supporters of the trial shows banners reading "unjust sentence" in front of Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The court on Thursday ruled that three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima meltdown. It was the only criminal trial in the nuclear disaster that has kept tens of thousands of residents away from their homes because of lingering radiation contamination. (Satoru Yonemaru/Kyodo News via AP)
September 19, 2019 - 10:10 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement at that...
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September 19, 2019 - 12:12 am
A group of more than 500 major institutional investors is urging governments to do more to tackle climate change, ahead of a U.N. summit on the issue next week. The banks, insurance companies and pension funds warned Thursday that current national commitments won't meet the goal of the 2015 Paris...
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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 18, 2019 - 10:41 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump remains on a war footing. With California. Trump's primary mission during his two-day visit to the state was to raise millions from wealthy Republicans. But he also made a point of deriding the state's handling of its homeless crisis, and on Wednesday, he...
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The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency is seen in Washington as President Donald Trump announces that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Critics say the move would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 18, 2019 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming...
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President Donald Trump arrives at Moffett Federal Airfield to attend a fundraiser, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 18, 2019 - 11:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and California's fuel emissions standards (all times local): 11:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators. In a tweet...
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This Feb. 14, 2019, photo released by Caltrans District 3 shows a 7-mile back up on the South bound Interstate 5, as it reopens to traffic in Maxwell in Colusa County, Calif. The Trump administration is poised revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. (Caltrans District 3 via AP)
September 17, 2019 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal...
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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, as organizer Alicia Garza, right, looks on during an event with Supermajority in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
September 17, 2019 - 5:23 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday visited a South Carolina city ravaged by hurricanes twice in three years and pledged to improve the government response to disasters as part of an effort to combat storm damage that he says is the result of climate...
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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, center, who has called on world leaders to step up their efforts against global warming, listens to remarks by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 17, 2019 - 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress hailed Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg as a "superpower" for her work to spark a worldwide, youth-driven push to fight climate change. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the 16-year-old Thunberg and other young activists bring "moral clarity" to the fight...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. A new study released Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. During pregnancy, particle pollution is linked to premature births and low birth weight, but scientists don’t understand why. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
September 17, 2019 - 11:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone's health, and during...
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Display cars are parked at a Volkswagen dealership in Sydney, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to 127 million Australian dollars ($87 million) to settle an Australian class action stemming from the 2015 diesel emissions scandal, the German automaker and a lawyer said Monday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
September 16, 2019 - 3:41 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay up to 127 million Australian dollars ($87 million) to settle an Australian class action stemming from the 2015 diesel emissions scandal, the German automaker and a lawyer said Monday. The settlement was announced in the Federal Court in Sydney...
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