U.S. says Valero to pay $2.85 million to settle pollution allegations

Valero Energy Corp will pay a $2.85 million civil penalty to settle allegations that the company and its affiliates violated Clear Air Act fuel requirements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.

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California heat wave prompts power shutdowns, fire danger

More than 50,000 California utility customers are without power because of a fall heat wave that has brought another round of extreme wildfire danger.
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Climate change poses 'profound threat' to global growth - IMF chief

Climate change poses a serious threat to global growth, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday, urging the world's top emitters to agree on a floor for carbon prices.

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Who regulates U.S. drinking water, and how?

Who's responsible for making sure the water you drink is safe? Ultimately, you are. But if you live in the U.S., a variety of federal, state and local entities are involved as well.

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If world handles climate like COVID-19, U.N. chief says: 'I fear the worst'

The United States, China and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres had warned the body that if the climate crisis was approached with the "same disunity and disarray" of COVID-19, then: "I fear the worst."

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China's carbon neutral pledge could curb global warming by 0.3°C: researchers

President Xi Jinping's pledge that China will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is the most significant climate policy move for years and, if achieved, could curb likely global warming by 0.2-0.3 Celsius this century, researchers said.
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New poll finds a surprising 7 out of 10 voters favor strong government action to tackle climate change

Seven out of 10 voters support government action to address climate change, the Guardian reported, and three-quarters want the U.S. to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources within 15 years.

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Fires and floods hurl climate change to fore of U.S. election | Reuters

Previously overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic and the country's racial reckoning, climate change has hurled to the front of the U.S. presidential race, as historic wildfires raged in the West and powerful storms battered the South.
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Bolsonaro plays down Amazon fires, accuses NGOs of blocking land titling

President Jair Bolsonaro says Brazil is being "disproportionately" criticized for fires in the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands, at a time when many places around the world were seeing a surge in blazes.

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Hit by COVID and climate change, island states battle debt crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic compounds worsening economic pressures from climate change impacts, small island developing nations on Monday appealed for international financial support to help them avert a looming debt crisis.
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New pesticide regulations would fix "broken and outdated" system at the EPA, sponsors say

Called the Protect America's Children from Toxic Pesticides Act of 2020, the bill provides a framework for fixing what sponsors Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colorado) dub America's "broken and outdated" pesticide regulatory system.

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Harris VP choice signals tougher stance on pollution under Biden

By bringing U.S. Senator Kamala Harris onto the ticket, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has signaled support for the enforcement of U.S. anti-pollution laws and for suing companies that pollute, environmental groups said.

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Manure spreading at the center of dispute between farm groups and EGLE

Farm groups are using a two-pronged approach to stop the state from changing the rules for spreading manure.

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How do you tell if climate laws really work? Start by counting them

Every country in the world now has some type of climate law. But are these laws having any effect in the fight against climate change? Researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science aimed to find out.
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Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

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Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

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An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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