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France to shut down oldest nuclear complex by end of June

February 19, 2020

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor, on the border with Germany, will be shut down at the end of June, with one of its reactors to be closed this weekend.A statement on Wednesday...

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

By JOSEPH PISANI | February 17, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists,...

South Africa seeks more renewable energy amid power cuts

By MOGOMOTSI MAGOME | February 13, 2020

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president said Thursday the coal-dependent country will turn to more renewable energy as one way to help ease power cuts that have “severely set back” efforts to rebuild the weak economy. But he warned of more...

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

By JAMES ANDERSON | February 11, 2020

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping...

High water wreaks havoc on Great Lakes, swamping communities

By JOHN FLESHER | February 7, 2020

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — Rita Alton has an unusual morning routine these days: Wake up. Get dressed. Go outside to see if her house is closer to tumbling down an 80-foot (24.4-meter) cliff into Lake Michigan.When her father built the 1,000-square-foot...

Lawyer: Businessman was used by polygamists in fraud scheme

By BRADY McCOMBS | January 30, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California businessman accused of leading a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme was actually being used by a Utah polygamist who didn't want to share the proceeds with his community, a defense attorney said Thursday.Polygamist...

German government defends coal phase-out against critics

January 29, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — The German government approved a bill Wednesday that will codify the country's closure of coal-fired power stations, defending the plan against critics who say it's not ambitious enough.After signing off on the bill in Cabinet, Economy...