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Sweltering heat strains California’s power grid for second straight day

LOS ANGELES — Miscommunication led utilities to mistakenly cut power to customers in several California cities during unprecedented demand on energy supplies, operators of the state’s electricity grid acknowledged Wednesday while warning the continuing extreme heat could prompt much larger rollin...

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Millennials and Generation Z members are going public with their reluctance to have children

Climate crisis and student debt among the factors cited, with the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade a near-term catalyst.

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Congress returns to face shutdown deadline, with disagreements over spending on COVID, Ukraine

U.S. lawmakers are starting to get back to work, and one key task is agreeing on a spending measure in order to avoid a partial government shutdown.

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Power grid pushed to the limit as California bakes under record heat

A record-setting heat wave made life miserable in much of the West on Tuesday, with California stretching into its second week of excessive heat that taxed the state's power supply with record-setting demand and brought it...

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EPA denies Cheniere Energy’s request for LNG pollution waiver

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday denied a request by Cheniere Energy, a leading U.S. producer of liquefied natural gas, to exempt two Gulf Coast plants from a federal air pollution rule.

Ballard Power stock rallies after Medha Servo order will help develop India's first hydrogen-powered trains

Shares of Ballard Power Systems Inc. ran up 3.4% in premarket trading Tuesday, after the fuel cell company announced an order from India-based rail system integrator Medha Servo Drives. The order comes after Medha was con...

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Rising risk of California power outages as heat wave worsens

California's chance of power outages will grow in the coming days, as the state prepares to enter the most brutal stretch yet of an ongoing heat wave, officials said Sunday.

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‘Eerily quiet’: Most residents return to Northern California town after deadly wildfire swept through

Two people have died in a blaze that ripped through a Northern California town, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue.

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Jackson, Mississippi, getting closer to fully restoring water service, officials say

Mississippi’s capital has taken a step closer toward restoring water service. Jackson officials announced Sunday that water pressure has been restored to most of the city's customers.

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17 states weigh adopting California’s electric car mandate

Seventeen states with vehicle emission standards tied to rules established in California face weighty decisions on whether to follow that state's strictest-in-the nation new rules that require all new cars, pickups and SUV...

Dollar Tree, Dollarama stocks fall in wake of report of toxic chemicals and lead found in children's products

Shares of Dollar Tree Inc. fell 1.0% in afternoon trading Friday, and the Canada-listed shares of Dollarama Inc. slipped 0.4%, after Canada's Environment Defence announced this week a report that said heavy metals, such ...

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy leaves, while John Podesta joins as adviser

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy is stepping down, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Friday. The press secretary said the Biden administration is "very sad to lose her" and "will hav...

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Climate protest group glues itself inside House of Commons

An environmental activist group on Friday glued themselves around the speaker's chair in the U.K. House of Commons.

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Fighting goes on near Ukraine nuclear plant; IAEA on site

Heavy fighting continued Friday near Europe's largest nuclear power plant in a Russian-controlled area of eastern Ukraine, a day after experts from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency voiced concerns about structural damage...

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Crews make progress against Southern California blazes amid triple-digit heat

California firefighters worked in extreme conditions Thursday as they battled wildfires in rural areas north of Los Angeles and east of San Diego amid a blistering heat wave that is predicted to last through Labor Day.

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California legislature passes sweeping climate agenda, pledging 90% renewable energy by 2030

Taken together, along with tens of billions in budget money for climate proposals, the policies marked one of the state's most groundbreaking years for climate action, some advocates said.

Like the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, many other U.S. cities are vulnerable to climate-change disasters, and credit-card rates near peak not seen since 1996

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Wildfire shuts Interstate 5 in Southern California amid scorching heat wave

California wildfires erupted Wednesday in rural areas, racing through bone-dry brush and prompting evacuations as the state sweltered under a heat wave that could last through Labor Day.

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GM venture starts producing EV battery cells at new Ohio factory

General Motors said Wednesday that a new electric vehicle battery plant built in Ohio has started producing cells, which could help customers get federal tax credits.

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Calm before the storm? Oddly quiet Atlantic hurricane season despite forecasts

It's been quiet — too quiet — this Atlantic hurricane season, meteorologists and residents of storm-prone areas whisper almost as if not to tempt fate.

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Taps run dry in Jackson, Mississippi, as water crisis deepens

Mississippi's capital city is grappling with multiple water problems — too much on the ground after heavy rainfall in the past week, and not enough safe water coming through the pipes for people to use.