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Protect Nevada Flower From Mine or Face Court
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Protect Nevada Flower From Mine or Face Court

By SCOTT SONNER, Associated PressRENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists who won a court order against U.S. wildlife officials say they'll sue them again for failing to protect a Nevada wildflower whose last remaining habitat could be destroyed by a lithium mine.The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal 60-day notice this week of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for missing this month's deadline to finalize its year-old proposal to add Tiehm’s buckwheat to the list of endangered species.The service concluded in its Oct. 7, 2021, proposal that the desert wildflower — which is only known to exist where the mine is planned halfway between Reno and Las Vegas — was in danger of going extinct.Under federal law, the agency had one year to issue a final rule listing the ...
Imperial ‘striking a balance’ between shareholder returns and capital spending: CEO
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Imperial ‘striking a balance’ between shareholder returns and capital spending: CEO

Imperial Oil Ltd. announced Friday that it is raising its quarterly dividend by nearly 30 per cent and also plans to buy back up to $1.5 billion worth of shares — further evidence that shareholders of Canadian oil and gas stocks are reaping the benefits of 2022’s global energy crisis. The Calgary-based company reported its third-quarter profit more than doubled compared with a year ago, totalling $2.03 billion or $3.24 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $908 million or $1.29 per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier. Read more: Imperial Oil posts best first quarter profit in 30 years Read More Imperial Oil posts best first quarter profit in 30 years ...
Renters Face Charging Dilemma as U.S. Cities Move Toward EVs
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Renters Face Charging Dilemma as U.S. Cities Move Toward EVs

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephanie Terrell bought a used Nissan Leaf this fall and was excited to join the wave of drivers adopting electric vehicles to save on gas money and reduce her carbon footprint.But Terrell quickly encountered a bump in the road on her journey to clean driving: As a renter, she doesn't have a private garage where she can power up overnight, and the public charging stations near her are often in use, with long wait times. On a recent day, the 23-year-old nearly ran out of power on the freeway because a public charging station she was counting on was busy.“It was really scary and I was really worried I wasn’t going to make it, but luckily I made it here. Now I have to wait a couple hours to even use it because I can’t go any furthe...
Plastic recycling a “failed concept,” study says, with only 5% recycled in U.S. last year as production rises
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Plastic recycling a “failed concept,” study says, with only 5% recycled in U.S. last year as production rises

Washington — Plastic recycling rates are declining even as production shoots up, according to a Greenpeace USA report out Monday that blasted industry claims of creating an efficient, circular economy as "fiction." Titled "Circular Claims Fall Flat Again," the study found that of 51 million tons of plastic waste generated by U.S. households in 2021, only 2.4 million tons were recycled, or around five percent. After peaking in 2014 at 10 percent, the trend has been decreasing, especially since China stopped accepting the West's plastic waste in 2018. Virgin production — of non-recycled plastic, that is — meanwhile is rapidly rising as the petrochemical industry expands, lowering costs. "Industry groups and big corporations have been pushing fo...
Australia Flood Crisis Enters 3rd Week as Heavy Rains Lash East
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Australia Flood Crisis Enters 3rd Week as Heavy Rains Lash East

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Already-flooded towns across Australia's east were on high alert on Monday after a weekend of heavy rains, with authorities warning a wild weather system could persist until later this week and trigger renewed riverbank bursts.Thousands of homes and farms over a wide swathe of New South Wales and Victoria, Australia's two most populous states, have been inundated and five people in the country have lost their lives as the year's fourth flooding crisis in the east enters its third week.About 200 flood warnings remained in place in both states as of Monday morning, with 132 of those in New South Wales."The flood warnings are incredible ... there are so many rivers experiencing flooding from southern Queensland all the way down into Northern Victoria," Bureau of Meteorol...
City committee endorses proposal to buy electric buses for Calgary Transit – Calgary
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City committee endorses proposal to buy electric buses for Calgary Transit – Calgary

The decision to move forward with a proposal to purchase up to 259 electric buses will be in the hands of Calgary city council after a committee gave the plan its endorsement. The city’s executive committee got a presentation on the $491 million plan to purchase the buses on Tuesday before voting unanimously to bring the proposal to city council as a whole.According to city officials, the proposal relies on a $168 million loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, and an additional $223 million in grants. The City of Calgary would need to put $100 million towards the proposal.“This is really good news,” Mayor Jyoti Gondek told reporters. “For every dollar we’re putting in, we appear to be receiving four dollars back.”Funds to cover the purchase of 259 zero-emission 40-foot buses wo...
Missouri School to Close After Radioactive Waste Report
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Missouri School to Close After Radioactive Waste Report

By JIM SALTER, Associated PressFLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri school board decided Tuesday to shut down a grade school that sits near a contaminated creek after a study funded by law firms involved in a class-action lawsuit found high levels of radioactive material inside the school.Contamination was in classrooms, the playground and elsewhere at Jana Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri, according to a report last week by Boston Chemical Data Corp. It follows another study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, made public in the summer, that found contamination stemming from World War II-era nuclear weapons production in a wooded area near Coldwater Creek.The Hazelwood Board of Education voted in closed session Tuesday to close the school until it can be cleaned up. Virtual lear...
Smoky skies bulletin issued for Princeton, Similkameen – Okanagan
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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Princeton, Similkameen – Okanagan

A smoky skies bulletin has again been issued for the Similkameen region in B.C.’s Southern Interior. The national weather agency says the area, which includes Princeton, will continue to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 48 hours.According to the BC Wildfire Service, a number of wildfires southeast of Hope. And because of those, the eastern Fraser Valley and Similkameen regions have seen ongoing smoky skies bulletins lately. Read more: Air quality advisory issued for eastern Fraser Valley due to wildfires Read More Air quality advisory issued for eastern Fraser Valley due to wildfires On DriveBC’s website, hazy skies can be seen on Highway 3 webcam...
P.E.I. dunes may not recover from ‘striking’ Fiona damage before next storm: experts – National
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P.E.I. dunes may not recover from ‘striking’ Fiona damage before next storm: experts – National

Churning waters and wind gusts exceeding 100 kilometres per hour powered by post-tropical storm Fiona gnawed through large parts of Prince Edward Island National Park in September, leaving behind a changed coastline. Experts worry the beaches and sand dunes may not have enough time to recover before the next storm hits.Parks Canada spokesman James Eastham described the damage from Fiona as “very striking” and “quite obvious.”“Based off of our initial assessments, there’s between three and 10 metres of coastal erosion in various locations around the park,” he said, adding that it’s too early to get a complete portrait of the attrition of dunes and upheaval of wildlife habitat caused by Fiona.Following the storm, much of the area in and around the communities of Cavendish-North Rust...