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The latest updates on energy and environment news, analysis and opinion covering energy policy and its impact on resources and climate.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan, right, confers with city engineer Charles Williams at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, a Ridgeland based facility near Jackson, Miss., about longstanding water issues that have plagued the city, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. The visit was one of several stops in a weeklong "Journey to Justice" tour through Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, spotlighting longstanding environmental concerns in historically marginalized communities. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

EPA head tours embattled communities, says help on the way

- Associated Press

Michael Coleman’s house is the last one standing on his tiny street, squeezed between a sprawling oil refinery whose sounds and smells keep him up at night and a massive grain elevator that covers his pickup in dust and, he says, exacerbates his breathing problems.

FILE - Shown is the base village at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif, on Dec. 16, 2011. U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, declared "squaw" to be a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove the term from federal government use and to replace other derogatory place names. The popular California ski resort changed its name to Palisades Tahoe earlier this year. (Tim Dunn/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Interior secretary seeks to rid U.S. of derogatory place names

- Associated Press

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday formally declared “squaw” a derogatory term and said she is taking steps to remove it from federal government use and to replace other derogatory place names.

President Joe Biden returns a salute as he boards Air Force One for a trip to Michigan, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

White House offering more aid for winter heat, utility bills

- Associated Press

The Biden administration is taking steps to help distribute several billion dollars in aid for winter heating and utility bills, an unprecedented sum that comes largely from its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

A sign reading "Nord Stream 2 Committed. Reliable. Safe." hangs above a painted map at the natural gas receiving station in the Lubmin industrial estate in Lubmin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021. Germany's network regulator said Tuesday it has suspended its procedure to certify the operator of a new pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea because of an issue with the company's legal form. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)

German agency suspends approval process for Russia pipeline

Associated Press

Germany’s network regulator said Tuesday that it has suspended its procedure to certify the operator of a new pipeline that would bring Russian gas to the country under the Baltic Sea because of an issue with the company’s status under German law.

Delegates pack the hall at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Climate talks soften stance on fossil fuel phaseout

- Associated Press

Negotiators at this year’s U.N. climate talks in Glasgow appeared to be backing away Friday from a call to end all use of coal and phase out fossil fuel subsidies completely, but gave poor countries hope for more financial support to cope with global warming.

A tomb guard of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as "The Old Guard," stands during a centennial commemoration event at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

Biden announces effort to ID toxic air issues in veterans

- Associated Press

President Biden, whose son Beau was an Iraq war veteran, is using his first Veterans Day in office to announce an effort to better understand, treat and identify medical conditions suffered by troops deployed to toxic environments.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gestures during an interview at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Guterres says the Paris temperature goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees "is on life support" with climate talks so far not reaching any of the U.N.'s three goals, however "until the last moment hope should be maintained." (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

U.N. chief says global warming goal on ‘life support’

- Associated Press

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F) is “on life support” with climate talks in Glasgow so far not reaching any of the U.N.’s three goals, but he added that “until the last moment, hope should be maintained.”