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Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal

Dec. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another year....

AP EXPLAINS: How Madrid talks fell short on climate ambition

Dec. 15, 2019 1:12 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — This year's U.N. climate negotiations in Madrid, the longest in 25 nearly annual such gatherings, ended Sunday with major polluters resisting calls to ramp up efforts to keep global warming at bay. Faced with the tough task of reconciling the demands of scientists, protesters on the streets...

Disagreement drags UN climate talks into a 2nd extra day

Dec. 14, 2019 7:08 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — U.N. climate talks in Madrid dragged into a second day of extra time Sunday, with officials from almost 200 countries unable to break the deadlock on key points of difference. The chair of the meeting, Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, told weary delegates to examine new...

State releases Fairbanks air quality improvement plan

Dec. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska conservation department submitted its final required air quality improvement plan to the Environmental Protection Agency intended to help Fairbanks reach compliance with the Clean Air Act. The state Department of Environmental Conservation released the Serious State...

US Steel agrees to pay $8.5M to settle air pollution lawsuit

Dec. 13, 2019 6:18 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Steel Corp. has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a 2017 class-action lawsuit that accused the steelmaker of negligence in allowing air pollution emissions from its Clairton Coke Works. The proposed agreement was filed in Allegheny County Court and a hearing on it was...

Climate talks head into overtime with key issues unresolved

Dec. 13, 2019 2:29 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Officials from almost 200 countries hunkered down for another night of talks late Friday as a U.N. climate meeting in Madrid went into overtime without agreement on key issues. Chile, which is chairing the talks, said negotiators would continue working on two fronts trying to get deals on aid...

Bloomberg plan to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 10 years

Dec. 13, 2019 10:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Friday unveiled a broad plan to eliminate all coal power plants and slow the expansion of the natural gas sector as part of a policy to fight climate change that he says would cut carbon emissions across the U.S. economy by 50% over the...

California considers requiring zero emission truck sales

Dec. 12, 2019 7:52 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The country's most populous state could become the first to require a portion of new truck sales be electric or “zero emission” vehicles as California grapples with how to clean up its worst-in-the nation air quality. Home to the two largest ports in the country in...

Study shows higher levels of carcinogen near Waukegan plant

Dec. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — People living near a suburban Chicago medical equipment sterilization facility face higher cancer risks from toxic air pollution, a new study found. The University of Illinois study found that participants who lived near the Medline Industries plant in Waukegan had higher levels of...

Group of lawmakers plans to push climate legislation

Dec. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A group of lawmakers plans to push ahead with legislation in the next session to reduce Vermont's carbon emissions. Members of the Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus held public forums around the state in recent weeks to speak with residents about how they want to see...