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UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Swiss photographer David Carlier takes photographs of the Swiss Aletsch glacier, the longest glacier in Europe, on the sideline of his photographic exhibition, in Fieschertal, Switzerland. Climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.’s most cherished heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, reporting that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and dozens of other natural wonders are facing severe threats. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

Report: Climate change damaging more World Heritage sites

Dec. 2, 2020 8:21 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.’s most cherished heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned Wednesday, reporting that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and dozens of other natural wonders are facing severe threats. Climate change that has lead to...

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moves a motion in the Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand, to declare a climate emergency, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Joining more than 30 other countries around the world, New Zealand took the symbolic step of declaring a climate emergency. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand symbolically declares climate emergency

Dec. 1, 2020 10:38 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Joining more than 30 countries, New Zealand on Wednesday took the symbolic step of declaring a climate emergency. Lawmakers voted 76-43 in favor of the motion, in a split that followed party lines. The government also launched a new initiative requiring many public agencies...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, shows whitebark pine that have succumbed to mountain pine beetles through the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole, Wyo. U.S. officials say climate change, beetles and a deadly fungus are imperiling the long-term survival of the high-elevation tree found in the western U.S. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

US: Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

Dec. 1, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday. A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be...

Wildlife advocates sue US agency to protect Canada lynx

Dec. 1, 2020 5:58 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Tuesday in a bid to force officials to do more to conserve Canada lynx, a snow-loving cat that has struggled to survive in parts of the U.S. West. Attorneys for Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild and other groups filed the...

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Dutch climate activists take Shell to court over emissions

Dec. 1, 2020 7:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of environmental organizations backed by thousands of Dutch citizens launched a civil case Tuesday against the energy giant Shell, asking a court to order the multinational to commit to reining in its carbon emissions 45% by the year 2030. Lawyer Roger Cox told a panel...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, vehicles maneuver on a flooded road near a boat washed up near the road after Hurricane Sally moved through the area, in Orange Beach, Ala. A record-setting Atlantic hurricane season that saw the highest number of named storms officially came to a close on Monday, Nov. 30. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

30 named storms: Record hurricane season comes to a close

Nov. 30, 2020 8:26 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A record-setting Atlantic hurricane season that saw the highest number of named storms officially came to a close Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set multiple records while producing a record 30 named storms....

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report. Still, the EU said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 it need to intensify efforts to make its target of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by mid-century. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

Nov. 30, 2020 11:45 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by...

Portugal: young climate activists get Strasbourg court boost

Nov. 30, 2020 6:38 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights is requiring a prompt response from 33 countries to an ambitious climate change case brought by six young Portuguese, a move that activists said gave heart to their cause. The court on Monday ordered the European countries to respond to the...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Nov. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EST
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.