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Biden seeks to boost fuel economy to thwart Trump rollback

Aug. 05, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Biden administration wants automakers to raise gas mileage and cut tailpipe pollution between now and model year 2026, and it has won a voluntary commitment Thursday from the industry that electric vehicles comprise up to half of U.S. sales by the end of the decade. ...

Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket face dire climate change impact

Aug. 04, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The famous islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in Massachusetts are facing serious impacts from rising sea levels and more powerful coastal storms driven by climate change, a new environmental report released Wednesday warns. The “State of the...

Forecasters: Hurricane season to be busier than 1st thought

Aug. 04, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

After a record start, followed by a near-silent July, the Atlantic hurricane season looks like it will be busier than meteorologists predicted a few months ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday updated its outlook for the 2021 Atlantic...

This year's summer of climate extremes hits wealthier places

Aug. 04, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021′s onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming’s wrath in the past. Wealthy countries such as the United States, Canada,...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 03, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

Bloomington Pantagraph. August 1, 2021. Editorial: The McLean County public has been cut off from police scanners. Why that’s a concern. Local law enforcement agencies should reexamine blocking media outlets from hearing live scanner traffic. ...

Melting ice imperils 98% of Emperor penguin colonies by 2100

Aug. 03, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With climate change threatening the sea ice habitat of Emperor penguins, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a proposal to list the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. “The lifecycle of Emperor penguins is...

German Greens make election pledge to meet climate goals

Aug. 03, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — With less than two months before Germany holds an election, the environmentalist Green party announced a 10-point plan Tuesday that puts the Paris climate accord's goal at the heart of its election program. Among the measures proposed is the creation of a...

Turkey's Erdogan faces mounting criticism over wildfires

Aug. 03, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — As Turkish fire crews pressed ahead Tuesday with their weeklong battle against blazes tearing through forests and villages on the country's southern coast, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faced increased criticism over its apparent poor response and...

China sticks to goal of having carbon emissions peak by 2030

Aug. 03, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China will stick to its goal of having its carbon emissions peak by 2030 and will release more complete reduction plans soon, the country's climate change envoy said Tuesday, even as U.S. and British officials urged it to do more to limit global warming. ...

Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

Aug. 03, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package unveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events such as storms...