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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and David Attenborough speak with school children during the launch of the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit in London, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Johnson is expected to announce a target to stop selling new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via AP)

UN climate summit postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19

Apr. 1, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — This year's United Nations global climate summit is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, host country Britain said Wednesday, The U.K. government said the meeting, due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, will now be held next year at a date still to be determined....

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Disputed Canada-US oil pipeline work to start in April

Mar. 31, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for a proposal that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes....

FILE-In this May 29, 2019 file photo the Tokyo Tower is lit up at dusk as rain clouds hover over Tokyo's skyline. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, on Tuesday chided Japan over its new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission. Environmental campaigners say Tokyo's new proposal shows no real ambition to increase existing efforts. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Could do better: Japan gently chided by UN climate chief

Mar. 31, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The top U.N. climate official on Tuesday chided Japan over its new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which environmental campaigners say shows no real ambition to increase existing efforts. All signatories of the 2015 Paris Agreement are supposed to submit a revised plan before this...

Maine mulls limiting foreign spending on ballot questions

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At a time of heightened sensitivity to foreign powers meddling in elections, the Maine Legislature is deciding whether to stop foreign corporations from spending money to influence some state elections. A proposal that was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday came in response to...

Two people walk in Rome's Piazza Navona, deserted, Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Latest: After delay, 361 Taiwanese fly back from Wuhan

Mar. 11, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe: ___ Planes carrying 361 Taiwanese who had been stranded in China's virus epicenter have returned them to the island. The two charter flights landed late Tuesday and early Wednesday after weeks of negotiations between Beijing and Taipei. Medical personnel...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs an executive order on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, ordering the state to lower greenhouse gas emissions, as students look on in Salem, Ore. In an end run around Republican legislators, Oregon's Democratic governor ordered the state on Tuesday to lower greenhouse gas emissions, directing a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon governor takes sweeping action to cut global warming

Mar. 10, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In an end run around Republican legislators, Oregon's Democratic governor ordered the state on Tuesday to lower greenhouse gas emissions, directing a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels. Gov. Kate Brown's sweeping executive order, one...

House Speaker Tina Kotek, left, and Senate President Peter Courtney appear before the press on Thursday, March 5, 2020, after Oregon's 2020 legislative session abruptly ended early amid an impasse with minority Republicans over a climate change bill and their tactic of walking out to deny a quorum and prevent the Senate and House from voting on bills. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon 2020 legislative session implodes amid GOP walkout

Mar. 5, 2020 9:57 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's 2020 legislative session imploded Thursday amid a boycott by minority Republicans over a climate change measure, an action they have taken repeatedly and which Democrats say threatens democratic rule. In response, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, is finalizing executive actions that...

Transmission line foes clear hurdle to November ballot

Mar. 4, 2020 6:24 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a proposed $1 billion transmission line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid have cleared a hurdle to the state ballot. But a pro-transmission line group accused the opponents of misconduct. Election officials certified 69,714 signatures,...

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attend the weekly College of Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who has put climate change at the top of her priorities and pledged to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, will present her plans on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU commission unveils climate law amid criticism

Mar. 4, 2020 8:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Amid fierce criticism from environmental activists, the European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday for its first ever climate law, which will act as the basis of the European Union's aim to make the 27-country bloc climate neutral by 2050. Under its Green Deal agenda, the EU's executive...

Men work at a construction site with the Olympic rings in the background Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Tokyo's Odaiba district. The spreading virus from China has put the Tokyo Olympics at risk. The Olympics are to open on July 24 - less than five months away. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

What's Happening: Mask hoarders rebuked, Olympics delay eyed

Mar. 3, 2020 5:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — As the new coronavirus continues spreading, people are being asked to stop hoarding masks and athletes are being advised to refrain from high-fives. These are some of the latest developments Tuesday: MASK HOARDERS REBUKED Mask hoarders, take note. The head of the World Health Organization...