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UN: COVID-19 lockdowns slashed pollutants, not CO2 levels

Nov. 23, 2020 9:40 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A slowdown in industrial activity linked to the coronavirus pandemic has cut emissions of pollutants and heat-trapping greenhouse gases, but hasn't reduced their record levels in the atmosphere, the United Nations weather agency said on Monday. The World Meteorological Organization pointed...

President Donald Trump, right, walks to the motorcade, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, as he departs the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump slams global climate agreement Biden intends to rejoin

Nov. 22, 2020 11:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump railed against the Paris climate accord on Sunday, telling world leaders at a virtual summit that the agreement was designed to cripple the U.S. economy, not save the planet. “To protect American workers, I withdrew the United States from the unfair and...

Dutch farmers pass the gate of Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, during a protest against a new law they argue threatens their livelihoods by reining in emissions of nitrogen oxide. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Dutch farmers protest reining in nitrogen oxide emissions

Nov. 17, 2020 7:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Farmers angry at the Dutch government's policies to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions protested Tuesday in The Hague, snarling traffic as they drove their tractors into the center of the city. Members of the Farmers Defence Force group who converged on the city from around the...

FILE - In this May 18, 2011, file photo, a worker is seen in the area surrounding a tree farm in North Perry, Ohio, near the two cooling towers of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant looming in the background. Amid intense scrutiny of the roles company officials played in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme to obtain a $1 billion bailout for two aging nuclear power plants, Ohio's largest electric utility has announced a goal to become

FirstEnergy Corp sets goal to become carbon free by 2050

Nov. 13, 2020 1:53 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Amid intense scrutiny of the roles company officials played in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme to obtain a $1 billion bailout for two aging nuclear power plants, Ohio's largest electric utility has announced a goal to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 while reducing...

FILE - This Sept. 23, 2005 file photo shows the Prairie Island nuclear power plant near Red Wing, Minn. The U.S. Department of Energy announced in November 2020 it has awarded just under $14 million for an attempt to build a hydrogen-energy producing facility with the help of a nuclear research lab in Idaho. The Idaho National Laboratory and Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work on devising and building the facility, most likely at Xcel Energy's Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Station. AP Photo/Jim Mone,File)

US nuclear lab partnering with utility to produce hydrogen

Nov. 11, 2020 6:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded just under $14 million for an attempt to build a hydrogen-energy production facility at a nuclear power plant in Minnesota with the help of a nuclear research lab in Idaho. Idaho National Laboratory and Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work on...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London.  Former governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, who is the U.N.’s special envoy for climate change, laid out a strategy for financing efforts to cut carbon emissions, on Monday Nov. 9, 2020, calling on companies to be more transparent about their efforts. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

UN envoy lays out strategy for financing climate battle

Nov. 9, 2020 2:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.N.’s special envoy for climate change on Monday laid out a strategy for financing efforts to cut carbon emissions, calling on companies to be more transparent about their efforts and the impact rising temperatures will have on their operations. Mark Carney, the former governor of...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, cattle graze in a pasture against a backdrop of wind turbines near Vesper, Kan. A study published on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 in the journal Science, says how we grow, eat and waste food is a big climate change problem that may keep the world from reaching its temperature-limiting goals. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Study: Fix to food climate problem doesn't require veganism

Nov. 5, 2020 2:06 PM EST

The world likely can’t keep global warming to a relatively safe minimum unless we change how we grow, eat and throw away our food, but we don’t need to all go vegan, a new study says. Researchers looked at five types of broad fixes to the food system and calculated how much they fight warming. They...

A makeshift globe burns in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Activists of the so-called

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change

Nov. 4, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact it helped forge five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks as he receives a briefing on the 2020 hurricane season in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The United States is out of the Paris climate agreement on the day after the presidential election. Experts say the outcome will determine to some degree just how hot and nasty the world will get in the future. The two presidential candidates have stark differences on fighting human-caused climate change. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

US vote to shape how world warms as climate pact exit looms

Nov. 1, 2020 4:55 PM EST

What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world’s climate will likely get, experts say. The day after the presidential election, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change. A year ago, President Donald Trump’s...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, the logo of British Petroleum, BP, adorns a petrol station in west London.  The London-based oil company, BP said Tuesday Oct, 27, 2020, that third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FILE)

BP reports 3Q earnings plunge amid falling demand

Oct. 27, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — BP plc says third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand. The London-based oil company said Tuesday that profits, excluding one-time items and changes in the value of inventories, dropped to $86 million from $2.25 billion in the same period last...