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Activists block UK roads in new climate-change protests

Jul. 15, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Environmental protesters have blocked roads in London and four other British cities in a new wave of demonstrations demanding faster action against climate change. Hundreds of supporters of the group Extinction Rebellion, along with a blue boat bearing the words "Act Now," blocked the street...

California governor criticizes increase in fracking permits

Jul. 12, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he wants to move the nation's most populous state away from hydraulic fracturing, a day after he fired the state's top oil and gas regulator for issuing twice as many fracking permits this year compared to last. "I don't think anyone that...

Democratic presidential hopeful Inslee opposes pipeline plan

Jul. 10, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee waded into a Great Lakes regional controversy on Wednesday, calling for the defeat of a plan to construct a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel that connects two of the lakes. In a statement released to The Associated Press,...

Who's in, who's out: Meet the Dems running for president

Jul. 9, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

Tom Steyer ruled out a 2020 presidential bid earlier this year. Now he's changed his mind. The billionaire investor and activist announced Tuesday that he would join the crowded Democratic primary for the White House after all, saying his campaign will focus on reducing the influence of corporations in politics....

Trump promotes environmental record despite rollbacks

Jul. 8, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared himself a champion of the environment Monday, working to boost his standing on climate change and pollution issues in advance of the 2020 election despite having launched some of the most sweeping rollbacks in air, water and other protections in decades....

Trump raises eyebrows in promoting his environment record

Jul. 8, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promoting what he is calling his administration's "environmental leadership" despite its sweeping rollbacks of landmark environmental and public health protections. Critics are calling it a credulity-straining gesture aimed at winning over voters worried about...

Swiss police clear climate protest at bank, detain 2 dozen

Jul. 8, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Police say they have removed environmental protesters who blocked the entrance to the premises of one of Switzerland's biggest banks in Zurich and detained about two dozen people. Zurich police said that around 70 activists blocked several entrances of the Credit Suisse building in...

Russia's whale release plan called success despite criticism

Jul. 4, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists said Thursday that an effort to put nearly 100 illegally captured whales back in open water has been successful so far, but some environmentalists claimed it was badly organized. The condition of 97 belugas and orcas kept in cramped conditions in Russia's far east has drawn...

Environmental group faults bag ban advanced by panel

Jul. 4, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A legislative committee has approved a bill that would establish a statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags at supermarkets and other Massachusetts retail stores. But an organization that's been pushing hard for such a ban isn't happy with the measure, which was advanced on Monday by...

French protesters block Amazon sites over climate, jobs

Jul. 2, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

CLICHY, France (AP) — Environmental activists chained themselves to gates and turnstiles Tuesday as they occupied an Amazon building near Paris, accusing the online company of destroying jobs and hurting the planet. Protesters also disrupted Amazon sites in the southern city of Toulouse and northern city...