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Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...

AP Interview: Maldives query the point of UN climate talks

Dec. 13, 2018 5:14 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference questioned on Thursday the point of the yearly summits, saying they are failing to produce meaningful results. Former President Mohamed Nasheed attended the 24th edition of the U.N. talks, being held this year in...

Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Dec. 13, 2018 5:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, was thrown out Thursday by a federal appeals court that harshly criticized regulators for approving the proposal. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...

UN climate talks inch forward, appear headed for overtime

Dec. 13, 2018 4:55 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Efforts to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord drew closer Thursday, three years after the landmark agreement on curbing global warming, but negotiators remained deadlocked on the thorniest issues and appeared set for overtime. A summary text from the Polish diplomat...

Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disasters

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep....

No. 2 gas-producing state moves to curb air pollution

Dec. 13, 2018 3:56 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, with the governor's administration proposing new regulations Thursday even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements. Gov. Tom Wolf's...

The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

Dec. 13, 2018 3:33 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are "failing" to produce meaningful results. Former...

Weather agency chief: I've never briefed Trump on warming

Dec. 12, 2018 6:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump. Acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Adm. Timothy Gallaudet said in a press conference at a scientific meeting...

States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales

Dec. 12, 2018 6:04 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands. Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington argue the coal...

Polish chairman says UN climate talks call for higher effort

Dec. 12, 2018 5:55 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Polish government official serving as president of a U.N. climate summit said Wednesday the international talks have entered a "critical phase" and require dedication from all involved if they are to end in success. Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka said ministers from...