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Biden bill would put US back on path of reducing uninsured

Oct. 21, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ social spending and climate change bill would put the United States back on a path to reducing its persistent pool of uninsured people, with estimates ranging from 4 million to 7 million Americans gaining health coverage. Those getting...

US: More threats, more desperate refugees as climate warms

Oct. 21, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Earth's warming and resulting natural disasters are creating a more dangerous world of desperate leaders and peoples, the Biden administration said Thursday in the federal government's starkest assessments yet of security and migration challenges facing the United...

Why no tusks? Poaching tips scales of elephant evolution

Oct. 21, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability. Now researchers have...

White House, Dems hurriedly reworking $2 trillion Biden plan

Oct. 21, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are hurriedly reworking key aspects of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion domestic policy plan, trimming the social services and climate change programs and rethinking new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for a scaled-back...

Biden ties legislative agenda to MLK push for racial justice

Oct. 21, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday tied his legislative priorities on voting rights, police reform and climate change to Martin Luther King Jr.’s push for racial justice as he marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the civil rights leader’s memorial on the National...

California proposes new oil drilling ban near neighborhoods

Oct. 21, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's oil and gas regulator on Thursday proposed that the state ban new oil drilling within 3,200 feet of schools, homes and hospitals to protect public health in what would be the nation's largest buffer zone between oil wells and communities. ...

Human rights panel weighs Navajo uranium contamination case

Oct. 21, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group representing Navajo communities is presenting its case to an international human rights body, saying U.S. regulators violated the rights of tribal members when they cleared the way for uranium mining in western New Mexico. The...

Study: Only 2% of global giving goes to curb climate change

Oct. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

Global philanthropic spending to help halt climate change grew last year — but still remains less than 2% of all giving, according to a new report from the ClimateWorks Foundation. That’s a really low number, especially as the detrimental effects of climate change...

Billions in environmental justice funds hang in the balance

Oct. 21, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

Tens of billions of dollars for U.S. environmental justice initiatives originally proposed in a $3.5 trillion domestic spending package now hang in the balance as Democrats decide how to trim the bill down to $2 trillion. Investments in a wide range of these projects were...

Greenpeace chief warns of 'greenwashing' at UN climate talks

Oct. 21, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday warned against efforts by countries and corporations at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow to “greenwash” their ongoing pollution of the planet. The summit hosted by Britain has been...