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Merkel defends German climate moves as rally urges action

Jul. 19, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's efforts to combat climate change on Friday, promising that her Cabinet will make "decisive" moves in September. As Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of young protesters in Berlin to urge policymakers to redouble...

New York's climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

Jul. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive...

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

Jul. 17, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and asking residents to check in on relatives and...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and an eco legacy not his own

Jul. 13, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his aides this past week celebrated an environmental legacy that is not theirs to claim. In large measure, the progress they cited pre-dates Trump's presidency. And in some of the particulars, they were wrong. For example, the air is not cleaner under Trump. The...

VW, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles

Jul. 12, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that's mostly owned by Ford as the automakers who were once rivals deepen their partnership to develop driverless and electric vehicles in an ultra-competitive landscape. The two automakers will become equal...

Economists urge Germany to price carbon, end subsidies

Jul. 12, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A panel of economists advising the German government is recommending that the country should put a price on carbon emissions if it wants to meet its targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. In a report delivered Friday to German Chancellor Angela...

Investment report finds many companies wanting on climate

Jul. 10, 2019 2:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Many companies in high-emission industries aren't doing enough to respond to climate change, according to a report produced for some of the world's biggest institutional investors that was published Wednesday. The London-based Transition Pathway Initiative examined 274 publicly listed...

Board approves air pollution permit for wood pellet plant

Jul. 9, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi environmental regulators have approved an air pollution permit for what could be the largest wood pellet plant in the world, despite objections from environmental groups that the plant would emit too much pollution and have other harmful effects. The state Environmental...

California air boss: open to compromise in mileage standoff

Jul. 9, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — California's air pollution control boss says she's open to compromise with the Trump administration over its efforts to relax mileage standards, as the bitter standoff threatens to unleash years of court fights and confusion in the U.S. auto industry. Five months after President Donald...