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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...

The heat goes on: June toastiest on record, July may follow

Jul. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heat goes on: Earth sizzled to its hottest June on record as the climate keeps going to extremes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday announced that June averaged 60.6 degrees (15.9 Celsius), about 1.7 degrees (0.9 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century...

Biden plan seeks to boost rural America through investments

Jul. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

MANNING, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to build on his appeal to rural voters with the release of a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure. "We have to ensure we bring along everyone," the...

Von der Leyen confirmed as new European Commission president

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the European Commission president Tuesday, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union and who will be one of the most prominent faces from the bloc on the world stage. The European Parliament voted...

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...

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

Heating up: Hotter Earth drives dollars to sustainable funds

Jul. 14, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This year is on pace to be one of the hottest on record, again, and the trend may only accelerate as President Donald Trump loosens policies meant to combat climate change. That has some investors feeling anger, but others are seeing dollar signs. They're envisioning profits made by...

Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over story

Jul. 13, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender...

'It's powerful': Tropical storm starts lashing Louisiana

Jul. 12, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Homeowners sandbagged their doors and tourists trying to get out of town jammed the airport Friday as Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in, threatening an epic drenching that could test how well New Orleans has strengthened its flood protections in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina....