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Climate activists Isabelle Axelsson, Loukina Tille, Vanessa Nakate, Greta Thunberg, and Luisa Neubaue,, from left, arrive for a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020 (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Thunberg brushes off mockery from US finance chief

Jan. 24, 2020 8:44 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has brushed off criticism and mockery from the U.S. Treasury chief, saying Friday his comments have “of course no effect” on her and fellow campaigners. The 17-year-old Swedish star's comments marked a final coda to the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, cars and trucks stand in traffic queues on the German Autobahn A2 at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Germany's biggest car club said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 it is shifting its position on the introduction of a general speed limit on the Autobahn to “neutral.” Currently, about 70% of Germany's highway network has no speed limit. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

Powerful German auto club drops hard line on speed limit

Jan. 24, 2020 7:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest car club said Friday it is shifting its position on the introduction of a general speed limit on the Autobahn to “neutral.” The ADAC, which counts about one in four Germans among its members, said it would refrain from making any recommendations “until...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, a customer puts gas in their vehicle in Miami. Fuel economy standards for new vehicles would rise a little in a new Trump administration proposal made public Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 but still fall far short of Obama-era standards, bringing howls of protest from environmental groups and a key Democratic senator.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Trump ups mileage proposal slightly over Obama standard

Jan. 23, 2020 6:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is making a concession on its proposed minimum fuel economy requirement for new vehicles, but environmental groups and a key Democratic senator complain it does not go far enough, and still falls well below the requirements set under the Obama administration. Fuel...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution

Jan. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. The policy change,...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: Soros unveils $1B university plan, blasts Trump

Jan. 23, 2020 4:18 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 10:15 p.m. George Soros says he’s injecting $1 billion into a new university network that the 89-year-old billionaire investor calls the “most important and most enduring project of my...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. The decision by BlackRock Inc. should create more investment...

Doomsday Clock moves closest to midnight in 73-year history

Jan. 23, 2020 1:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The keepers of the Doomsday Clock on Thursday moved the symbolic countdown to global disaster to the closest point to midnight in its 73-year history, citing “existential danger” from nuclear war and climate change. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which was founded...

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, a Samburu boy uses a wooden stick to try to swat a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, as he herds his camel near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya. The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say, with unusual climate conditions partly to blame. (AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)

AP Explains: How climate change feeds Africa locust invasion

Jan. 23, 2020 12:12 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Locusts by the millions are nibbling their way across a large part of Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years. Is this another effect of a changing climate? Yes, researchers say. An unprecedented food security crisis may be the result. The locusts "reproduce...

President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde smiles prior to a press conference following a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

European Central Bank holds rates, launches policy review

Jan. 23, 2020 11:54 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has decided to launch a top-to-bottom review of how it steers the economy in the 19 countries that use the euro currency. The review, the first since the global financial crisis, could include tweaking the bank's goal for inflation and finding ways to...

Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, at podium, speaks as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, back second from right and President Donald Trump, right, listen during a signing ceremony for

'Who is she?' - US Treasury chief takes swipe at Thunberg

Jan. 23, 2020 11:05 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — As an executive producer of the last Mad Max movie, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin might have been interested in the apocalyptic climate warnings of Greta Thunberg. Instead, he took a personal swipe at the 17-year-old, saying she was in no position to give advice on...