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Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...

UN climate talks aim to pave way for global carbon market

Dec. 5, 2019 11:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — On a cold afternoon in late November, Jan Gerrit Otterpohl eyes the chimneys of Berlin’s Heizkraftwerk Mitte, a state-of-the-art power plant that supplies the city with heat and electricity. It’s not the billowing steam he’s interested in, but the largely invisible carbon...

German farmers won’t appeal climate lawsuit defeat

Dec. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Three German farming families say they won’t appeal a court’s decision to dismiss their climate change lawsuit against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. The families, who were backed by environmental group Greenpeace, said Thursday that the ruling in October had set an...

No. 1-ranked Japanese amateur takes Australian Open lead

Dec. 4, 2019 10:29 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — World No. 1-ranked amateur Takumi Kanaya birdied his final two holes Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke clubhouse lead at the Australian Open. Playing the back nine at The Australian Golf Course to open his round, the Japanese player had five birdies. He bogeyed the par-4 third hole...

EU climate leadership in doubt as bloc set to miss 2030 goal

Dec. 4, 2019 3:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change. The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its...

Global carbon pollution continues to rise, but more slowly

Dec. 3, 2019 7:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world continues to increase the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide it pumps into the air, but it’s not rising as fast as in the previous couple years. Led by big jumps from China and India, the world is projected to spew 40.57 billion tons (36.8 billion metric tons) of...

German authorities search Volkswagen offices in diesel probe

Dec. 3, 2019 1:19 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have searched Volkswagen offices as part of their investigation into the automaker’s manipulation of diesel emission tests to defeat environmental regulations. The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office confirmed it led the...

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

Dec. 2, 2019 7:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it...

The Latest: Poland to focus on clean energy

Dec. 2, 2019 12:13 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the COP25 climate summit in Madrid (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The head of Poland’s new Climate Ministry has said his goal is to redouble efforts to cut carbon gas emissions and faster develop clean energy sources. Poland is one of Europe’s largest coal producers...

UN chief urges countries not to surrender on climate fight

Dec. 2, 2019 11:52 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global warming. In his opening speech to delegates, Guterres cited...