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Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running...

Greta Thunberg says voyage ‘energized’ her climate fight

Dec. 3, 2019 2:09 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg told cheering supporters Tuesday that her three-week journey across the Atlantic had “energized” her for the fight against climate change as she arrived in Portugal. The Swedish teen, whose one-woman protests outside the Swedish...

The Latest: Greta Thunberg ‘energized’ after Atlantic voyage

Dec. 3, 2019 9:16 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Climate Talks in Madrid (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Climate activist Greta Thunberg says she feels “energized” after spending three weeks crossing the Atlantic in a catamaran. The Swedish teen arrived Tuesday in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon on her way...

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...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 2, 2019 8:05 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT CHANGES TO SEX-ABUSE LAWS COULD COST CATHOLIC CHURCH The Associated Press finds that a wave of new laws in 15 states could result in at least 5,000 new cases against the church and more than $4 billion...

Science warnings, US retreat add urgency to UN climate talks

Nov. 30, 2019 11:45 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Mass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming. Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris...

Activists warn Balkan rivers at risk from hydropower plants

Nov. 28, 2019 12:11 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Unspoiled rivers in the Balkans are facing new dangers from small hydropower plants that have sprouted up across the region in recent years, environmental experts warned Thursday. In a declaration issued after a meeting in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, they urged Balkan...

Cranberry farmers want to build solar panels over their bogs

Nov. 27, 2019 5:55 AM EST

CARVER, Mass. (AP) — Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts, the nation's second largest grower after Wisconsin, are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs...

China says it has met its carbon reduction goal early

Nov. 27, 2019 2:49 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has realized its 2020 target for reducing carbon emissions ahead of schedule, the ecology and environment ministry reported Wednesday. The ministry said China’s CO2 emissions per unit of GDP had fallen last year by 4% from a year earlier to stand at 45.8% less than in 2005. Vice...

Arizona tribes oppose plan to dam Colorado River tributary

Nov. 25, 2019 3:35 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Native American tribes, environmentalists, state and federal agencies, river rafters and others say they have significant concerns about proposals to dam a Colorado River tributary in northern Arizona for hydropower. Phoenix-based Pumped Hydro Storage company is seeking preliminary...