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Growing demand for minerals sparks Indigenous outcry over "business as usual" mining practices

Apr. 18, 2024 15:36 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Indigenous representatives from 35 countries issued a declaration Thursday criticizing the fact that they are too rarely consulted about mining that takes place on or near their lands, an issue that has become more acute with increased demand for minerals needed in the...

Climate change concerns grow, but few think Biden's climate law will help, AP-NORC poll finds

Apr. 18, 2024 08:16 AM EDT

Like many Americans, Ron Theusch is getting more worried about climate change. A resident of Alden, Minnesota, Theusch has noticed increasingly dry and mild winters punctuated by short periods of severe cold — symptoms of a warming planet. As he thinks about that,...

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in US more likely to believe in climate change: AP-NORC poll

Apr. 17, 2024 16:17 PM EDT

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States are more likely than the overall adult population to believe in human-caused climate change, according to a new poll. It also suggests that partisanship may not have as much of an impact on this group's environmental...

New study calculates climate change's economic bite will hit about $38 trillion a year by 2049

Apr. 17, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

Climate change will reduce future global income by about 19% in the next 25 years compared to a fictional world that's not warming, with the poorest areas and those least responsible for heating the atmosphere taking the biggest monetary hit, a new study said. Climate change's...

2023 was a record year for wind installations as world ramps up clean energy, report says

Apr. 16, 2024 14:25 PM EDT

The world installed 117 gigawatts of new wind power capacity in 2023, a 50% increase from the year before, making it the best year for new wind projects on record, according to a new report by the industry's trade association. The latest Global Wind Report, published Tuesday by the...

Oil and gas companies must pay more to drill on federal lands under new Biden administration rule

Apr. 12, 2024 19:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and gas companies will have to pay more to drill on federal lands and satisfy stronger requirements to clean up old or abandoned wells under a final rule issued Friday by the Biden administration. The Interior Department's rule raises royalty rates for oil...

Biden awards $830 million to toughen nation's infrastructure against climate change

Apr. 11, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday awarded $830 million in grants to fund 80 projects aimed at toughening the nation's aging infrastructure against the harmful impacts of climate change. The money is expected to improve bridges, roads, ports, rail, transit and...

UN climate chief presses for faster action, says humans have 2 years left 'to save the world'

Apr. 10, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

OXFORD, England (AP) — Humanity has only two years left “to save the world” by making dramatic changes in the way it spews heat-trapping emissions and it has even less time to act to get the finances behind such a massive shift, the head of the United Nations climate agency said. ...

Verdict saying Switzerland violated rights by failing on climate action could ripple across Europe

Apr. 09, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Europe’s highest human rights court ruled Tuesday that countries must better protect their people from the consequences of climate change, siding with a group of older Swiss women against their government in a landmark ruling that could have implications across the...

Court upholds California's authority to set nation-leading vehicle emission rules

Apr. 09, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California can continue to set its own nation-leading vehicle emissions standards, a federal court ruled Tuesday — two years after the Biden administration restored the state’s authority to do so as part of its efforts to reverse Trump-era environmental rollbacks. ...