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UN, host UK set new date for climate talks in November 2021

May. 28, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Host Britain said Thursday that the next global climate talks, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held in Glasgow from Nov. 1-12, 2021. The U.N. talks originally scheduled for this November are regarded as an important moment to review progress since the Paris climate...

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Democrats decry 'pandemic of pollution' under Trump's EPA

May. 20, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration's moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a "pandemic of pollution'' has been released. The Environmental Protection Agency has weakened regulations dealing with fuel...

Spain drafts law eyeing climate neutrality by mid-century

May. 19, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is submitting for parliamentary approval a draft bill that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by mid-century, in line with the Paris Accord on climate change that most countries have backed to limit rising temperatures. The final approval could take...

UN chief: World should follow South Korea on COVID-19 fight

Apr. 30, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief said he hopes many countries in the world will follow the “remarkable example” of South Korea, which he said has been “extremely successful” in addressing the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to tackle climate change in its...

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General displayed on a screen at the  Environment Ministry as he delivers his speech at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.  Due to the coronavirus crisis, the conference will only be held digitally. (Michael Kappeler/Pool via AP)

UN chief: Use pandemic to 'rebuild our world for the better'

Apr. 28, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres challenged leaders Tuesday to use the coronavirus pandemic to “rebuild our world for the better” by also working together to tackle other global threats such as climate change. The outbreak has resulted in at least 200,000 deaths globally...

Activists of Fridays for Future movement placed protest posters for climate protection in front the German parliament building the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 24, 2020. Because of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the climate strike will be digitally distributed on the Internet. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germany, Britain call for 'green recovery' from pandemic

Apr. 27, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Britain said Monday that efforts to revive the global economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic must ensure a ‘green recovery' that helps the world tackle climate change. Speaking ahead of a virtual meeting of officials from some 30 countries, Germany's environment...

Activist Hilton Kelley poses along the railroad tracks that divide East and West Port Arthur Monday, March 23, 2020, in Port Arthur, Texas.

'They're killing us,' Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks

Apr. 19, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Danielle Nelson’s best monitor for the emissions billowing out of the oil refineries and chemical plants surrounding her home: The heaving chest of her 9-year-old asthmatic son. On some nights, the boy's chest shudders as he fights for breath in his sleep. Nelson suspects the...

Activist Hilton Kelley talks about the neighborhood where he grew up Monday, March 23, 2020, in Port Arthur, Texas. Kelley says he started speaking out for Port Arthur's black community when he got fed up

'They're killing us,' Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks

Apr. 19, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Danielle Nelson’s best monitor for the emissions billowing out of the oil refineries and chemical plants surrounding her home: The heaving chest of her 9-year-old asthmatic son. On some nights, the boy’s chest shudders as he fights for breath in his sleep. Nelson suspects the...

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, a coal-fired plant in Winfield, W.Va, is seen from an apartment complex in the town of Poca across the Kanawha River. The Trump administration is gutting an Obama-era rule that compelled coal plants to cut back emissions of mercury and other human health hazards, limiting future regulation of air pollutants by petroleum and coal plants. (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

EPA guts rule credited with cleaning up coal-plant toxic air

Apr. 16, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday gutted an Obama-era rule that compelled the country's coal plants to cut back emissions of mercury and other human health hazards, a move designed to limit future regulation of air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. Environmental...

President Donald Trump listens during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, at the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Apr. 8, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on...