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China, US unveil separate big steps to fight climate change

Sep. 21, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

The two biggest economies and largest carbon polluters in the world announced separate financial attacks on climate change Tuesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will no longer fund coal-fired power plants abroad, surprising the world on climate for the...

Biden promises 'relentless diplomacy' to skeptical allies

Sep. 21, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Joe Biden summoned the world’s nations to forcefully address the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He decried military conflict and...

Toyota scraps V8 in Tundra redesign, adds hybrid powertrain

Sep. 21, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is dumping the big V8 engine in the latest redesign of its Tundra full-size pickup truck, a bold move in a market that likes big, powerful engines. The 381 horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 will be replaced by a base 389 horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6...

UN climate talks: Faint progress on money, none on pollution

Sep. 20, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

Opening pocketbooks wider to fight climate change? That’s looking slightly more doable. Closing more smokestacks for the same goal? Not yet sold. World leaders made “faint signs of progress” on the financial end of fighting climate change in a special United Nations...

Baker creates clean heat commission to help cut emissions

Sep. 20, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order Monday creating what he described as a first-in-the-nation “Commission on Clean Heat” to help craft policies to reduce heating fuel emissions in Massachusetts. The task of the commission is to establish a...

Global protest seeks to turn up heat on leaders over climate

Sep. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Youth activists are hoping to turn up the heat on governments Friday with the first large-scale international protest against climate change in six months. Greta Thunberg and fellow activists said Monday they plan to stage demonstrations in cities around...

EU court fines Poland 500,000 euros daily until mine closes

Sep. 20, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) until it complies with an earlier ruling to shut down a lignite mine near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany. The Court of Justice...

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the...

Durham votes to remove Mill Pond dam on Oyster River

Sep. 19, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — After more than a decade of discussion, Durham is moving ahead with the removal of a dam on the Oyster River. The Durham Town Council voted 7-2 this past week to remove the Mill Pond Dam, which was developed at the turn of the century to replace a...

The Nature Conservancy buys 13.5K acres in Hancock County

Sep. 19, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Nature Conservancy has acquired approximately 13,500 acres of forested land north of Tunk Mountain in Hancock County. The land, which will continue to be open for birding, hunting and fishing, abuts an existing preserve to the north of Tunk...