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Transmission line foes press for full environmental review

Dec. 5, 2019 6:18 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed $1 billion transmission project that would bring Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid urged the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday to perform a full environmental impact statement, one that CMP says would delay a final...

US feels the heat as Trump pulls out of global climate pact

Dec. 5, 2019 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No. 1 economy and the second-biggest carbon emitter. Trump dismisses climate change and he thumbed his nose...

Correction: Climate Talks-Goodbye US? story

Dec. 5, 2019 4:20 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story December 4, 2019, about the Trump administration's role in the Madrid climate conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported the details of a poll measuring public opinion on the Paris climate agreement.

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...

NYC to replace some delivery trucks with cargo bikes

Dec. 4, 2019 4:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is aiming to cut traffic congestion and pollution by replacing some delivery trucks with electric-powered cargo bikes. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a six-month pilot program Wednesday to bring about 100 pedal-assisted cargo bikes to the city's most crowded Manhattan streets....

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...

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...

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...

Minnesota reducing gas emissions with Volkswagen settlement

Nov. 30, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — How big of a cut to greenhouse gas emissions can $47 million buy? It might be less than you think. State regulators recently announced plans to spend a chunk of cash from a national legal settlement with Volkswagen on a host of projects to make more of the transportation sector run on...