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Nobel laureate: Face up to climate change, no escaping Earth

Dec. 7, 2019 11:12 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An astronomer who shares this year's Nobel physics prize for discovering a planet outside the Earth's solar system is taking issue with people who shrug off climate change on the grounds that humans will eventually leave for distant planets. Didier Queloz was one of several Nobel laureates...

Michigan officials suggest new controls on farm animal waste

Dec. 7, 2019 10:24 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are proposing restrictions on spreading livestock manure as fertilizer, including a ban on applying animal waste to fields during winter. In October, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, or EGLE, released its recommended controls that...

Virginia seventh grader prepares for more climate activism

Dec. 7, 2019 9:00 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Gudrun Campbell was nervous before her first climate strike. Standing on the Downtown Mall this past March with Ezra Laiacona, a co-founder of the Cville Youth Climate Strike, they waited to see how many other students heeded their call to leave school. “I really...

New European leader chooses Africa as 1st overseas visit

Dec. 7, 2019 7:53 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The new European Commission president says she chose Africa as her first visit outside Europe as it has some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and some of its biggest challenges, including climate change. Ursula von der Leyen spoke after meeting with...

U of Minnesota center battles hungry invasive species

Dec. 7, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a war, it’s always better to coordinate forces. That’s the strategy of a center at the University of Minnesota — a single place to research ways to fight against invasive plants and insects in the state. The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pest...

Texas IDs cancer cluster in polluted Houston neighborhood

Dec. 6, 2019 6:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas health officials identified a cancer cluster in a north Houston neighborhood polluted by the wood preservative creosote from a nearby railroad operation, prompting calls from residents and the city for a more in-depth investigation of potential ongoing risks. An assessment by the...

Colorado man pleads guilty to holding strangers at gunpoint

Dec. 6, 2019 6:03 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man accused of holding three strangers at gunpoint on Independence Pass near Aspen has pleaded guilty to menacing and attempted kidnapping. The Aspen Times reports 33-year-old Brolin McConnell, of Colorado Springs, struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Tuesday. He...

Activists cheer for "Greta!", urge climate action in Madrid

Dec. 6, 2019 4:32 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Activists of all ages and from all corners of the planet demanded concrete action Friday against climate change from leaders and negotiators at a global summit in Madrid. The march was led by dozens of representatives of Latin America's indigenous peoples — a mark of deference after...

Ivy Leaguers get community service for disrupting game

Dec. 6, 2019 2:28 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Students from Harvard and Yale universities, along with others who staged a climate change protest on the field during last month's football game between the Ivy League schools, were sentenced Friday to perform community service. Judge Philip Scarpellino of New Haven Superior Court...

New wave of suits linked to BP oil spill hitting courts

Dec. 6, 2019 8:45 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A new wave of lawsuits against BP is hitting the federal courts nearly a decade after the Gulf oil spill. The new litigation is the result of a court ruling that blocks thousands of people from a medical settlement negotiated after the 2010 environmental disaster. It threatens to clog...