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Gas wells leak explosive levels of methane in Bakersfield

May. 24, 2022 23:35 PM EDT

Some Bakersfield residents are concerned about potential explosions after a state agency found that six idle oil wells near homes were leaking methane in the past several days. State and regional inspectors found concentrations of methane in the air around some of the wells at levels...

Davos updates | Soros: New tech, AI help repressive regimes

May. 24, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Billionaire investor turned philanthropist George Soros has blamed new technology for helping repressive regimes like Russia and China exert greater control. Speaking Tuesday at a dinner for journalists on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s...

At Davos, Kerry cites progress on China-US climate group

May. 24, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — John Kerry, America's top official on climate change, said Tuesday that the U.S. and China were making progress on putting together a group from both countries to work toward quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In an interview with The Associated...

Thousands attend funeral for slain Guard colonel in Iran

May. 24, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Thousands of mourners poured into the streets of Tehran on Tuesday to pay their respects to a senior Revolutionary Guard member fatally shot by two gunmen on a motorcycle earlier this week, punching the air with their fists and chanting “Death to Israel.” ...

Egypt promises to allow protest, push pledges as COP27 host

May. 24, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Egypt, host of the next United Nations summit on climate change, will push countries to make good on their pledges to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate “non-adversarial” talks on compensation to developing countries for global warming impacts and...

More hardship as new sandstorm engulfs parts of Middle East

May. 23, 2022 21:45 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A sandstorm blanketed parts of the Middle East on Monday, including Iraq, Syria and Iran, sending people to hospitals and disrupting flights in some places. It was the latest in a series of unprecedented nearly back-to-back sandstorms this year that have bewildered...

Brazil president announces carbon market, thin on details

May. 23, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree that he says will create a national carbon market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Brazil ranks sixth in the world for climate pollution, according to Climate Watch . “In this still new...

Davos updates | Urgent need in Afghanistan is saving economy

May. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Two high-level speakers at the World Economic Forum gathering say Afghanistan’s most urgent need is saving its economy from complete collapse. Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Program, said Monday in Davos that “we cannot...

Contractor quitting puts Shell in spotlight over climate

May. 23, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A longtime contractor for Shell has publicly called out the oil and gas company's climate plans, accusing the company of “double talk” by saying it wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions while working on tapping new sources of fossil fuel. Caroline Dennett, who...

Brownfield cleanup projects coming to Maine communities

May. 22, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Communities in Maine are going to use more than $24 million in federal money to help clean up contaminated former industrial sites around the state. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It will pay for assessments and site cleanups in...