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Germany's Merkel: build political majority vs climate change

May. 15, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she understands young people's frustration about the pace of efforts to combat climate change, but is stressing the need to build political majorities to support effective action. Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday approved...

Newsom's green budget has something for everyone — even bees

May. 14, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a drought that followed a year of historic wildfires exacerbated by a warming planet, California's governor on Friday proposed spending a record $11 billion on programs to combat climate change, promote clean air, shore up water supplies and prevent wildfires. ...

Blinken heads to Iceland meeting with Russia on his mind

May. 14, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is headed to Europe and North Atlantic islands next week to put the Biden administration’s stamp on climate change policy in the Arctic and warn Russia against interference in the United States, Ukraine and elsewhere, the State...

UK backs plans for in-person COP26 climate meeting

May. 14, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain hopes to host the U.N.'s delayed COP26 climate summit in person in November despite the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.K. official leading the preparations said Friday. Alok Sharma, the U.K.’s president-designate of COP26,...

Fire officials aim to douse blazes fast, avoid megafires

May. 13, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of blazes. By aggressively responding to...

Spain at last adopts promised law on becoming carbon neutral

May. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament approved a law on climate change and energy transition Thursday that belatedly brings the country into line with the European Union’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. The law stipulates a 23% reduction in emissions by 2030...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

May. 12, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 10 The Washington Post on a school bombing and Afghanistan's future: The horrific bombing of a school for girls in Kabul on Saturday was a grim presage of the...

Tornado rips off roofs, knocks out power in New Orleans

May. 12, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tornado ripped off roofs, knocked down utility polls and cut off power to thousands in New Orleans early Wednesday, but no serious injuries were reported in what one city official called an unexpected “dry run” for the approaching hrricane season. ...

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks

May. 12, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a gap of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website highlighting evidence of climate change in the United States, including rising temperatures, increased ocean acidity, sea level rise, river flooding, droughts, heat waves and...

New Florida law seeks to protect state from sea level rise

May. 12, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida — one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise — will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday. ...