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Too much of a Greta thing? Activist urges focus on others

Dec. 9, 2019 3:51 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way. “Our stories have been told over and over again,” the 16-year-old Swede said, explaining why she and prominent...

Big investors up call for governments to take climate action

Dec. 9, 2019 3:02 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than 600 institutional investors managing a whopping $37 trillion in client assets called Monday for governments to step up their efforts against climate change. The investors, including banks, pension funds and insurance companies, directed their message to countries participating in...

Minister: Brazil can't stop deforestation without help

Dec. 8, 2019 5:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Brazil can’t stop deforestation in the Amazon without the help of rich countries, the country’s environment minister said at the United Nations' two-week climate change conference. Ricardo Salles, who declined to set a target for limiting deforestation in the coming year, said...

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...

Rwanda opposition leader says she was barred from traveling

Dec. 6, 2019 11:03 AM EST

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan opposition leader said Friday that authorities barred her from leaving the East African nation this week to receive a human rights award in Spain. “I wrote a letter to the minister of justice requesting permission to travel but the minister didn’t...

Toll rises to 63 in migrant boat capsizing off Mauritania

Dec. 6, 2019 9:29 AM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — The death toll from a migrant boat capsizing off Mauritania has risen to 63 after the coast guard found five more bodies. It was one of the deadliest disasters this year among young Africans trying to reach Europe. Search and rescue operations continue off the coast near the...

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.

Spain hospital saves British woman after 6-hour heart stop

Dec. 5, 2019 11:38 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A 34-year-old British woman has been revived by Spanish doctors after enduring a six-hour cardiac arrest. Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron hospital said Thursday that Audrey Marsh got caught in a snowstorm in the Spanish Pyrenees on Nov.3 and suffered severe hypothermia before entering...

Spain launches app to fight trafficking of protected timber

Dec. 5, 2019 8:50 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition has launched a mobile app to fight the trafficking of tropical species of timber, one of the world’s greatest environmental crimes. The kit includes a guide of protected timber species, tools to obtain wood samples and an app that,...