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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...

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...

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. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 12, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 9, 2021. Editorial: Focus should be on a safer University of Minnesota campus Student activists seem more focused on a number of unhelpful demands. Tensions are running high between some University...

Can Oregon Democrats learn from B.C.’s carbon tax?

May. 12, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

In 2019 and again in 2020, Oregon Republicans walked out of the state Legislature to prevent a vote on cap-and-trade climate bills. The legislation was meant to drive down the state’s carbon emissions, but Republicans feared the bills would place the greatest burden of higher fuel prices on...

Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045

May. 12, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government adopted an ambitious plan Wednesday to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045, five years earlier and with deeper cuts than previously planned. The roadmap approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's...

Utility-backed natural gas booklets spark backlash at school

May. 10, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The father of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, elementary school student said Monday he was shocked when he pulled two activity booklets from his son’s backpack that had been distributed at his school, including one titled: “Natural Gas: Your Invisible Friend.” ...