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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop pumping additional carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas, into the atmosphere by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020,  to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and was immediately cheered by climate campaigners. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil, File)

China, top global emitter, aims to go carbon-neutral by 2060

Sep. 22, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Calling for a “green...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, young people attend a protest of the Fridays For Future movement in Berlin, Germany. Ten cities around the world on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, joined New York and London in committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of efforts to combat climate change. Berlin, Cape Town, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oslo and others pledged to take “all possible steps to divest city assets from fossil fuel companies and (increase) financial investments in climate solutions.” (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

From LA to Oslo, 12 cities pledge to divest from fossil fuel

Sep. 22, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Ten cities around the world on Tuesday joined New York and London in committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of efforts to combat climate change. Berlin, Cape Town, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oslo and others pledged to take “all possible steps to divest city assets from...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Rick Bajornas/UN via AP)

Bolsonaro to world: Brazil is victim of environmental smear

Sep. 22, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest, telling the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders on Tuesday that his country has been wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain. Bolsonaro's critics...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 file photo, rhinos walk in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve in South Africa. South Africa’s anti-COVID-19 lockdown is credited with helping to achieve a dramatic drop in rhino killings, but as the country opens up experts warn there is a risk of a resurgence of poaching of one of Earth’s most endangered mammals. Redoubled efforts are critical to prevent a resurgence of killings of the country’s rhinoceros, South African officials and wildlife activists say, as World Rhino Day is marked Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

South Africa's rhino poaching drops during virus lockdown

Sep. 22, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's anti-COVID-19 lockdown is credited with helping to achieve a dramatic drop in rhino killings, but as the country opens up experts warn of a possible resurgence of poaching of one of Earth's most endangered mammals. Redoubled efforts are critical to protect the country's...

A woman watches as the Bobcat Fire burns in Juniper Hill, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

Sep. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning...

Metal barricades line the the shuttered main entrance to the United Nations headquarters, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in New York.  With the COVID-19 pandemic still circling the globe, world leaders are skipping their annual gathering in New York and will make pre-recorded speeches this week on the state of a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Declaration of UN's 75th anniversary urges global unity

Sep. 21, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world’s often-divided nations united Monday to adopt a declaration commemorating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, saying the urgency for all countries to come together “has rarely been greater” amid global challenges ranging from the coronavirus...

A man walk past portraits of former United Nations Secretary-Generals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 at United Nations headquarters. In 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the annual high-level meeting of world leaders around the U.N. General Assembly will be very different from years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders will not be traveling to the United Nations in New York for their addresses, which will be prerecorded. Most events related to the gathering will be held virtually. No access to world leaders on the U.N. grounds will be possible, therefore, and access to most anything will be extremely curtailed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

Sep. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders of an increasingly polarized, go-it-alone world to work together and preserve the organization’s most important success since its founding: avoiding a military confrontation between the major...

FILE - Sea ice breaks apart as the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica traverses the Northwest Passage through the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in a Friday, July 21, 2017 file photo.  The National Snow and Ice Data Center's figures Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 show that sea ice last week was only 1.4 million square miles when it reached its annual low mark for the summer. In the 1980s it was always at least 1 million square miles more. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Warming shrinks Arctic Ocean ice to 2nd lowest on record

Sep. 21, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

Ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces, U.S. scientists reported Monday. The extent of ice-covered ocean at the North Pole and extending further south to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia reached its summertime low...

German military opens new space operations center

Sep. 21, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German military on Monday officially opened its first 'Air and Space Operations Center,' a nod to the growing importance of satellites for the country's national security. The center, located in the western town of Uedem, has a staff of 50 that’s planned to triple over the next...

FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, elephants drink from the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in the northern part of the country earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

Sep. 21, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday. The elephants in the Seronga area died from a neurological disorder that appears...