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European airports plan for net zero carbon emissions

Jun. 26, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — An organization representing airports in 45 European countries said Wednesday that it aims to get airports to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Airport Council International Europe President Michael Kerkloh told a meeting of 300 aviation officials that the strategy's launch...

The Latest: Paris says 'non' to old cars to counter the heat

Jun. 26, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the heat wave in Europe (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Paris is banning old cars for the day as a heat wave aggravates the city's pollution. Regional authorities estimate the measure put into place Wednesday affects nearly 60% of vehicles circulating in the Paris region,...

No swimming: Toxic bacteria afflicts Mississippi coast

Jun. 26, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

MANDEVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An outbreak of toxic bacteria is ruining some beach plans in Mississippi, where authorities are warning people not to swim or eat seafood from polluted coastal waters. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality released a list of closed beaches to news outlets. Residents...

French govt slammed over pollution, slow climate response

Jun. 26, 2019 3:37 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as a global climate crusader but even a watchdog that he created says his government is lagging on its promises to the planet. The High Council for the Climate issued its first report Tuesday night on the French government's climate policy, saying...

In Oregon, stark rural-urban divide fuels climate dispute

Jun. 26, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal, urban population centers and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Eleven Republican...

The Latest: GOP wants assurance that climate bill is dead

Jun. 25, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a walkout by Republican state senators in Oregon over a proposed climate legislation (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Senate Republicans in Oregon say they need further assurances from Democrats about the fate of a landmark climate bill if they are going to put an end to their...

Minnesota appeals court orders hearing on PolyMet permit

Jun. 25, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A district court must determine if state environmental regulators improperly sought to suppress a federal agency's serious concerns about the pollution risks arising from a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The St. Paul-based...

Senate president: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

Jun. 25, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and exacerbated tensions between urban and rural areas. All 11 Republican senators extended their...

UN votes to establish political mission in Haiti

Jun. 25, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday establishing a political mission in Haiti starting Oct. 16 that will officially replace all U.N. peacekeeping activities in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. The vote on the U.S.-drafted resolution was 13-0, with Haiti's...

Smoke from US wildfires boosting health risk for millions

Jun. 25, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities...