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Greta Thunberg reaches Madrid for climate activists' march

Dec. 6, 2019 4:00 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Madrid Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change. The Spanish capital is hosting a two-week, United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at streamlining the rules on global...

Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks

Dec. 5, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector-general said Thursday. Agency officials at the...

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

Dec. 5, 2019 5:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The release happened Nov. 26 at the Detroit Bulk Storage property, Nick Assendelft, a spokesman...

Correction: Climate Talks-Goodbye US? story

Dec. 5, 2019 5:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 4, 2019, about the Trump administration's role in the Madrid climate conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date and sponsorship of a poll on public attitudes toward the Paris climate agreement. The poll was conducted in June 2017 by the AP-NORC Center...

Voluntary evacuation order lifted for Texas coastal city

Dec. 5, 2019 5:17 PM EST

PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — Officials in the Texas coastal city of Port Neches lifted a voluntary evacuation order Thursday that was issued overnight because of concerns about air quality following a pair of chemical plant explosions last week. Officials issued the voluntary order for the city of roughly...

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.

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Dec. 5, 2019 12:46 PM EST

SWANSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis. With a total annual budget of $225 million,...

UN climate talks aim to pave way for global carbon market

Dec. 5, 2019 11:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — On a cold afternoon in late November, Jan Gerrit Otterpohl eyes the chimneys of Berlin’s Heizkraftwerk Mitte, a state-of-the-art power plant that supplies the city with heat and electricity. It’s not the billowing steam he’s interested in, but the largely invisible carbon...

Miami Beach unveils traffic sculpture made of sand

Dec. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took artist Leandro Erlich two years and 330 tons (299 metric tons) of sand to create his largest work of art to date — a giant traffic jam, made entirely of sand. Erlich was commissioned by the city of Miami Beach to create the work, which was unveiled during Art Basel....