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Thunberg, Cameroon peace activist receive children’s award

Nov. 20, 2019 2:13 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Greta Thunberg, a young activist who has gone from staging school strikes to scolding world leaders about their climate change inaction, was awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize on Wednesday, along with Cameroon peace campaigner Divina Maloum....

23 states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental...

Poland’s PM now faces task of forming new government

Nov. 14, 2019 9:42 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Thursday was given the task of forming a new government after the ruling right-wing party won a second term in power. President Andrzej Duda appointed Mateusz Morawiecki to return as prime minister and Morawiecki said his next four-year term will...

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

Nov. 13, 2019 7:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. So is increasing plane travel. And the...

Teen climate activist is leaving US, setting sail for Spain

Nov. 12, 2019 8:50 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will leave North America and begin her return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby. The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar...

Australia defeated party urged to keep strong climate policy

Nov. 7, 2019 2:47 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An opposition review of the Australian conservative government's shock election win has urged the dispirited Labor Party to stick with strong policies on climate change. Senior Labor Party figures Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill on Thursday released their report on the reasons...

Swedish princess urges Bosnia's leaders to address pollution

Nov. 6, 2019 8:53 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Swedish Crown Princess Victoria has urged Bosnian leaders to tackle their country's environmental problems, saying it's a key challenge they'll have to confront if the Balkan country wants to join the European Union. Princess Victoria spoke at a climate conference in...

Trump can begin steps to pull US out of Paris climate deal

Nov. 4, 2019 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than two years President Donald Trump has talked about pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement . Starting Monday he finally can do something about it. Even then, though, the withdrawal process takes a year and wouldn't become official until at least...

Trump now has opening to pull US out of Paris climate pact

Nov. 3, 2019 8:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than two years President Donald Trump has talked about pulling the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement . Starting Monday he finally can do something about it. Even then, though, the withdrawal process takes a year and wouldn't become official until at least...

UN confirms Madrid as new location for climate summit

Nov. 1, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations global climate meeting next month will take place in Madrid after previous host Chile canceled at short notice, officials said Friday. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said representatives of the body that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain's offer to...