Latest Climate change News

Oil and gas companies must pay more to drill on federal lands under new Biden administration rule

Apr. 12, 2024 19:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and gas companies will have to pay more to drill on federal lands and satisfy stronger requirements to clean up old or abandoned wells under a final rule issued Friday by the Biden administration. The Interior Department's rule raises royalty rates for oil...

Biden awards $830 million to toughen nation's infrastructure against climate change

Apr. 11, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday awarded $830 million in grants to fund 80 projects aimed at toughening the nation's aging infrastructure against the harmful impacts of climate change. The money is expected to improve bridges, roads, ports, rail, transit and...

UN climate chief presses for faster action, says humans have 2 years left 'to save the world'

Apr. 10, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

OXFORD, England (AP) — Humanity has only two years left “to save the world” by making dramatic changes in the way it spews heat-trapping emissions and it has even less time to act to get the finances behind such a massive shift, the head of the United Nations climate agency said. ...

Verdict saying Switzerland violated rights by failing on climate action could ripple across Europe

Apr. 09, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Europe’s highest human rights court ruled Tuesday that countries must better protect their people from the consequences of climate change, siding with a group of older Swiss women against their government in a landmark ruling that could have implications across the...

Court upholds California's authority to set nation-leading vehicle emission rules

Apr. 09, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California can continue to set its own nation-leading vehicle emissions standards, a federal court ruled Tuesday — two years after the Biden administration restored the state’s authority to do so as part of its efforts to reverse Trump-era environmental rollbacks. ...

Pennsylvania makes a push to attract and approve carbon capture wells

Apr. 09, 2024 18:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state Senate on Tuesday approved legislation aimed at helping the nation's No. 2 natural gas-producing state attract carbon capture projects and enable federally-funded hydrogen hubs, but critics say the bill lacks important safeguards. The...

Broken record: March is 10th straight month to be hottest on record, scientists say

Apr. 09, 2024 01:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the 10th consecutive month, Earth in March set a new monthly record for global heat — with both air temperatures and the world’s oceans hitting an all-time high for the month, the European Union climate agency Copernicus said. March 2024 averaged 14.14...

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide and methane levels in the air last year spiked to record highs again

Apr. 05, 2024 14:05 PM EDT

The levels of the crucial heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere reached historic highs last year, growing at near-record fast paces, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Carbon dioxide, the most important and abundant of the greenhouse gases caused...

EPA head Regan defends $20B green bank: 'I feel really good about this program'

Apr. 05, 2024 11:38 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday defended a new $20 billion federal “green bank” program, saying it will finance a variety of projects to create low-carbon solutions to combat climate change, including in disadvantaged communities that are most...

Mexico's likely next president is a scientist. Politics has her mostly quiet on climate threats

Apr. 04, 2024 09:43 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The López home kept filling with seawater as the Gulf of Mexico rose and winter storms got worse. Cristina López and her family decided to leave after one bad storm in November, knowing the ocean would eventually devour their home in the fishing town of El...