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Davos climate focus: Can 'going green' mean oil and gas?

May. 24, 2022 05:12 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — As government officials, corporate leaders and other elites at the World Economic Forum grapple with how to confront climate change and its devastating effects, a central question is emerging: to what extent can oil and gas companies be part of a transition to...

Egypt promises to allow protest, push pledges as COP27 host

May. 24, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Egypt, host of the next United Nations summit on climate change, will push countries to make good on their pledges to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitate “non-adversarial” talks on compensation to developing countries for global warming impacts and...

US releases environmental study about new Idaho test reactor

May. 23, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have released an environmental study for a proposed nuclear test reactor to be built in eastern Idaho that backers say is needed to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department...

Davos updates | Urgent need in Afghanistan is saving economy

May. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Two high-level speakers at the World Economic Forum gathering say Afghanistan’s most urgent need is saving its economy from complete collapse. Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Program, said Monday in Davos that “we cannot...

Wolf's environmental protection secretary to depart agency

May. 23, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A cabinet secretary who helped shepherd Pennsylvania's entry into a regional carbon pricing program to combat climate change is leaving the administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. The governor said Monday that Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick...

Zelenskyy urges 'maximum' sanctions on Russia in Davos talk

May. 23, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for “maximum” sanctions against Russia during a virtual speech Monday to corporate executives, government officials and other elites on the first day of the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos. He said...

Contractor quitting puts Shell in spotlight over climate

May. 23, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A longtime contractor for Shell has publicly called out the oil and gas company's climate plans, accusing the company of “double talk” by saying it wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions while working on tapping new sources of fossil fuel. Caroline Dennett, who...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

May. 23, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. May 22, 2022. Editorial: Abbott and ERCOT should face facts: The grid isn’t fixed It’s been almost a year since Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed that he and state lawmakers did “everything that needed to be done” to prevent electricity...

DAVOS DIARY: Train, not plane means scenery, carbon cutting

May. 22, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — If you’re coming to Davos this year, try to take the train instead of flying, organizers of the World Economic Forum said. So I did. That meant a 12-hour journey from London to the exclusive gathering in the Swiss Alps, which I'm helping...

EXPLAINER: What are the key climate themes at Davos?

May. 22, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — While the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's war in Ukraine will be focuses of the World Economic Forum’s gathering of business and government leaders, so too will climate change. It's captured the world’s attention in unignorable and devastating ways. The...