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Virginia seventh grader prepares for more climate activism

Dec. 7, 2019 9:00 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Gudrun Campbell was nervous before her first climate strike. Standing on the Downtown Mall this past March with Ezra Laiacona, a co-founder of the Cville Youth Climate Strike, they waited to see how many other students heeded their call to leave school. “I really...

Missouri teachers are schooling students on climate change

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the impacts of climate change becoming more visible, scientists and teachers across the nation are working out how to teach about the topic in the nation's classrooms. Teachers in Missouri are using real-world issues and collaboration to help their students understand the...

‘Generation Greta’: Angry youths put heat on climate talks

Nov. 28, 2019 3:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — It’s safe to say that anyone flying to this year’s global climate conference in Madrid had better have a watertight excuse if they meet Greta Thunberg. The Swedish teen has set a high standard for government officials, scientists and environmental campaigners attending the Dec....

New Haven students seek out recycling solutions for schools

Nov. 25, 2019 5:01 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — With New Haven’s schools doing virtually no recycling, students are stepping in with the belief they must do something. “Students would like to recycle; there are recycling bins but they get put into the trash,” said Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School...

Virginians are recycling more of their trash

Nov. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia recycled almost half of its trash last year, setting a record despite China's ban on importing plastic and other solid waste. The statewide recycling rate in 2018 was 46% — up 3 percentage points from the previous year, according to data released this week by the...

Illinois EPA student contest focuses on algae's effect

Nov. 11, 2019 7:57 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' environmental agency is enlisting fifth and sixth grade students to educate people about how algae affects bodies of water using art or language. The theme for this year's contest held by the Illinois Environment Protection Agency is "Algae: The Good, the Bad, and the...

Greta Thunberg call to fight global warming cheers LA rally

Nov. 2, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greta Thunberg, Sweden's 16-year-old climate-change activist, joined fellow teenagers from throughout California Friday in telling a cheering crowd of hundreds at a Los Angeles rally that they can and will fight to save their planet from global warming. Thunberg, who has been traveling...

Tiny beetle named after climate activist Greta Thunberg

Oct. 25, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg has a tiny new namesake. London's Natural History Museum said Friday that a minute species of beetle is being named "Nelloptodes gretae" in honor of the 16-year-old Swede who has pressed the world to do a better job fighting climate change. Michael Darby, a...

Nearly $300K in grants goes to NH, Vermont ecology education

Oct. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire and Vermont ecology education programs are getting a total of nearly $300,000 in grants. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation announced the grant awards Thursday from its Wellborn Ecology Fund. The programs provide opportunities for hands-on nature study; increase...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...