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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his annual 'State of Hungary' speech in the Varkert Bazaar conference hall of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

Hungary's Orban warns about climate crisis, slow EU growth

Feb. 16, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister on Sunday declared the past decade as the most successful of Hungary’s past century, but also said the country was threatened by the climate crisis, continuing population decline and “sinister menaces gathering over the European...

Police officers stand near activists outside BP's headquarters to mark the first day of the oil company's new chief executive Bernard Looney, at St James' Square in London, Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020. Around 100 environmental activists mounted the peaceful protest in central London as Bernard Looney prepared to take up his new role. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

BP lays out long-term ambition to achieve net-zero emissions

Feb. 12, 2020 5:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Energy producer BP said Wednesday it wants to eliminate or offset all carbon emissions from its operations and the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050, an ambitious target born out of pressure to help combat climate change and keep making money. London-based BP's goals include becoming...

Former PG&E attorney to head EPA West Coast office

Feb. 12, 2020 11:47 AM EST

The Environmental Protection Agency has named a former attorney for the nation's largest utility to head its West Coast office, replacing the regional director ousted from the post last week. John Busterud, who worked for Pacific Gas and Electric for three decades, will manage more than 600 staff employees and...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson launches the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland, during an announcement in London Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020.  Johnson is expected to announce a target to stop selling new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via AP)

UK boosts climate effort by banning new gas vehicles by 2035

Feb. 4, 2020 9:13 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced Tuesday that it plans to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2035 — five years earlier than its previous target — in a bid to speed up efforts to tackle climate change. The announcement was timed to coincide with the launch of Britain's plans for the...

Protesters rally for action on climate change outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, lampoon Prime Minister Scott Morrison over his support for fossil fuel industries. Inside Parliament, lawmakers commemorated wildfire victims and praised the heroism of firefighters during the continuing wildfire crisis. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Australian Parliament remembers victims and heroes of fires

Feb. 4, 2020 2:28 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Lawmakers commemorated wildfire victims and praised the heroism of firefighters when Australia's Parliament sat on Tuesday as hundreds of protesters rallied outside demanding more policy action on climate change. The usual business of Parliament was postponed on the first sitting...

President Emmanuel Macron,left, of France and his Polish host, President Andrzej Duda, shake hands before talks on developing recently-strained bilateral ties at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

France's Macron wants closer ties with Poland on EU

Feb. 3, 2020 3:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for closer ties with Poland in shaping the European Union without Britain, in European security and relations with Russia. Following talks in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Macron also called for a revival of trilateral...

US energy secretary: Brazil showing commitment on climate

Feb. 2, 2020 10:35 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said Sunday the far-right government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is demonstrating its commitment to the fight against climate change by promoting nuclear energy. Bolsonaro, a climate skeptic, has been criticized internationally for...

Candidates, students to attend youth climate town hall

Feb. 1, 2020 10:25 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Presidential candidates and students from New Hampshire high schools, universities and graduate programs will share the stage at a Youth Climate & Clean Energy Town Hall in Concord. “This event shines the spotlight on candidates' climate plans while turning up the volume on...

Vermont Health Department: Energy policies promote health

Feb. 1, 2020 9:38 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Transportation and energy policies designed to fight climate change can also save lives, the Vermont Health Department says. An analysis of the transportation goals in the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan calls for walking, biking and bus use to double by 2030, which it...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 31, 2020 4:11 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CT right to reconsider future power needs Connecticut Post Jan. 30 It hasn’t emerged as a major issue in the pending state legislative session, but a speech this month from Katie Dykes, the state’s commissioner of energy and environmental protection, could be a...