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EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...

Springfield is getting 2 electric-powered transit buses

Nov. 14, 2019 9:50 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield is getting two electric-powered transit buses and could get more if they perform as expected. The Springfield News-Leader reports that City Utilities says the buses will arrive in Springfield by the end of 2020. Transit director Matt Crawford says the buses will help the...

Secrecy shrouds talks on New Mexico's methane emissions

Nov. 12, 2019 11:56 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been outspoken about curbing methane emissions, but the advisory panel tasked with making recommendations is meeting behind closed doors and even the times and places of its gatherings are not made public. There have been no published agendas...

Minnesota governor pursuing more electric cars for the state

Nov. 9, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is on a crusade. He wants to lower carbon emissions from Minnesota's transportation sector, and says his latest plan to adopt California rules for tailpipe emissions could help make a dent, in part by invigorating a lagging market for electric vehicles. "If we had more...

MSC aims to be 1st major 'carbon neutral' cruise operator

Nov. 8, 2019 4:20 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — MSC Cruises says it will become the world's first global cruise operator to go "carbon neutral" by donating money to reduce or capture the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions its ships produce. The announcement Friday in Hamburg comes amid criticism from environmental campaigners...

Editorials from around New England

Nov. 8, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Confronting our biases The Day Nov. 7 Inroads cannot be made in reducing personal or institutional racial bias without first admitting it exists. That message was delivered by Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson during "A Conversation on...

New Zealand passes law aimed at combating climate change

Nov. 7, 2019 3:45 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Thursday joined forces across the aisle to pass a bill aimed at combating climate change. The Zero Carbon bill aims to make New Zealand reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the point the country becomes mostly carbon neutral by 2050. It gives some...

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...

Clarification: Air Quality-Georgia City story

Nov. 5, 2019 9:21 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Oct. 28 on medical sterilization facilities, The Associated Press reported on the closure of several facilities that use a carcinogenic gas to sterilize medical equipment, including a Georgia facility owned by Sterigenics. The story should have made clear that Sterigenics...

US tells UN it is pulling out of Paris climate deal

Nov. 4, 2019 11:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year. His statement...