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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign stop in Austin, Texas. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, Bloomberg's presidential campaign said they have begun hiring staff in Pennsylvania, a late primary state where his chief competitors for the Democratic Party's nomination have inroads. (Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Michael Bloomberg outlines plans for cleaner buildings, cars

Jan. 17, 2020 6:37 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would push for all new cars to be electric by 2035 and new buildings to produce zero carbon emissions by 2025 as part of clean energy plans he released this week. Bloomberg's latest climate plans build off his December plan to...

In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 photo, newly constructed buildings stand on Bhasan Char, or floating island, in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. The island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded and squalid camps on the country's border with Myanmar, officials said Thursday. The island is built to accommodate 100,000 people, just a fraction of the million Rohingya Muslims who have fled waves of violent persecution in their native Myanmar. (AP Photo/Saleh Noman)


“Bhasan Char is ready for habitation. Everything has been put in place,” Bangladesh refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner Mahbub Alam Talukder told The Associated Press.

Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

Jan. 17, 2020 12:06 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi island regularly submerged by monsoon rains is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to relocate people from the crowded and squalid camps where they've lived for years, officials said Thursday. Flood protection embankments, houses,...

After announcing and speaking about the Microsoft Carbon Footprint reduction CFO Amy Hood, President Brad Smith and Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa leaves the atrium on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

Microsoft: 'carbon-negative' by 2030 even for supply chain

Jan. 16, 2020 6:47 PM EST

Microsoft is pledging to become 100% “carbon-negative” by 2030 by removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday that the commitment will happen "not just across our direct emissions, but across our supply chain, too.” It's a major step up from...

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives for a joint press conference with Prime Ministers of the V4 after their meeting at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Austria against use of EU funding to support nuclear energy

Jan. 16, 2020 9:13 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told his counterparts from four central European countries on Thursday that Austria is not ready to accept European Union funding of their nuclear energy projects. After meeting the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in...

Wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Rising carbon prices led to drop in German emissions in 2019

Jan. 7, 2020 8:32 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell sharply last year, putting the country's 2020 climate goal within reach again. A report released Tuesday by the think tank Agora Energiewende found that emissions fell by 6.5% in 2019 compared with the previous year — equivalent to 50 million...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, photo, students from New Harmony High School work on a restoration project at the Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans. This new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

Jan. 6, 2020 4:53 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students,...

FILE - In a Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, members of the state Assembly listen to an address by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, at the in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers will return to work for the second half of their two-year session. Gov. Gavin Newsom must present his budget proposal to lawmakers by Friday, Jan.10, 2020. Lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly have until Jan. 31 to act on bills that were carried over from last year. Democrats have comfortable majorities in both chambers. Democratic leaders say they plan to focus this year on combating homelessness, protecting the environment and mitigating impacts from wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California eyes climate bond to prepare for disasters

Jan. 5, 2020 11:27 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, CAlif. (AP) — In a state burdened by billions of dollars in wildfire damage, California lawmakers are hoping for an advance loan before the next climate-fueled catastrophe hits. Lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state Legislature return to work Monday for the second year of a two-year...

FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo, gas emissions rises from a coal-burning power plant in Colstrip, Mont. One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. will close two of its four units by Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, as the Montana facility edges toward an eventual total shutdown. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Montana coal power plant closing two units built in 1970s

Jan. 2, 2020 7:26 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. will close two of its four units in coming days as the Montana facility edges toward an eventual total shutdown. Colstrip Units 1 and 2 — built in the 1970s when massive strip mines were being developed across...

FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif.   Amazon employees say that the company has threatened to fire some workers for publicly pushing the company to do more to combat climate change. A climate change advocacy group founded by employees said Amazon sent letters to members telling them that they could be fired if they continued to speak out to the press.     (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Amazon workers clash with company over climate change

Jan. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon employees say the company is threatening to fire workers for publicly pushing the company to do more to combat climate change. Amazon Employees For Climate Justice, a climate change advocacy group founded by Amazon workers, said Thursday that the company sent letters to members...

FILE - In this April 2, 2014, file photo, the Willis Tower, in downtown Chicago is seen through the window of an Osprey helicopter traveling with President Barack Obama. The famed skyscraper on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, became the largest building in the nation to earn the highest level of energy efficiency. Building owner Equity Office, the U.S. office arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group, made the announcement that the 110-story skyscraper reached the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Platinum certification, the Chicago Tribune reported. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Willis Tower receives highest level of green certification

Dec. 19, 2019 3:24 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Willis Tower skyscraper on Thursday became the largest building in the U.S. to reach the highest level of energy efficiency. Building owner Equity Office, the U.S. office arm of private-equity giant Blackstone Group, announced that the 110-story skyscraper reached the...