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Fire officials aim to douse blazes fast, avoid megafires

May. 13, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of blazes. By aggressively responding to...

Spain at last adopts promised law on becoming carbon neutral

May. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament approved a law on climate change and energy transition Thursday that belatedly brings the country into line with the European Union’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. The law stipulates a 23% reduction in emissions by 2030...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

May. 12, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 10 The Washington Post on a school bombing and Afghanistan's future: The horrific bombing of a school for girls in Kabul on Saturday was a grim presage of the...

Tornado rips off roofs, knocks out power in New Orleans

May. 12, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A tornado ripped off roofs, knocked down utility polls and cut off power to thousands in New Orleans early Wednesday, but no serious injuries were reported in what one city official called an unexpected “dry run” for the approaching hrricane season. ...

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks

May. 12, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a gap of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website highlighting evidence of climate change in the United States, including rising temperatures, increased ocean acidity, sea level rise, river flooding, droughts, heat waves and...

New Florida law seeks to protect state from sea level rise

May. 12, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida — one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise — will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 12, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 9, 2021. Editorial: Focus should be on a safer University of Minnesota campus Student activists seem more focused on a number of unhelpful demands. Tensions are running high between some University...

Can Oregon Democrats learn from B.C.’s carbon tax?

May. 12, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

In 2019 and again in 2020, Oregon Republicans walked out of the state Legislature to prevent a vote on cap-and-trade climate bills. The legislation was meant to drive down the state’s carbon emissions, but Republicans feared the bills would place the greatest burden of higher fuel prices on...

Germany maps path to reaching 'net zero' emissions by 2045

May. 12, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government adopted an ambitious plan Wednesday to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045, five years earlier and with deeper cuts than previously planned. The roadmap approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's...

Hurricane that hit Louisiana in 2020 was Category 3, not 2

May. 11, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, which swept through southeast Louisiana at the tail end of the 2020 hurricane season, has been upgraded to a major, Category 3 storm at Louisiana landfall, according to a federal report released Tuesday that underscored the intensity of the already...