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UN climate talks: Faint progress on money, none on pollution

Sep. 20, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

Opening pocketbooks wider to fight climate change? That’s looking slightly more doable. Closing more smokestacks for the same goal? Not yet sold. World leaders made “faint signs of progress” on the financial end of fighting climate change in a special United Nations...

Baker creates clean heat commission to help cut emissions

Sep. 20, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order Monday creating what he described as a first-in-the-nation “Commission on Clean Heat” to help craft policies to reduce heating fuel emissions in Massachusetts. The task of the commission is to establish a...

Global protest seeks to turn up heat on leaders over climate

Sep. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Youth activists are hoping to turn up the heat on governments Friday with the first large-scale international protest against climate change in six months. Greta Thunberg and fellow activists said Monday they plan to stage demonstrations in cities around...

EU court fines Poland 500,000 euros daily until mine closes

Sep. 20, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Monday ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of 500,000 euros ($586,000) until it complies with an earlier ruling to shut down a lignite mine near the border with the Czech Republic and Germany. The Court of Justice...

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the...

Durham votes to remove Mill Pond dam on Oyster River

Sep. 19, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — After more than a decade of discussion, Durham is moving ahead with the removal of a dam on the Oyster River. The Durham Town Council voted 7-2 this past week to remove the Mill Pond Dam, which was developed at the turn of the century to replace a...

The Nature Conservancy buys 13.5K acres in Hancock County

Sep. 19, 2021 08:45 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Nature Conservancy has acquired approximately 13,500 acres of forested land north of Tunk Mountain in Hancock County. The land, which will continue to be open for birding, hunting and fishing, abuts an existing preserve to the north of Tunk...

Lawmakers review agency charged with coastal regulation

Sep. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A legislative commission is looking at ways to reorganize Rhode Island's lead agency for reviewing offshore wind projects and other coastal development proposals. House Rep. Deborah Ruggiero, a Jamestown Democrat, will lead the 15-member House...

Democrats tackling flash points of taxes, health, climate

Sep. 18, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revamp the tax code and important federal health care and environment programs. Spend $3.5 trillion over 10 years, but maybe a lot less. Ensure that no more than three Democrats in all of Congress vote “no” because Republicans will be unanimously opposed. ...

China, pandemic, energy top Japan's leadership race debate

Sep. 18, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Four candidates vying to lead Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party — and replacing outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — held their first main debate on Saturday, discussing plans to tackle key issues such as China, the COVID-19 measures, the pandemic-hit economy...