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Groundbreaking held for large solar project in south Georgia

Oct. 23, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Plans for a massive new solar installation in south Georgia are moving ahead. Construction will soon get underway on the first phase of the DeSoto Solar Farm project in Lee County, north of Albany, the governor's office said Wednesday. ...

Saudi Arabia pledges 2060 target of net-zero emissions

Oct. 23, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the world's largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, announced Saturday it aims to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, joining more than 100 countries in a global effort to try and curb man-made climate change. ...

Bangladesh to share 'climate prosperity plan' at COP26

Oct. 23, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh, considered especially prone to extreme weather and rising ocean levels, plans to present its “climate prosperity plan” to lessen the effects of climate change on the economy at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, an official said. ...

New Mexico governor confirms plans for UN climate conference

Oct. 22, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Democratic governor will soon be headed to Scotland for the United Nations’ upcoming climate conference, where world leaders will talk about accelerating action toward the goals of the Paris Agreement to slow global warming. Gov....

EXPLAINER: California proposes limits on community drilling

Oct. 22, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An ambitious plan by California regulators to block new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet (975 meters) of schools and homes is drawing protests from the oil industry and plaudits from environmentalists, who still want the state to go further. ...

Amid air quality concerns, districts embrace electric buses

Oct. 22, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — For several years, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools had toyed with replacing some of its 1,000 diesel buses with cleaner electric vehicles. But school leaders said the change would be too costly. Then 12-year-old student Holly Thorpe showed up at a...

Polish miners protest top EU court's order to shut mine

Oct. 22, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 2,000 Polish coal miners on Friday staged a noisy protest in Luxembourg against a decision by the European Union's top court to shut down a major brown coal mine in Poland and to fine the country for flouting the ruling. Clad in yellow vests...

Japan OKs plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon

Oct. 22, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan adopted a new energy policy on Friday that promotes nuclear and renewables as sources of clean energy to achieve the country’s pledge of reaching carbon neutrality in 2050. The new basic energy plan, adopted by the Cabinet just in time for the...

Greenpeace chief warns of 'greenwashing' at UN climate talks

Oct. 22, 2021 01:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of environmental group Greenpeace on Thursday warned against efforts by countries and corporations at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow to “greenwash” their ongoing pollution of the planet. The summit hosted by Britain has been...

California plan to ban community oil drilling far from final

Oct. 22, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Environmental groups were cautiously optimistic about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to ban new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of schools and homes, but the oil industry and labor allies warned the plan would raise California energy prices and...