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Bolsonaro fires back after Norway, Germany suspend funding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro took aim at Germany and Norway after they cut donations for Brazilian forestry projects in criticism of his policies, with the far-right leader saying they should focus on their own environmental problems. "Isn't Norway the one that kills whales up there in...

Report: Germany to freeze support for Brazil forest projects

Aug. 10, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that the German government plans to stop supporting forest and biodiversity projects in Brazil because of what it sees as evidence of the South American country's lack of commitment to curbing deforestation in the Amazon region. German daily Tagesspiegel reported...

UK bids to have Glasgow host 2020 UN climate conference

Aug. 9, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government says a major United Nations climate conference will be held in Glasgow next year if the U.K.'s bid to host the event is successful. The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is due to be held in late 2020 in either...

Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Forest Service said the changes allow for greater flexibility and local control,...

Sailing to America: Teen to bring her climate activism to US

Jul. 29, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by...

Merkel defends German climate moves as rally urges action

Jul. 19, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's efforts to combat climate change on Friday, promising that her Cabinet will make "decisive" moves in September. As Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of young protesters in Berlin to urge policymakers to redouble...

New York's climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

Jul. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive...

Heating up: Hotter Earth drives dollars to sustainable funds

Jul. 14, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This year is on pace to be one of the hottest on record, again, and the trend may only accelerate as President Donald Trump loosens policies meant to combat climate change. That has some investors feeling anger, but others are seeing dollar signs. They're envisioning profits made by...

Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over story

Jul. 13, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender...

EU political groups won't back nominee before vote

Jul. 10, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The nominee for president of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday she would put respect for the rule of law and a progressive climate policy at the heart of her program if she is approved for the position. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was grilled by EU...