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The Latest: Biden arrives in Belgium ahead of NATO summit

Jun. 13, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: BRUSSELS — President Joe Biden has arrived in the capital of Belgium for the upcoming NATO summit, wearing a mask because of the coronavirus as an honor guard and trumpeters greeted him. ...

From vaccine sharing to climate, G-7 talks yield agreements

Jun. 13, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

FALMOUTH, England (AP) — The Group of Seven wealthy democracies have wrapped up their first face-to-face summit in two years at a seaside resort in southwest England. The leaders of the G-7 — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — made...

Swiss narrowly reject tax hike to fight climate change

Jun. 13, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Exit polls on Sunday indicated that Swiss voters appear to have narrowly rejected a proposed “carbon dioxide law” that would have hiked fees and taxes on fuels that produce greenhouse gases. The Alpine country has been experiencing an outsized impact...

Connecticut lawmakers to return to Capitol for another round

Jun. 10, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

Connecticut lawmakers may have closed out the regular legislative session on Wednesday night, but they're expected to return to the state Capitol soon to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, some remaining budget bills and possibly some other bills that didn't survive in the...

5 Poles sue government seeking faster steps on gas emissions

Jun. 10, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish environmental group says five members of the public are separately taking the government to court this month, to demand faster steps to reduce Poland’s greenhouse gas emissions and meet European climate goals. In a statement released...

Eying deal, GM softens on tough standards for car pollution

Jun. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The nation's largest automaker said Wednesday it can support greenhouse gas emissions limits that other car manufacturers negotiated with California — if they are achieved mostly by promoting sales of fully electric vehicles. It is a new stance for...

Cooper seeks to ignite NC wind projects, sets power goal

Jun. 09, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled more efforts on Wednesday to boost development of generating wind turbine energy off the North Carolina coast over the next two decades. The governor issued an executive order directing his Commerce Department to create a...

Colorado lawmakers map ambitious path to pandemic recovery

Jun. 09, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Legislature during its 2021 session launched an ambitious path to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic's devastating economic and social consequences, with majority Democrats doling out millions of dollars to dozens of business and health care needs. ...

Former VW boss to pay firm $13 million over diesel scandal

Jun. 09, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has agreed to pay 11.2 million euros ($13.6 million) in compensation for what the company called his failure to quickly get to the bottom of the 2015 scandal over diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests, the company...

Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time

Jun. 07, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

The annual peak of global heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air has reached another dangerous milestone: 50% higher than when the industrial age began. And the average rate of increase is faster than ever, scientists reported Monday. The National...