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Plan released to reduce massive wildfires in US West

Nov. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Friday released an overarching plan for removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop devastating wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The plan released by the U.S. Bureau of Land...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom at left, discusses the Trump administration's pledge to revoke California's authority to set vehicle emissions standards that are different than the federal standards, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Nichols' term leading the state ARB ends in December 2020. She's held the role since 2007 after an earlier stint as chair in the early 1980s. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Top California air, climate regulator hopes to run Biden EPA

Nov. 27, 2020 5:34 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over four decades, Mary Nichols has been the regulator behind some of the nation’s most ambitious climate policies and, in recent years, she’s been their staunchest defender against President Donald Trump's effort to dismantle them. With Joe Biden heading to the...

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris introduce their nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Biden says split Congress affects Cabinet picks

Nov. 24, 2020 7:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Some of Joe Biden’s former colleagues in the Senate who are hoping for a spot in his administration may be out of luck. The president-elect indicated in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that he was less...

Proposal would limit bank pullback of Arctic oil, gas funds

Nov. 24, 2020 9:08 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has released a proposed rule aimed at limiting the ability of large banks to pull financing from Arctic oil and natural gas projects. The proposal issued last Friday follows announcements by five of the nation’s largest banks that they plan to prohibit...

Dutch farmers pass the gate of Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, during a protest against a new law they argue threatens their livelihoods by reining in emissions of nitrogen oxide. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Dutch farmers protest reining in nitrogen oxide emissions

Nov. 17, 2020 7:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Farmers angry at the Dutch government's policies to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions protested Tuesday in The Hague, snarling traffic as they drove their tractors into the center of the city. Members of the Farmers Defence Force group who converged on the city from around the...

Passers-by, wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, walk along a commercial area during a rainy autumn day in Brussels, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. This autumn, Belgium was the European country with the highest number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 cases at some point but the situation has been gradually improving over the past seven days.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU negotiators clinch deal on huge budget, coronavirus plan

Nov. 10, 2020 11:57 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — After months of wrangling, European Union negotiators reached an agreement Tuesday on the bloc’s next seven-year budget and a sorely-needed coronavirus support package worth a total of some 1.8 trillion euros ($2.1 trillion), which could enter force early next year. The deal,...

A passer-by takes a selfie with an extra newspaper reporting on President-elect Joe Biden's win in the U.S. presidential election, in Tokyo Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. The headline reads: “Mr. Biden Assured to win.”(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

World leaders hope for fresh start after Biden win

Nov. 8, 2020 4:43 AM EST

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump's rejection of international alliances. Trump had yet to concede defeat, but Western and Asian allies...

A makeshift globe burns in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Activists of the so-called

US formally exits Paris pact aiming to curb climate change

Nov. 4, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact it helped forge five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks as he receives a briefing on the 2020 hurricane season in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The United States is out of the Paris climate agreement on the day after the presidential election. Experts say the outcome will determine to some degree just how hot and nasty the world will get in the future. The two presidential candidates have stark differences on fighting human-caused climate change. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

US vote to shape how world warms as climate pact exit looms

Nov. 1, 2020 4:55 PM EST

What happens on election day will to some degree determine how much more hot and nasty the world’s climate will likely get, experts say. The day after the presidential election, the United States formally leaves the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change. A year ago, President Donald Trump’s...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech during an extraordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Suga has declared Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 in his first policy speech after taking over from Shinzo Abe. The policy speech Monday at the outset of the parliamentary session set an ambitious agenda reflecting Suga's pragmatic approach to getting things done. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

Oct. 26, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns. The policy speech at the outset of the parliamentary session was Suga’s first since he took...