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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 file photo, Herman Termeer, 54, stands on the roof of his home as the Blue Ridge Fire burns along the hillside in Chino Hills, Calif. An overheating world obliterated weather records in 2020 — an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts and ice melt — the United Nations’ weather agency reported Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UN calls on humanity to end 'war on nature,' go carbon-free

Dec. 2, 2020 9:41 AM EST

As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its “war on nature” and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution. With new reports highlighting...

Maine climate plan calls for climate neutrality by 2045

Dec. 1, 2020 3:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor said Tuesday she will seek to use a series of law change proposals to help the state reach carbon neutrality by 2045. Gov. Janet Mills made the statement as the state released its four-year climate plan, entitled “Maine Won't Wait.” Mills,...

New Jersey environmental commissioner retiring in January

Dec. 1, 2020 10:01 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J (AP) — New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe will be retiring in the new year, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. Murphy said McCabe will be retiring Jan. 15, and a successor has not yet been named. She took the reins at the DEP early in Murphy's tenure,...

New solar project to power 11K homes in Washington state

Dec. 1, 2020 9:33 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A public utility company in Washington state has announced a partnership to develop a new solar project near Richland that would generate enough electricity for more than 11,000 homes, officials said. Energy Northwest will partner with Tucci Energy Services to build the 300-acre...

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Dutch climate activists take Shell to court over emissions

Dec. 1, 2020 7:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A group of environmental organizations backed by thousands of Dutch citizens launched a civil case Tuesday against the energy giant Shell, asking a court to order the multinational to commit to reining in its carbon emissions 45% by the year 2030. Lawyer Roger Cox told a panel...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo, clouds of smoke over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report. Still, the EU said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 it need to intensify efforts to make its target of making Europe the first climate neutral continent by mid-century. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

Nov. 30, 2020 11:45 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by...

Portugal: young climate activists get Strasbourg court boost

Nov. 30, 2020 6:38 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights is requiring a prompt response from 33 countries to an ambitious climate change case brought by six young Portuguese, a move that activists said gave heart to their cause. The court on Monday ordered the European countries to respond to the...

Cause of Fire at Kansas alcohol plant under investigation

Nov. 28, 2020 1:49 PM EST

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt in an explosion and fire at a northeast Kansas distilling plant that was fined earlier this year over a noxious cloud of fumes that sent dozens to the hospital in 2016. Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson said the blast happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday at...

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...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 25, 2020 12:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 25 The Daytona Beach News-Journal on suicide awareness and prevention: It’s a strange place for an anti-suicide message, blazoned across the front of a sleek and speedy stock car. It must have been even stranger to see the words “Race to Stop...