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Paid family leave falls out of Biden bill as tempers rise

Oct. 27, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats signaled a deal is within reach on President Joe Biden's big domestic bill but momentum fizzled and tempers flared late Wednesday as a paid family leave proposal fell out and a billionaires' tax appeared scrapped, mostly to satisfy a pivotal member of the...

Net zero goals aren't the solution, says India before COP26

Oct. 27, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The solution to climate change is not setting net zero carbon emissions targets as dozens of nations have done, India's federal environment minister said. Instead, rich countries need to acknowledge their “historic responsibility" for emissions and...

Pritzker to visit UK, tout climate-change efforts next week

Oct. 27, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will travel to the United Kingdom next week to discuss the state's efforts to neutralize climate change while bolstering economic development, his office said Wednesday. The Democrat and top staff members will travel...

Shapiro breaks with Wolf over strategy on climate change

Oct. 27, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Josh Shapiro, the Democratic candidate for governor, is breaking with Gov. Tom Wolf on the centerpiece of Wolf’s plan to fight climate change amid the strong and sustained pushback it has received from building trades unions that have long backed the party's...

State denies permits for power plants in NYC, Hudson Valley

Oct. 27, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials denied required air permits Wednesday for natural gas power plants in New York City and along the Hudson River, saying both would be inconsistent with statewide greenhouse gas emission goals. The denials of Title V air...

US-China tensions evident as Biden heads to twin summits

Oct. 27, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nine months under President Joe Biden, the U.S. has pursued a diplomatic strategy that could be characterized as about China, without China. On security, trade, climate and COVID-19, the Biden White House has tried to reorient the focus of the U.S....

Weather junkies turn to Florida hurricane blogger for info

Oct. 27, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — As a recent hurricane lashed the Louisiana coast, nervous excitement churned inside Florida-based, self-proclaimed weather geek turned storm chaser Mike Boylan. The winds howled as he started up his white pickup truck and ventured away from...

Many progressives grudgingly accepting smaller economic plan

Oct. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many progressives have started lining up behind an emerging social and environment bill that's neither as big nor bold as they wanted, constrained by an outnumbered but potent band of party moderates who've commanded disproportionate clout and curbed the measure's...

Italy hosts a climate-focused G20 as geopolitics shift

Oct. 27, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leaders of Russia and China aren’t coming. Turkey nearly set off a diplomatic incident on the eve of the meeting. And the United States, Australia and France will be at the same table for the first time since Washington pulled the rug out from under Paris’ $66 billion...

Greenpeace urges Europe to drop short flights, take trains

Oct. 27, 2021 04:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A study commissioned by the environmental group Greenpeace shows that over one-third of the busiest short-haul flights in Europe have viable train alternatives which are far less polluting. The group called on European governments Wednesday to boost...