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Oil giant Total withdraws from US energy lobbying group

Jan. 15, 2021 1:57 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French oil and gas company Total said it has decided to withdraw from energy association American Petroleum Institute because it disagrees on climate-related policies. Total said in a statement Friday it would not renew its membership for 2021 following an analysis of API's position on climate...

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes sweeping climate change bill

Jan. 14, 2021 7:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a sweeping climate change bill Thursday, just days after top Democratic lawmakers on Beacon Hill vowed to immediately refile and pass it again if the Republican refused to sign the legislation. The bill had been approved earlier this month in the waning days of the...

Groups accuse France of climate inaction, take case to court

Jan. 14, 2021 9:57 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French court started examining on Thursday what environmental and other organizations are billing as “the case of the century,” accusing the country's authorities of failing to act against climate change. It stems from a legal complaint filed by Greenpeace France, Oxfam France,...

Climate task force to tackle Alaska city's carbon footprint

Jan. 14, 2021 9:48 AM EST

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Elected officials and residents in an Alaska city have revived a decade-old task force to tackle climate change in the community. The Sitka Assembly approved a new Climate Action Task Force in November, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Wednesday. The group's job is to develop a...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee takes the oath of office for his third term as Governor, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: Washington state must work toward a 'new normal'

Jan. 13, 2021 5:04 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a videotaped speech to a mostly remote meeting of the Washington Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday told lawmakers that following the challenges of 2020, the state must move to a “new normal” that addresses a multitude of issues, including equity, affordable...

Lawmakers say they are ready to refile, pass climate bill

Jan. 13, 2021 4:41 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Top Beacon Hill lawmakers say they’re ready to quickly re-file and pass a sweeping climate change bill currently on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk if he refuses to sign it. The bill was approved earlier this month in the waning days of the prior legislative session. Baker...

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

UN chief Antonio Guterres declares he will seek second term

Jan. 11, 2021 10:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres officially declared Monday he is seeking a second five-year term at the helm of the United Nations. Guterres, whose current term ends next Dec. 31, said in a letter to General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir that “It would be my honor to...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, the San Francisco skyline in the distance behind Crissy Field is barely visible due to smoke from wildfires burning across California. Researchers say smoke from wildfires accounted for up to half of all small particle air pollution in parts of the western U.S. in recent years (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

Jan. 11, 2021 7:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Even as pollution emissions declined from other sources...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, a Monarch butterfly flies to Joe Pye weed, in Freeport, Maine. Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to University of Connecticut entomologist David Wagner, lead author in a special package of studies released Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, written by 56 scientists from around the globe.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects

Jan. 11, 2021 7:34 PM EST

The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes in agriculture and land use are causing Earth to lose probably 1% to 2% of its insects...

InvestigateWest: Cascadia not on track to cut emissions

Jan. 11, 2021 12:47 PM EST

To the rest of the world, the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Canada’s British Columbia represent one of the supposedly most eco-friendly regions in North America, if not the globe. And yet on climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of this generation, the governments of...