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Jobs are make-or-break argument for Biden in climate plan

Apr. 23, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is bringing out the billionaires, the CEOs and the union executives Friday to help sell President Joe Biden's climate-friendly transformation of the U.S. economy at a virtual summit of world leaders. The closing day of the two-day...

EXPLAINER: How come nations' climate targets don't compare?

Apr. 23, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's climate change summit features lots of talk from different nations about their goals for reducing carbon emissions. But in the weird world of national climate pledges, numbers often aren’t quite what they seem. Sometimes a 55% reduction...

Judge sets deadline for rare Nevada plant-listing decision

Apr. 22, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. ...

Mexican president pushes controversial reforestation plan

Apr. 22, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

KOPOMA, México (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made a strong push Thursday for his oft-questioned tree-planting program, trying to get the United States on board to fund a massive expansion of the program into Central America as a way to stem migration. ...

Earth Day: Rehabilitated sea turtle released in Florida Keys

Apr. 22, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Staff from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital released a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle back to the ocean on Thursday to mark Earth Day. Nicknamed “Sparb,” the 125-pound (57-kilogram) sub-adult sea turtle was rescued in late January...

Governor marks Earth Day with order targeting greenhouse gas

Apr. 22, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order Thursday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions across state facilities. The action sets goals to accelerate the state’s decarbonization efforts in state agencies and public institutions of higher...

Biden to restore California's power to set pollution rules

Apr. 22, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department is moving to reverse former President Donald Trump's bid to end California's ability to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the DOT,...

Mayors ask Biden to be included in climate migration study

Apr. 22, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The mayors of a dozen major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York and San Diego, are asking President Joe Biden to consult them as the administration studies how to identify and resettle people displaced directly or indirectly by drought, rising seas and other...

Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls

Apr. 22, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A crew returned from the northernmost islands in the Hawaiian archipelago this week with a boatload of marine plastic and abandoned fishing nets that threaten to entangle endangered Hawaiian monk seals and other animals on the uninhabited beaches stretching more than 1,300...

World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts

Apr. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of Russia and China put aside their raw-worded disputes with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday long enough to pledge international cooperation on cutting climate-wrecking coal and petroleum emissions in a livestreamed summit showcasing America's return to...