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Thunberg accuses leaders of 'creative PR' at climate talks

Dec. 11, 2019 8:46 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Activist Greta Thunberg accused governments and businesses of misleading the public by holding climate talks that are not achieving real action against what she called the world's “climate emergency.” In a speech peppered with scientific facts about global warming, the Swedish...

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time 'person of the year'

Dec. 11, 2019 8:45 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time’s youngest “person of the year” on Wednesday. Thunberg, 16, has become the face of the youth climate movement, drawing large crowds with her appearances at protests and conferences over the past year and a...

EU to offer billions to help poorer EU nations cut emissions

Dec. 11, 2019 8:08 AM EST

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to put up 100 billion euros ($130 billion) to help EU nations that still heavily rely on fossil fuels to transition to lower emissions. Von der Leyen, who took office this month at the helm of the European Union's powerful executive arm, has made the fight...

Bloomberg tells UN climate talks: You can count on the US

Dec. 10, 2019 3:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — New York billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg led a high-powered charge against President Donald Trump's climate policies Tuesday, assuring activists, scientists and politicians from around the world that Americans are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions...

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a "brat"

Dec. 10, 2019 1:40 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16,...

2020 newcomer Bloomberg stepping onto international stage

Dec. 9, 2019 5:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg launched his campaign less than three weeks ago, but he is already making his first foreign trip as a presidential candidate. The Democrat will appear Tuesday at a United Nations global climate conference in Madrid, where he'll share the results of his...

Big investors up call for governments to take climate action

Dec. 9, 2019 3:02 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than 600 institutional investors managing a whopping $37 trillion in client assets called Monday for governments to step up their efforts against climate change. The investors, including banks, pension funds and insurance companies, directed their message to countries participating in...

French activists use Macron portraits to urge climate action

Dec. 8, 2019 6:22 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French environmental activists brandished stolen portraits of President Emmanuel Macron at a protest Sunday near the Eiffel Tower to try to push the government to do more to fight climate change. The protest is part of an unusual climate movement that has taken root around France this year, in...

Minister: Brazil can't stop deforestation without help

Dec. 8, 2019 5:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Brazil can’t stop deforestation in the Amazon without the help of rich countries, the country’s environment minister said at the United Nations' two-week climate change conference. Ricardo Salles, who declined to set a target for limiting deforestation in the coming year, said...

Gunmen target Brazil indigenous people, killing two

Dec. 7, 2019 7:05 PM EST

Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Gunmen opened fire Saturday on a group of indigenous people in Brazil's Maranhao state, killing two, according to the state's public security secretariat. The attack on members of the Guajajara group, known for its forest guardians who protect their territory against illegal...