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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop pumping additional carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas, into the atmosphere by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020,  to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and was immediately cheered by climate campaigners. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil, File)

China, top global emitter, aims to go carbon-neutral by 2060

Sep. 22, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Calling for a “green...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas talks during a news conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Balderas says the state's natural resources are plentiful but there have been missed opportunities to create prosperity because minority communities haven't been involved. He announced Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, that he's establishing a council to look into bolstering inclusion of communities of color for decisions about environmental protection and access to natural resources. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico council takes on resources, environmental equity

Sep. 22, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Tuesday announced the creation of a new council dedicated to finding ways to include minority communities in decisions about access to natural resources and environment protections. The Democrat said in an interview the state has...

Gov. Gavin Newsom talk to the media after he toured the North Complex Fire zone with California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot, left, and California Secretary for Environmental Protection Jared Blumenfeld in Butte County on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, outside of Oroville, Calif. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

Amid ashes, California governor fires away on climate change

Sep. 11, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Newsom offered some of his most impassioned comments on climate change, denouncing the “ideological BS” of those who deny the danger and vowing Friday to accelerate the state's already ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gases. Newsom spoke...

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holds a poster reading

'I Am Greta' gives fuller portrait of teen climate activist

Sep. 4, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

VENICE (AP) — A documentary on teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, making its premiere Friday at the Venice Film Festival, is seeking to remind a world consumed with the coronavirus crisis that the climate crisis is just as urgent and isn’t going away. Thunberg appeared by video conference from...

In this photo taken from a pre-recorded video streamed online and provided by Ministry of Environment Government of Japan, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the Online Platform Ministerial Meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The UN chief is urging Japan and other wealthy nations to give up reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. (Ministry of Environment Government of Japan via AP)

UN chief urges Japan, others to meet goals on climate change

Sep. 3, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

The United Nations chief urged Japan and other wealthy nations on Thursday to give up their reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the appeal in an address to an online climate...

Inslee endorses progressive in intraparty state senate race

Sep. 1, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has endorsed Ingrid Anderson, a progressive candidate challenging state Sen. Mark Mullet for his seat in November. Anderson narrowly beat Mullet in the top-two primary results in August. Mullet assumed office in 2012. Inslee said he endorsed Anderson, a Democrat,...

Lawsuit challenges Trump change to federal environmental law

Aug. 28, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined a coalition of 27 states, territories, cities and agencies in suing the Trump administration over what she said was an effort to gut a law requiring that federal agencies comprehensively assess the impact of their actions on the environment....

In this Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, photo New Hampshire Rep. Nancy Murphy, D-Merrimack, poses for a photo outside the Saint-Gobain plastics factory in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic

Aug. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

Thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press has found. The result: approval for less...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Analysis: Drive to beat Trump unites Democrats behind Biden

Aug. 21, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly everything in American life has changed in the 16 months between the launch of Joe Biden’s White House campaign and his address Thursday night as the Democratic presidential nominee. A pandemic has killed more than 170,000 Americans and remade work and school. A soaring...

Hawaii upholds moratorium on commercial aquarium fishing

Aug. 18, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Environmental Council has effectively extended a ban on commercial aquarium collection along the west coast of Hawaii Island. The state council on Thursday upheld a decision by the Board of Land and Natural Resources to reject an environmental impact statement for a proposal to...