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European airports launch plan for net zero carbon emissions

Jun. 26, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — The head of an organization representing airports in 45 European countries says it aims to get airports to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Airport Council International Europe President Michael Kerkloh told a meeting of 300 aviation officials that Wednesday's launch of...

French govt slammed over pollution, slow climate response

Jun. 26, 2019 3:37 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as a global climate crusader but even a watchdog that he created says his government is lagging on its promises to the planet. The High Council for the Climate issued its first report Tuesday night on the French government's climate policy, saying...

In Oregon, stark rural-urban divide fuels climate dispute

Jun. 26, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal, urban population centers and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Eleven Republican...

Pence says new satellites will boost storm surge warnings

Jun. 25, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the National Hurricane Center will improve its storm surge warnings this season thanks to three new satellites. After touring the center in Miami on Tuesday, Pence also said that for the first time the center will send timely storm surge warnings to Puerto Rico,...

Senate president: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

Jun. 25, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and exacerbated tensions between urban and rural areas. All 11 Republican senators extended their...

UN votes to establish political mission in Haiti

Jun. 25, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday establishing a political mission in Haiti starting Oct. 16 that will officially replace all U.N. peacekeeping activities in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. The vote on the U.S.-drafted resolution was 13-0, with Haiti's...

Smoke from US wildfires boosting health risk for millions

Jun. 25, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities...

UN expert: Millions face dire poverty from climate change

Jun. 25, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A United Nations expert on poverty says hundreds of millions of people around the world face hunger, displacement, disease and death because of climate change. In a report released Tuesday, the U.N.'s independent expert on extreme poverty and human rights said current measures to cope with...

Calls increase for Democrats to face climate change in Miami

Jun. 25, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Rising sea levels could threaten the very existence of Miami and much of the rest of South Florida, and Democrats are facing calls to confront climate change squarely during this week's presidential debates in the low-lying city. The City of Miami has a $400 million bond program to finance...

'Green New Deal' in Seattle? City Council makes pledge

Jun. 25, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — All nine Seattle City Council members have vowed to pursue a "Green New Deal" that a community and environmental groups are pushing for. The Seattle Times reports the council members signed a support letter Monday but haven't worked out particular policies. The local Green New Deal campaign...