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UN maritime tribunal says countries are legally required to reduce greenhouse gas pollution

May. 21, 2024 09:57 AM EDT

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — A U.N. tribunal on maritime law said Tuesday that countries are legally required to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, a victory for small island nations that are on the front lines of climate change. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea found...

US proposes ending new federal leases in nation's biggest coal region

May. 16, 2024 19:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday proposed an end to new coal leasing from federal reserves in the most productive coal mining region in the U.S. as officials seek to limit climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions from burning the fuel. The Bureau of Land...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 15, 2024 13:37 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 10, 2024. Editorial: ‘Longer we wait, the more people will die’ Legislature should seize the opportunity to pass legislation to help those whose lives have been upended by the opioid epidemic. Serving as the jail...

Salad chain says a cleaner farming method will offset adding steak to its menu. What is it?

May. 09, 2024 17:51 PM EDT

Salad chain Sweetgreen is adding steak to its menu, an announcement that led to strong reactions online, with customers questioning how that would impact the company’s carbon neutral plans. Founded in 2007 and known as a fast-casual spot serving salads and bowls, Sweetgreen says...

More and faster: Electricity from clean sources reaches 30% of global total

May. 08, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

Billions of people are using different kinds of energy each day and 2023 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy sources — ones that don't emit planet-warming pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane — according to a report published Wednesday by Ember, a think tank based in London. ...

They study next to one of Africa's largest trash dumps. They're planting bamboo to try to cope

May. 05, 2024 00:24 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Armed with gardening hoes while others cradled bamboo seedlings, students gathered outside their school in Kenya's capital. They hoped the fully grown bamboo would help to filter filthy air from one of Africa's largest trash dumps next door. More than 100...

The UK government acted unlawfully in approving a climate plan, a High Court judge has ruled

May. 03, 2024 08:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A High Court judge ruled Friday that the U.K. government acted unlawfully when it approved a plan to meet climate targets without evidence that it could be delivered. It was the second time in two years that the government's main climate action plan was found to be...

5 takeaways from the global negotiations on a treaty to end plastic pollution

Apr. 30, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Nations finished a round of negotiations early Tuesday on a treaty to end plastic pollution and made more progress than they have in three prior meetings. Coming into Ottawa, many feared the effort would stall to craft the first legally binding treaty on...

Biden administration details how producers of sustainable aviation fuel will get tax credits

Apr. 30, 2024 18:41 PM EDT

The Biden administration spelled out guidelines Tuesday for tax breaks designed to boost production of sustainable aviation fuel and help curb fast-growing emissions from commercial airplanes. The Treasury Department actions would clear the way for tax credits for corn-based ethanol...

At plastics treaty talks in Canada, sharp disagreements on whether to limit plastic production

Apr. 30, 2024 07:52 AM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Nations made progress on a treaty to end plastic pollution, finishing the latest round of negotiations in Canada early Tuesday amid sharp disagreements about whether to put global limits on plastic production. For the first time in the process, negotiators...