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Australian prime minister concedes election defeat

May. 21, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister has conceded defeat after an election that could deliver a minority government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison acted quickly after Saturday's election despite millions of votes yet to be counted because an Australian prime...

New England schools eligible to apply for green bus funding

May. 20, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — School districts across New England are now eligible to apply for a portion of $500 million toward the purchase of zero-emissions school buses, which benefit the environment and children's health, officials said Friday. “These funds will make a real and lasting...

Farmer sues VW over climate change; German court has doubts

May. 20, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany cast doubt Friday on claims by a German farmer that automaker Volkswagen is partly responsible for the impact that global warming is having on his family business. The plaintiff, Ulf Allhoff-Cramer, claims drier soil and heavier rains due to climate...

Hawaii bill promotes zero-emission travel between islands

May. 19, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers this year passed legislation creating a working group to develop ways to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions on transportation between the islands. Sen. Chris Lee said at a news conference on Thursday that Hawaii has some of the highest...

New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm'

May. 19, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government said Thursday it will hand out an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million lower-income adults to help them navigate what it describes as “the peak of the global inflation storm.” The payments are part of a...

UN floats plan to boost renewables as climate worries mount

May. 18, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations chief on Wednesday launched a five-point plan to jump-start broader use of renewable energies, hoping to revive world attention on climate change as the U.N.’s weather agency said greenhouse gas concentrations, ocean heat, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification...

Global pollution kills 9 million people a year, study finds

May. 17, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000. That increase is offset by fewer pollution deaths from primitive indoor stoves and water contaminated with...

Schools, offices close in Tehran as sandstorm hits Iran

May. 17, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Schools and government offices closed in the Iranian capital on Tuesday and elsewhere in the country after yet another sandstorm blanketed Tehran, state TV reported. The report said the air quality was very poor and that the pollution from the dust was high. It...

Duke Energy offers CO2 cut options for NC by 2030, '32, '34

May. 16, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp.'s electricity-generating subsidiaries for North Carolina told regulators on Monday how they can comply with a new state law demanding significant greenhouse gas reductions by the end of the decade. The document filings with the North Carolina...

In US, states struggle to replace fossil fuel tax revenue

May. 16, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Government budgets are booming in New Mexico: Teacher salaries are up, residents can go to an in-state college tuition-free, moms will get medical care for a year after childbirth, and criminal justice initiatives are being funded to reduce urban violence. The...