Latest Climate change News

EPA completes rule to phase out gases used as refrigerants

Sep. 23, 2021 05:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what officials call a key step to combat climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is sharply limiting domestic production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. ...

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

Sep. 23, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday’s general election. ...

Climate change tops agenda as Iceland heads to elections

Sep. 23, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK , Iceland (AP) — Climate change is top of the agenda when voters in Iceland head to the polls for general elections on Saturday, following an exceptionally warm summer and an election campaign defined by a wide-reaching debate on global warming. All nine...

Floods, books & kids: Highlights of German election campaign

Sep. 23, 2021 02:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germans go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament and produce a new German leader after 16 years of having Angela Merkel at the helm. Merkel decided not to run for a fifth term and the election campaign has largely focused on the three candidates hoping to succeed...

Vaccine inequity comes into stark focus during UN gathering

Sep. 23, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will come into sharper focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots step to the podium to speak at the U.N.'s annual meeting of world leaders. Already,...

'Grow up': UK's Johnson says world must face climate change

Sep. 22, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday night that humanity has to “grow up” and tackle climate change, saying humans must stop trashing the planet like a teenager on a bender. Johnson is due to host a major United...

The Latest: Ethnic tensions threaten Bosnia's integrity

Sep. 22, 2021 12:27 PM EDT

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly: ___ The chair of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s presidency called upon the United Nations to uphold its commitment to human rights, citing ethnic inequality within his own country. Željko...

UN health agency sets higher, tougher bar for air quality

Sep. 22, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The harmful health effects of air pollution kick in at lower levels than previously thought, the World Health Organization said Wednesday as it set a new standard for policymakers and the public in the first update of its air quality guidelines in 15 years. ...

European Central Bank climate report: Early action is better

Sep. 22, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank's first climate stress test shows higher risks of loan defaults for banks in fire-plagued southern Europe and argues that an earlier and orderly shift to greener energy may have costs — but pay off for the economy over the long run. ...

'The future is raising its voice': A dire mood at UN meeting

Sep. 22, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Racism, climate change and worsening divisions among nations and cultures topped the agenda Wednesday as leaders from China to Costa Rica, from Finland to Turkey to the United Nations itself outlined reasons why the world isn't working as it should — and what must be...