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US climate pledge faces test in Senate with global impact

Nov. 23, 2021 18:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After talking the climate talk at U.N. negotiations in Scotland, the Biden administration now tests whether a divided United States can walk the climate walk: push a massive investment for a new era of clean energy through the narrowest of margins in the Senate. ...

Gabon is last bastion of endangered African forest elephants

Nov. 18, 2021 10:15 AM EST

PONGARA NATIONAL PARK, Gabon (AP) — Loss of habitat and poaching have made African forest elephants a critically endangered species. Yet the dense forests of sparsely populated Gabon in the Congo River Basin remain a “last stronghold” of the magnificent creatures, according to new...

Queen carries out in-person audience at Windsor Castle

Nov. 17, 2021 10:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II met with the British military’s chief of staff at Windsor Castle on Wednesday, the first time she was seen carrying out a face-to-face engagement since she missed the national Remembrance Sunday service due to a sprained back. The...

'Watered-down hope': Experts wanted more from climate pact

Nov. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — While world leaders and negotiators are hailing the Glasgow climate pact as a good compromise that keeps a key temperature limit alive, many scientists are wondering what planet these leaders are looking at. Crunching the numbers they see a...

Ice on the edge of survival: Warming is changing the Arctic

Nov. 15, 2021 16:39 PM EST

While conducting research in Greenland, ice scientist Twila Moon was struck this summer by what climate change has doomed Earth to lose and what could still be saved. The Arctic is warming three times faster than the rest of the planet and is on such a knife’s edge of...

Energy summit in UAE after COP26 stresses fossil fuel demand

Nov. 15, 2021 11:08 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Energy ministers from across the developing world gathered in the emirate of Abu Dhabi on Monday and stressed the need for continued investment in fossil fuel production — a message just days after these same nations joined around 200 countries in...

UK's Johnson: Climate deal sounds 'death knell' for coal

Nov. 14, 2021 15:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the U.N. climate summit as a “game-changing agreement” that sounded the “death knell for coal power” on Sunday -- although he added that his delight at the progress on fighting climate change was “tinged with...

UN climate boss: 'Good compromise' beats no deal on warming

Nov. 14, 2021 11:15 AM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It was no deal or a lump of coal at Glasgow climate talks and for Patricia Espinosa, the United Nations’ climate secretary, there was no choice. “No deal was the worst possible result there. Nobody wins,” Espinosa said in an interview with...

Pope to politicians: Be courageous, show vision on climate

Nov. 14, 2021 07:46 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday urged political and economic leaders to show courage and long-range vision, hours after U.N. led-climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, ended in compromise on how to combat global warming. Francis in remarks to the public in St....

Smog chokes Indian capital as air pollution levels soar

Nov. 14, 2021 03:59 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sky obscured by thick, gray smog. Monuments and high-rise buildings swallowed by a blanket of haze. People struggling to breathe. In the Indian capital, it is that time of the year again. The city’s air quality index fell into the...