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Young people lead global climate change protests

Sep. 20, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In Canberra and Kabul, Cape Town and Berlin, and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit. Many were children who skipped school to take part in the second "Global Climate Strike,"...

The Latest: Poland's president links clean forest to climate

Sep. 20, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Poland's president and first lady have helped remove trash from a forest as part of a day of global action against climate change. President Andrzej Duda said the forest cleanup was a...

German government nears deal on major climate policy package

Sep. 20, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government inched closer Friday to agreeing a new package of measures for tackling global warming, as protesters rallied in the capital to demand decisive action against climate change. German news agency dpa reported that the country's governing parties, who have been split over...

Scientists prepare for year-long expedition to Arctic center

Sep. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers from more than a dozen nations prepared Friday to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic — a yearlong journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change. The...

Life sciences company expands in Virginia

Sep. 20, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A life sciences company plans to spend $64 million to expand a bioanalytical lab in Virginia and create 200 new jobs. Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday Pharmaceutical Product Development considered several other states before picking Virginia. Northam approved awarding two grants worth...

Study focuses on bird species living in northeast Oklahoma

Sep. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

PICHER, Okla. (AP) — Birds are more than just winged messengers that can carry a tune or soar through the sky — bird species also can act as indicators of environmental health. The feathered creatures are useful in determining overall changes in environmental conditions and habitat quality. This is...

'Middle of the herd' no more: Amazon tackles climate change

Sep. 19, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online shopping giant Amazon revealed a carbon footprint Thursday that rivals that of a small country and vowed to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels. The company, which ships more than 10 billion items a year on fuel-guzzling planes and trucks, said it has...

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's shutdown is imminent

Sep. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The final shutdown of Three Mile Island, where 1979's terrifying partial meltdown became a landmark event in the life cycle of nuclear power in the United States, is imminent. Exelon Corp. officials said the plant will stop producing electricity around noon Friday, following through...

Caiman takes up residence in Michigan school biology pond

Sep. 19, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan school district is warning students and others to stay away from a biology pond after a caiman was spotted swimming in it. Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Carl Shultz sent an email to parents and staff Thursday telling them to avoid the pond on the...

California promises fight to keep auto emission authority

Sep. 19, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Preparing for a lengthy legal battle with the Trump administration about how much pollution to allow from cars, California regulators on Thursday said they were considering cracking down on other emissions to make up for any impacts on air quality. The Trump administration on...