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Colorado hunter banned from 48 states after poaching spree

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A hunter from Colorado Springs has been permanently banned from hunting in 48 states, including Colorado, after he pleaded...

Energy-related emissions up in December despite pandemic

BERLIN (AP) — Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose slightly in December compared with the same month of 2019, indicating the sharp drop seen...

MS patient sues Austria over health impact of climate change

BERLIN (AP) — A man in Austria with a temperature-dependent form of multiple sclerosis is taking his government to court in an effort to...

Goodbye gas: Volvo to make only electric vehicles by 2030

Volvo says it will make only electric vehicles by 2030. But if you want one, you'll have to buy it online. ...

New WTO chief pushes for vaccine access, fisheries deal

GENEVA (AP) — The new head of the World Trade Organization called Monday for a “technology transfer” when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines and...

Western snowy plover restrictions take effect at Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Annual restrictions to protect western snowy plover nests went into effect Monday on three beaches at Vandenberg...

Endangered right whale found dead off S. Carolina beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A critically endangered North Atlantic Right whale was found dead over the weekend off the coast of South Carolina,...

Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from...

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative...

Mexico may reduce protection area for endangered porpoise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Saturday it is considering reducing the protection area for the vaquita marina in the upper Gulf...

Airline CEOs, Biden officials consider green-fuel breaks

Chief executives of the nation's largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes...

White House climate czar to AP: Texas storm ‘a wake-up call’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly winter storm that caused widespread power outages in Texas and other states is a “wake-up call” for the United...

Pythons, iguanas: Florida restricts some exotic reptiles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards, oh my! Florida is moving to restrict 16 invasive reptile species that have wreaked havoc...

Agency permanently bans fracking near Delaware River

A regulatory agency that’s responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in four Northeastern states voted Thursday to permanently ban...

UN: Carbon-cutting pledges by countries nowhere near enough

The newest pledges by countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions are falling far short of what's needed to limit global warming to what the...

Water near Arizona Air Force base is tainted in latest case

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says it will be distributing bottled water to thousands of residents and business owners near its base...

Wisconsin hunters exceed wolf target by nearly 100 animals

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin hunters and trappers killed nearly double the number of wolves that the state allotted for a weeklong season, and...

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26%...

New Mexico goes to court over slow cleanup at US nuclear lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is going after the federal government for failing to make progress on cleaning up contamination left behind by...

Trash fills Bosnia river faster than workers can pull it out

VISEGRAD, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Environmental activists in Bosnia are warning that tons of garbage floating down the Balkan country’s rivers are endangering the local...

Manchin says he’ll vote for Haaland for interior secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Wednesday that he will vote for New...

Hunters and trappers blow past Wisconsin’s wolf kill target

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters and trappers blew past Wisconsin's wolf kill target in less than 72 hours, forcing a premature end to a...

Incomplete polar bear survey halts Alaska oil search bid

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native corporation that was hoping to receive a federal permit to look for oil in the Arctic National...

More policy, less pomp as Biden and Trudeau meet virtually

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s first bilateral meeting with Canada’s Justin Trudeau since taking office was high on policy, low on pomp and...

EPA removing sunken, leaking boat from Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A crew for a private contractor hired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began removing an abandoned boat...

UK’s leader warns climate change threatens world security

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned world leaders Tuesday that climate change is a threat to security of all nations...

Interior nominee Haaland questioned on drilling, pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Interior Department faced sharp questions from Republicans Tuesday over what several called her...

In Israel, mayo provides miracle for endangered turtles

MICHMORET, Israel (AP) — When it comes to saving sea turtles, Israeli rescuers have discovered that mayonnaise is a miracle. ...

Interior nominee Haaland vows ‘balance’ on energy, climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas will continue to play a major role in America for years to come, even as the Biden...

EPA changes stand, sides with ethanol industry in court case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government announced Monday that it will support the ethanol industry in a lawsuit over biofuel waivers granted...

Rules planned to save right whales loom over lobster fishers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's lobster fishery is getting close to the date when it will have to contend with new rules designed to...

2 giraffes in Kenya park electrocuted by power lines

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s wildlife agency says two giraffes were electrocuted on Sunday when they walked into low-lying electric power transmission lines that...

Cyprus activists: Hunters’ lead pellets threaten flamingos

LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) — Conservationists in Cyprus are urging authorities to expand a hunting ban throughout a coastal salt lake network amid concerns that...

Tribes have high hopes as Haaland confirmation hearing nears

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland stood with fellow tribal members protesting an oil pipeline outside a reservation in North Dakota, advocated for protecting...

Biden declares major disaster in Texas as federal aid flows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Mother Nature to the pile of crises on President Joe Biden's plate. ...

Back in Paris pact, US faces tougher climate steps ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders welcomed the United States' official return to the Paris climate accord Friday, but politically trickier steps lie just ahead...

1st clone of US endangered species, a ferret, announced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died...

G-7 vows ‘equitable’ world vaccine access, but details scant

LONDON (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven economic powers promised Friday to immunize the world’s neediest people against the coronavirus by giving...

Honda taps tech expert as chief to steer in ecological times

TOKYO (AP) — Toshihiro Mibe, a research expert tapped to be president of Japanese automaker Honda on Friday, promised to steer the company toward...

UN: Huge changes in society needed to keep nature, Earth OK

Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes...

US needs to brace itself for more deadly storms, experts say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadly weather will be hitting the U.S. more often, and America needs to get better at dealing with it, experts said...

US needs to brace itself for more deadly storms, experts say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadly weather will be hitting the U.S. more often, and America had better get better at dealing with it, experts said...

California lawmakers propose ban on fracking by 2027

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in...

Ford to go all electric in Europe by 2030

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ford is vowing to convert its entire passenger vehicle lineup in Europe to electric power by 2030 in just the...

EXPLAINER: Topsy-turvy weather comes from polar vortex

It’s as if the world has been turned upside-down, or at least its weather. You can blame the increasingly familiar polar vortex, which has...

Some dinosaur migration was delayed by climate, study shows

Plant-eating dinosaurs probably arrived in the Northern Hemisphere millions of years after their meat-eating cousins, a delay likely caused by climate change, a new...

The Latest: Biden says Milwaukee is ‘cold as the devil’

The Latest on winter weather across the U.S. (all times local): ...

American university hopes to fill higher-ed gap in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — From afar, the sprawling complex of the newly inaugurated American University in Baghdad appears like a floating mirage. ...

American university hopes to fill higher-ed gap in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — From afar, the sprawling complex of the newly inaugurated American University in Baghdad appears like a floating mirage. ...

South Africa reopens its land borders as virus cases decline

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South...

South Carolina considers breaking up public health agency

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's public health workers have been tasked with keeping the state safe for 143 years, ever since lawmakers created...

GM’s Chevy Bolt SUV joins parade of new US electric vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Whether people want them or not, automakers are rolling out new electric vehicle models as the industry responds to stricter pollution...

Interior postpones March oil leases onshore and offshore

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Interior Department said Friday that it is postponing onshore and offshore oil lease sales planned for next month in...

Congo’s Virunga Park announces year’s 1st gorilla birth

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo’s Virunga National Park has announced the birth of a male gorilla, the first baby this year for the park...

Court: Nigerian farmers can sue Shell in UK over pollution

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that a group of Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue Royal Dutch Shell PLC in English...

Judge: Trump’s lifting of mining ban in US West was wrong

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday overturned a Trump administration action that allowed mining and other development on 10 million acres...

Autoworkers face uncertain future in an era of electric cars

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — When General Motors boldly announced its goal last month to make only battery-powered vehicles by 2035, it didn't just break...

Biden hopes infrastructure can bridge partisan divide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hoping that launching an effort to build roads and bridges can help to unite Democrats and Republicans...

United: Small electric air taxis will zip people to airports

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines said Wednesday it will buy up to 200 small electric air taxis to help customers in urban areas get...

Greener pastures: Shell plans steady drop in oil business

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell, one of the multinationals that has defined the oil industry, is slowly turning away from the fossil fuel...

Autoworkers face uncertain future in an era of electric cars

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — When General Motors boldly announced its goal last month to make only battery-powered vehicles by 2035, it didn't just mark...

Toyota to add electric, plug-in hybrid vehicles next year

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota says it will roll out two new battery-electric vehicles and one plug-in gas-electric hybrid in the U.S. this year as...

EU lawmakers OK $815 billion recovery program

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Wednesday approved a 672.5 billion euro ($815 billion) recovery package of loans and grants to help member...

Coverage of virus, racial reckoning win DuPont awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, the police killing of George Floyd, climate change and other issues — from Syria's civil...

Himalayan glacier disaster highlights climate change risks

NEW DELHI (AP) — When Ravi Chopra saw the devastating deluge of water and debris crash downstream from a Himalayan glacier on Sunday, his...

Dem Sen. Manchin asks Biden to reverse Keystone XL rejection

WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of his first acts as new chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Tuesday urged...

California rail officials want to tap remaining bond funds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials in charge of California’s slow-going high-speed rail project want to tap $4.1 billion in bond money to finish ongoing...

Deer native to India starve to death amid drought in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Axis deer, a species native to India presented as a gift from Hong Kong to the king of Hawaii in 1868,...

Plume of Sahara dust caused spike in European air pollution

BERLIN (AP) — A plume of Sahara dust that has blanketed parts of southern and central Europe in recent days caused a short, sharp...

Fear and love surround Escobar’s hippos thriving in Colombia

PUERTO TRIUNFO, Colombia (AP) — Tucked between mountain ranges, the sprawling palace of Pablo Escobar was home to kangaroos, giraffes, elephants and other exotic...

Nothing to sneeze at: Global warming triggers earlier pollen

When Dr. Stanley Fineman started as an allergist in Atlanta, he told patients they should start taking their medications and prepare for the drippy,...

Rescuers in India digging for 37 trapped in glacier flood

RUDRAPRAYAG, India (AP) — Rescuers in northern India worked Monday to rescue more than three dozen power plant workers trapped in a tunnel after...

EXPLAINER: How glaciers can burst and send floods downstream

The floods that slammed into two hydroelectric plants and damaged villages in northern India were set off by a break on a Himalayan glacier...

140 are missing after glacier breaks in India’s Himalayas

RISHIKESH, India (AP) — Indian rescue crews struggled to reach trapped victims Sunday after part of a glacier in the Himalayas broke off and...

Top diplomats of US, UK, France, Germany hold virtual talks

LONDON (AP) — The top diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the United States met Friday for the first time in almost three years...

UN chief reappoints billionaire Bloomberg as climate envoy

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations says American billionaire Michael Bloomberg has been reappointed as a special envoy to engage governments and businesses in...

Biden delays Trump rule that weakened wild bird protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday it was delaying a rule finalized in former President Donald Trump's last days in office...

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez seek ‘climate emergency’ declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Democrats in charge of Congress and the White House, progressive lawmakers including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are...

Judge orders US officials to weigh coal mine’s climate costs

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge says U.S officials downplayed climate change impacts and other environmental costs from the expansion of a massive coal...

Mexico vows to press ahead to favor state-owned utility

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico vowed Thursday to continue with attempts to limit private power generation after the Supreme Court ruled against President Andrés...

Under the sea, humans have changed ocean sounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not only are humans changing the surface and temperature of the planet, but also its sounds – and those shifts are...

Biden EPA nominee vows ‘sense of urgency’ on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency pledged Wednesday to “move with a sense of urgency on climate...

South Africa seizes rhino horns to be smuggled to Malaysia

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African customs officials have seized more than $3.5 million worth of rhino horns at the O.R Tambo International Airport in...

Pledge drive urges funding racially diverse climate efforts

DETROIT (AP) — Ashindi Maxton was distraught as she toured neighborhoods in Detroit’s 48217 ZIP code and met residents who live in one of...

New pair of wolves spotted in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A male wolf collared by Oregon wildlife officials last year has been spotted in Northern California with another wolf, likely...

Daimler to spin off trucks, change name to Mercedes-Benz

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Daimler will split itself into two independent companies by spinning off its truck and bus division, a move...

Court rules France failed to respect its climate change goal

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court on Wednesday ruled that the French state failed to take sufficient action to fight climate change in a...

Germany says it beat 2020 goal to cut greenhouse emissions

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's economy minister says the country beat its target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% last year compared to 1990...

The Latest: S Korea curbing travel, gatherings for holiday

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials are moving to limit travel and gatherings during next week’s Lunar New Year’s holidays by allowing train...

Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg won Senate approval Tuesday as transportation secretary, the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a Cabinet post....

Hit by pandemic, oil giants Exxon, BP post huge 2020 losses

DALLAS (AP) — Oil giants Exxon and BP reported staggering losses for 2020 on Tuesday as the pandemic crushed energy demand and undercut oil...

Agriculture secretary nominee Vilsack endorses biofuels push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Vilsack, President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of agriculture, pledged Tuesday to focus on climate change initiatives and work to...

Study: Pandemic’s cleaner air added heat to warming planet

Earth spiked a bit of a fever in 2020, partly because of cleaner air from the pandemic lockdown, a new study found. ...

UK report urges need for nature to be at heart of economics

LONDON (AP) — A report commissioned by the British government is urging a radical transformation in the way that countries around the world assess...

South Africa’s virus lockdown helps reduce rhino poaching

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The number of rhinos killed in South Africa’s national parks dropped by 33% last year, with COVID-19 restrictions helping by reducing...

Buoyed by Keystone XL, pipeline opponents want Biden to act

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After President Joe Biden revoked Keystone XL’s presidential permit and shut down construction of the long-disputed pipeline that was to carry...

Fighting climate change in America means changes to America

Climate isn’t the only thing changing. ...

China’s first Hualong One nuclear reactor begins operations

BEIJING (AP) — China National Nuclear Corp. said its first nuclear power unit that uses Hualong One, a third-generation nuclear reactor, started commercial operations...

Judge blocks Trump rule to limit health studies in EPA regs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a last-minute rule issued by the Trump administration to limit what evidence the Environmental Protection Agency...

Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's environmental agency said Friday it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a...

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