Scientists: July was hottest month on record

World 08/15/19, 17:26

U.S. government scientists on Aug. 15 confirmed that July was the hottest month on record, edging out the previous record-holder, July 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the global average temperature last month was 62.1 degrees. That is 0.05 degree higher than July 2016, and 1.7 degrees higher ...

AP FACT CHECK: Off notes from Dems on climate, economy

Politics 07/30/19, 22:16

Democratic presidential contenders struck off notes on the science of global warming and the state of the economy in their Detroit debate Tuesday night. As much as scientists see the need for action on climate change, they don't lay out a looming point of no return, as Pete Buttigieg and Beto ...

Senate president: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

U.S. 06/25/19, 14:54

The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and left other key issues such as the state budget in limbo. The disclosure prompted young climate activists in the Senate ...

Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout

U.S. 06/21/19, 23:12

The Oregon Capitol will be closed Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on. Republican state senators fled the Legislature — and some, the state — earlier this week to deny the majority Democrats enough votes ...

Oregon senators face $500 fines for fleeing, threaten to sue

U.S. 06/21/19, 16:18

Republican state senators in Oregon continued to engage in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers, saying they are prepared to sue if the Senate president goes through with a threat to impose a $500 fine for each day they delay a vote on a landmark climate plan. "We ...

Trump EPA rolls back Obama rule on coal-fired power plants

Politics 06/19/19, 10:09

The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, signed a replacement rule that ...

Progressive climate policy poised to pass in Oregon

U.S. 06/16/19, 23:36

Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming.Supporters call it the United States' most progressive climate policy, saying it not only cuts emissions but invests in transitioning the state ...

Ocasio-Cortez: Serious climate plan to cost at least $10T

Politics 06/05/19, 15:59

Any plan to adequately address climate change would likely cost at least $10 trillion, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday as she responded to a flurry of climate proposals from Democratic presidential candidates. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Ocasio-Cortez for the first time offered a price tag for efforts to ...

Climate change debate in the focus at Exxon’s annual meeting

Business 05/29/19, 15:23

Activist shareholders used Exxon Mobil's annual meeting to renew their accusations that the company is failing to confront a future that may include stricter regulations to limit climate change caused by burning fossil fuels.A representative of the Church of England's endowment fund said Wednesday that Exxon has moved more slowly ...

International Energy Agency: nuclear needed for climate goal

Europe 05/28/19, 09:51

The International Energy Agency says the premature closure of nuclear power plants and failure to build new ones could make it harder to meet global targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.The Paris-based agency said Tuesday that "lack of further lifetime extensions of existing nuclear plants and new projects could result ...

Teen activist Thunberg urges leaders to admit climate crisis

Science 05/28/19, 06:35

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is urging world leaders to acknowledge that global warming "is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced."Thunberg told political and business leaders at a conference in Austria on Tuesday that it's their job to inform the public about the seriousness of the situation and the ...

Green parties’ gains could boost climate action in Europe

World 05/27/19, 16:10

Green parties' surprisingly strong showing in elections for the 751-seat European Parliament raised hopes — particularly among young voters — that global warming and other environmental issues will get more serious consideration on the continent.Provisional results Monday showed the left-leaning Greens coming in fourth in the balloting with 69 seats, ...

EU elections: Gutted center, high turnout, rising right

World 05/27/19, 11:47

The European Union prides itself on being a brilliant mosaic of nations, but its parliamentary elections produced a hodgepodge of sometimes contradictory results that complicates the future of both the 28-country EU and the domestic politics of several members.While issues like climate change, immigration and global trade dominated the campaign, ...

Greens triumph as German governing parties perform poorly

Europe 05/26/19, 13:48

Germany's governing parties were headed for their worst post-World War II showing in a nationwide election on Sunday amid discontent with their stuttering performance over the past year, with the Greens surging to second place in the European Parliament vote amid increasing concern about climate change.Projections for ARD and ZDF ...

Climate activists call for action in Latin America

Enviroment 05/24/19, 13:58

Climate change activists in Latin America rallied for action on global warming Friday, heeding a call by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to hold demonstrations across the world.In Rio de Janeiro, a small group of students gathered outside the state legislature to deliver a letter dated from the future in which ...

Lake Tahoe’s famed water gets clearer after all-time low

Science 05/24/19, 13:43

The clarity of Lake Tahoe's cobalt blue water improved last year from its worst level in a half-century after weather and runoff returned to more normal conditions at the alpine lake straddling the California-Nevada line.A dinner plate-sized disc used to measure clarity was visible at an average depth of 70.9 ...

Climate protesters turn out as Europe votes on parliament

Europe 05/24/19, 07:32

Protesters are holding rallies in several European Union countries to demand tougher action against global warming, as the 28-nation bloc votes to fill the European Parliament.Thousands attended a rally Friday in Berlin, where mostly young people waved banners with slogans such as "There is no planet B" or "Plant trees, ...

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