‘Science fiction’: Kamala Harris’ first campaign speech full of misleading climate change claims

Politics 01/28/19, 11:17

California Senator Kamala Harris, who’s running for president in 2020, claimed that global warming was behind devastating natural disasters Americans see every year, including wildfires and hurricanes. “Let’s speak truth — climate change is real and it is happening now,” Harris said at her first presidential rally in Oakland, California, Sunday. “Everybody ...

Climate fight: Germany sets 2038 deadline to end coal use

Europe 01/27/19, 08:45

In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change.The Coal Commission reached a deal early Saturday following months of wrangling that were closely watched by other coal-dependent countries."We ...

German expert panel agrees 2038 deadline to end coal use

Europe 01/26/19, 02:57

A government-appointed panel is recommending that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change.The so-called Coal Commission reached agreement in the early hours of Saturday, following months of wrangling that were closely watched by other coal-dependent countries.Germany gets ...

Global leaders call for action on climate change

Europe 01/25/19, 07:21

World Bank chief Kristalina Georgieva urged the global elites to take a simple step to understand the urgency of combating climate change: "Get the picture of your children, your grandchildren in front of you."Speaking on the last day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Georgieva warned that the ...

Explains: How Germany hopes to quit using coal

Europe 01/25/19, 03:04

Germany wants to stop using coal, a major source of the carbon emissions that drive climate change. But finding the least disruptive way to get there has been a challenge.A big question is not only when the last mines and power plants will close down, but how quitting coal can ...

Eyeing 2020, Jay Inslee pitches himself as climate candidate

Politics 01/24/19, 10:48

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee introduced himself by first name to one college student after another this week as he toured the state that's home to the nation's first presidential primary. Then, still with a smile, he told them that humanity is under existential threat because of climate change. "We are the ...

Swedish teen takes climate activism to jet-setters in Davos

Europe 01/23/19, 16:11

There aren't many people who spend 32 hours on a train to get to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos and plan to sleep in a tent.Someone who did is 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who received clearance to miss her classes in Stockholm to ...

Education, climate change, health care on lawmakers’ agenda

Health 01/22/19, 17:22

The Oregon Legislature convened Tuesday for the 2019 session, aiming to improve the state's lagging public schools — and find the revenue to accomplish that, address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and promote access to health care and housing.Democrats who control both the Senate and the House of ...

Students in Germany, Switzerland protest climate change

Europe 01/18/19, 05:19

Thousands of students are holding rallies across Germany and Switzerland to protest lack of action against climate change.The demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities Friday were inspired by a Swedish student's weekly "school strike."In Berlin, protesters focused on an upcoming political decision on when to end the use of ...

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

California 01/15/19, 01:29

The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they're owed and rethink California's ...

Forest fire insurance costs soar

Enviroment 01/08/19, 16:32

The California wildfire that devastated the small town of Paradise in November was the costliest natural disaster in 2018, with Munich Re reinsurer saying climate change was making fires more common

Pelosi taps Florida Democrat to lead climate change panel

U.S. 12/28/18, 13:39

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday appointed Florida Rep. Kathy Castor to lead a special committee on climate change that will be reinstated in the new Congress. Pelosi, the likely House speaker, said Castor brings experience, energy and "urgency to the existential threat of the climate crisis" facing the United ...

Draft agreement emerges at UN climate talks, pitfalls remain

World 12/14/18, 03:43

Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks.Ministers and senior officials from almost 200 countries were due to hold further meetings Friday before convening in plenary in the afternoon to address remaining differences.Among ...

Texas report says ‘changing climate’ intensifying disasters

Texas 12/13/18, 14:04

Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep.But the report makes no mention of ...

Update: Vulnerable nations want action at climate talks

World 12/13/18, 08:02

The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):1:55 p.m.Vulnerable countries are warning against a "mediocre" outcome at the U.N. climate talks in Poland.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, talks to U.N. climate conference president, Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka, left, after flying ...

Update: UN Secretary-General returns to climate talks

Europe 12/12/18, 04:35

The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local):10:25 a.m.U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has flown back to Poland in an effort to support struggling talks on ways of fighting climate change.Guterres was expected to make a statement Wednesday during the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, ...

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