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 ...

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, ...

Climate change is hot topic in the European Parliament vote

Europe 05/24/19, 01:43

Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald's restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blue skies above.The 49-year-old has lived on Langeoog for most of his life, and his wife's family has been there for generations, but ...

Amazon rejects facial recognition, climate change proposals

Tech 05/22/19, 16:14

Despite pressure from civil rights groups, activist investors and its own employees, Amazon said Wednesday that shareholders at an annual meeting in Seattle voted against proposals related to two major social issues: climate change and facial recognition technology.The two proposals on facial recognition had asked Amazon to stop selling its ...

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

2022 Campaign 05/20/19, 12:29

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His campaign's climate plan also would require utilities to offer ...

Heating up: Investors’ green targets go beyond just big oil

Business 05/15/19, 10:07

It's not just big oil and power companies that investors are pushing to do better on the environment. In the next few weeks, Amazon shareholders will vote on a proposal made by one of their own to push the company to describe how it's curbing its use of fossil fuels. In ...

UN leader travels to Pacific to see climate change firsthand

Science 05/15/19, 03:10

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that he's traveling to three South Pacific island nations to see the effects of climate change firsthand.Speaking in Fiji, the U.N. leader said he wanted to learn about the work being undertaken by island communities to bolster resilience. He said the Pacific needs stronger ...

Explains: Brazil’s environmental changes under Bolsonaro

America 05/14/19, 23:03

The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a United Nations climate change workshop to be held in the city of Salvador in August, reaffirming its lack of interest in participating in international efforts to fight global warming. This is not the first time the far-right Bolsonaro has made ...

Sanders urges political revolution, Green New Deal support

Politics 05/13/19, 20:32

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont called for a political revolution on Monday night as he and other speakers urged approval of the Green New Deal, a sweeping plan to address climate change. Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, called for an end to all tax breaks and subsidies ...

UN leader arrives in New Zealand on climate change trip

World 05/12/19, 05:28

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the political will to fight climate change seems to be fading at the same time as things are getting worse for those feeling the effects. Guterres made the comments after arriving in New Zealand, where he spoke to media alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ...

Mexico’s prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion

World 05/09/19, 23:10

Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that it may be the new normal.Mexico's Riviera ...

Ex-ministers condemn course of Brazil’s environmental policy

Enviroment 05/08/19, 18:24

Eight former Brazilian environment ministers are lashing out at far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, saying his administration is "wrecking" environmental protections.Gathered Wednesday at the University of Sao Paulo, the former officials issued a blistering statement on what they called the government's attacks on public policies that protect the ecosystem.They said the ...

Science Says: Why biodiversity matters to you

World 05/07/19, 09:30

You may go your entire life without seeing an endangered species, yet the globe's biodiversity crisis threatens all of humanity in numerous unseen or unrecognized ways, scientists say.A massive United Nations report this week warned that nature is in trouble, estimated 1 million species are threatened with extinction if nothing ...

How birdwatchers can help threatened bird populations

U.S. 05/07/19, 08:52

The types of birds coming through your neighborhood are probably changing, and so is the timing of their migrations. Birdwatchers noticing these differences are on the front line in figuring out how climate change and more severe weather events are putting stress on bird populations."Birders have to be much more ...

United Nations to offer first report on global biodiversity

Europe 05/05/19, 23:02

Top scientists will tell the world Monday how bad off Mother Nature is.The United Nations plans to issue its first comprehensive scientific report on biodiversity, looking hard at the threat of extinction for Earth's plant and animal species and what it means for humanity.Report Chairman Robert Watson said last month ...

China, climate, Russia to dominate Pompeo Europe tour

Politics 05/05/19, 14:00

The Trump administration is energizing its campaign to counter China's growing global influence as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe this week on a four-nation trip that will also highlight disputes with Russia over Venezuela and elsewhere as well as deep U.S. isolation on the cause and impact ...

Presidential hopeful Inslee wants 100% clean energy by 2030

2022 Campaign 05/03/19, 07:36

Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee, as part of his pledge to make combating climate change the top national priority, is calling for the nation's entire electrical grid and all new vehicles and buildings to be carbon pollution free by 2030. It's the first major policy proposal from the Washington governor as ...

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