Energy and the environment

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a press statement on the European Green Deal at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. In her bid to lead the EU toward climate neutrality, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen wants to put up 100 billion euros (dollars 130 billion U.S.) to help member countries that still heavily rely on fossil fuels transition to lower emissions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 11, 2019 - 2:03 pm
To get everyone on board with her plan to combat global warming, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants to put up 100 billion euros ($130 billion) to help EU nations that still heavily rely on fossil fuels transition to lower emissions. Von der Leyen, who took office this month at...
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Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg attends a sustainable finance panel at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
December 10, 2019 - 3:18 pm
MADRID (AP) — New York billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg led a high-powered charge against President Donald Trump's climate policies Tuesday, assuring activists, scientists and politicians from around the world that Americans are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions...
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December 09, 2019 - 3:01 am
MADRID (AP) — More than 600 institutional investors managing a whopping $37 trillion in client assets called Monday for governments to step up their efforts against climate change. The investors, including banks, pension funds and insurance companies, directed their message to countries...
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In this Nov. 27, 2019, photo, Georgia Tech professor Kim Cobb poses for a photo at her home in Atlanta. Some climate scientists and activists, including Cobb, are limiting their flying, their consumption of meat and their overall carbon footprints to avoid adding to the global warming they study. (AP Photo/John Amis)
December 08, 2019 - 3:01 pm
For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral. Add to that flights to Paris, Rome, Vancouver and...
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A hundred activists hold portraits of President Emmanuel Macron to urge France to take action during the U.N. COP 25 climate talks in Madrid, during a gathering at Place du Trocadero facing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Environmental activists around France have removed President Emmanuel Macron's official portrait from town halls around the country in an unusual protest movement aimed at pushing him to do more to slow climate change. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 08, 2019 - 6:21 am
PARIS (AP) — French environmental activists brandished stolen portraits of President Emmanuel Macron at a protest Sunday near the Eiffel Tower to try to push the government to do more to fight climate change. The protest is part of an unusual climate movement that has taken root around France this...
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The Turow lignite coal mine near the town of Bogatynia, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland has an impact on the environment and communities near the border of three neighboring countries, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm among residents who fear things might get even worse. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
December 06, 2019 - 7:37 am
UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, photo, sightseers plays on a sandbar in the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province, northeastern Thailand. Experts say the aquamarine color the Mekong River has recently acquired may beguile tourists but it also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams. The water usually is a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running clear, taking on a blue-green hue that is a reflection of the sky. The water levels have also become unusually low, exposing sandbanks in the middle of the river. (AP Photo/Chessadaporn Buasai)
December 05, 2019 - 8:00 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been...
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A BP oil refinery is at work in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2019. The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 takes place in Madrid until Dec. 13, 2019 under the Presidency of the Government of Chile with logistical support from the Government of Spain. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
December 04, 2019 - 3:07 pm
MADRID (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change. The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its...
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Activists lie in the Cibeles fountain during a protest performance in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Some 20 activists from the international group called Extinction Rebellion cut off traffic in central Madrid and staged a brief theatrical performance to protest the climate crisis. The activists held up a banner in Russian that read "Climate Crisis. To speak the truth. To take action immediately." Some 10 others dressed in red robes and with their faces whitened to symbolize the human species' peril danced briefly before police moved in to end the protest. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 03, 2019 - 9:05 am
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Climate Talks in Madrid (all times local): 3 p.m. Some 20 activists cut off traffic in central Madrid and staged a brief theatrical performance to protest climate change. Members of the international group called Extinction Rebellion held up a banner in Russian...
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In this Nov. 27, 2019, photo, a solar panel installation is seen in Ruicheng County in central China's Shanxi Province. As world leaders gather in Madrid to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight is falling on China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Yet it's also the leading market for solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
December 02, 2019 - 7:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As world leaders gather in Spain to discuss how to slow the warming of the planet, a spotlight falls on China — the top emitter of greenhouse gases. China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it...
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