Environmental concerns

A stranded ferry boat lies on its side, in Venice, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday. The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters (74 inches) late Tuesday, meaning more than 85% of the city was flooded. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
November 13, 2019 - 9:10 am
MILAN (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damages. Water levels reached 187 centimeters (74 inches) Tuesday, the second-highest level...
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Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, sits on a catamaran docked in Hampton, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Thunberg will leave North America and begin her return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby. The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar panels and a hydro-generators for power. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)
November 13, 2019 - 7:07 am
PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. So is increasing plane travel. And the...
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November 13, 2019 - 6:46 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is lowering the top speed limit on highways in a bid to put the brakes on emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Wednesday that the maximum speed limit will be cut from 130 kilometers per hour to 100 km/h (81...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, Francesca Siena holds a photo of Mount Rainier and the Port of Tacoma that has been computer modified to include the image of a refinery as she protests in Tacoma, Wash., outside a public meeting to gather opinion on a proposed methanol plant that would be built at the Port of Tacoma. A new federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, aims to kill plans to build one of the world's biggest methanol refineries along the Columbia River. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
November 12, 2019 - 6:12 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a...
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Protesting farmers block a main road leading to the center of The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Thousands of Dutch farmers protest over the Netherlands efforts to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Among the farmers' demands are that the government does not further reduce the number of animals they can keep. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
October 16, 2019 - 7:12 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch farmers drove their tractors in slow-moving convoys across the country Wednesday to protest their treatment by the government as it seeks to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions. It is the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, two visitors ride their bikes along the road at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California's Mojave Desert. A conservation organization has petitioned for protection of the western Joshua tree under the California Endangered Species Act due to the effects of climate change and habitat destruction. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the petition with the state Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 15, 2019 - 4:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid...
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A vehicle sits in front of a home destroyed by Typhoon Hagibis Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Nagano, Japan. More victims and more damage have been found in typhoon-hit areas of central and northern Japan, where rescue crews are searching for people still missing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 15, 2019 - 3:19 am
TOKYO (AP) — The typhoon that ravaged Japan last week hit with unusual speed and ferocity, leaving homes buried in mud and people stranded on rooftops. But nothing spoke more of the powerlessness of modernization against natural disasters than rows of bullet trains deluged in floodwaters in Nagano...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, Joe Wilson pulls his generator out in the garage of his home, which is in an area that is expected to lose power in the East Foothills area of San Jose, Calif. Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising concerns about another environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities temporarily halted service to more than 2 million people this week, many fired up standby generators that spew toxic emissions. (Randy Vazquez/San Jose Mercury News via AP, File)
October 12, 2019 - 12:11 pm
Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising concerns about another environmental threat: air pollution. Utilities temporarily halted service to more than 2 million people this week, fearing high winds would knock down power lines and ignite infernos. That...
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg pulls her speech out of a pocket as she steps up to speak to several thousand people at a climate strike rally Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Denver. The rally was staged in Denver's Civic Center Park. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
October 11, 2019 - 9:07 pm
DENVER (AP) — Young people must be prepared to continue striking to call for action on climate change for a long time and not back down, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told a climate strike rally in Denver on Friday. Thunberg said she and fellow youth activists won't beg those in power to...
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Super scoopers make drops on the Saddleridge fire in Placerita Canyon near Newhall, Calif., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)
October 11, 2019 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say. The Golden State already is fire-prone with lots of dry plants and woodlands — but add high winds that can knock down power...
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