Pollution

December 16, 2019 - 3:13 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal watchdog says Texas officials wouldn't cooperate with a report released Monday that cast doubt on public health assurances made during Hurricane Harvey, when the powerful Category 4 storm unleashed an environmental assault on the country's largest petrochemical...
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FILE - This Jan. 31, 2019 file photo, shows an oil platform in the Leviathan natural gas field, in the Mediterranean Sea off the Israeli coaast. Israel became a major energy exporter for the first time on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, after signing a permit to export natural gas to neighboring Egypt. The announcement comes just days before a lucrative Israeli gas field in the Mediterranean Sea is expected to go online. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool via AP, File)
December 16, 2019 - 10:52 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel became a major energy exporter for the first time on Monday after signing a permit to export natural gas to Egypt. The announcement comes just days before a lucrative Israeli gas field in the Mediterranean Sea is expected to go online. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz called...
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Smoke billows out of a chimney stack of the heating power plant at the district Mitte in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Under European Union rules, the plant’s operator, Vattenfall, needs a permit for each ton of carbon dioxide it emits. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 16, 2019 - 7:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's two houses of parliament are poised to more than double the starting price for carbon dioxide emissions from the transport and heating industries when the charge is introduced in 2021. German news agency dpa reported Monday that a deal was reached after overnight talks to...
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A member of the Brazil delegation during the closing plenary at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. Negotiators from almost 200 nations planned to gather for a final time at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid early Sunday to pass declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor countries suffering the effects of climate change. But one of the key issues at the talks, an agreement on international carbon markets, has eluded officials even after the Chilean chair extended Friday's talks deadline to allow more time for negotiations. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
December 15, 2019 - 1:21 pm
MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another...
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People shout slogans during a march organized by the Fridays for Future international movement of school students outside of the COP25 climate talks congress in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. The United Nations Secretary-General has warned that failure to tackle global warming could result in economic disaster. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
December 13, 2019 - 2:28 pm
MADRID (AP) — Officials from almost 200 countries hunkered down for another night of talks late Friday as a U.N. climate meeting in Madrid went into overtime without agreement on key issues. Chile, which is chairing the talks, said negotiators would continue working on two fronts trying to get...
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Visitors attend the COP25 climate talks summit in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
December 12, 2019 - 12:32 pm
MADRID (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned Thursday that failure to tackle climate change could result in economic disaster that would allow only the “survival of the richest.” Guterres urged officials from almost 200 countries at the annual U.N. climate meeting in...
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A man looks up as police and fire personnel move in to remove climate activists after they climbed the Europa building during a demonstration outside an EU summit meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Greenpeace activists on Thursday scaled the European Union's new headquarters, unfurling a huge banner warning of a climate emergency hours before the bloc's leaders gather for a summit focused on plans to combat global warming.(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 12, 2019 - 12:08 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — A day after the EU's new chief unveiled her “master plan” for climate neutrality, a big question mark remained Thursday about the ability to secure a deal for the bloc to become carbon neutral by 2050 because of three reluctant eastern member states. As heads of states and...
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U.N. security staff gab banners during a protest to draw attention to lack of action by some countries to find real solutions to the climate problems, at the COP25 climate talks congress in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 11, 2019 - 3:41 pm
MADRID (AP) — With less than 72 hours left to reach a deal on key measures in the fight against global warming, major countries at a U.N. meeting on climate change took the floor to stake out their positions — showing that deep differences remain to be breached. In a sign of growing frustration...
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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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