Energy and the environment

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)
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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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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a press conference at the COP25 climate talks summit in Madrid, Monday Dec. 2, 2019. The chair of a two-week climate summit attended by nearly 200 countries warned at its opening Monday that those refusing to adjust to the planet's rising temperatures "will be on the wrong side of history." (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
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December 04, 2019 - 12:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No. 1 economy and the second-biggest carbon emitter. Trump dismisses climate change and he thumbed...
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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)
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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)
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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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Supporters of the climate movement Ende Gelaende protest in front of a coal-fired power station Lippendorf near Leipzig, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Ende Gelaende is an action alliance for an immediate coal exit, climate justice and a fundamental system change. The alliance announces a mass action of civil disobedience in the Saxony and Lusatian coal mining area in Germany. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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November 30, 2019 - 10:50 am
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Climate activists protested at open-pit coal mines in eastern Germany, pouring onto the premises to urge the government to immediately halt the use of coal to produce electricity. The news agency dpa reported that police estimated more than 2,000 people took part Saturday at...
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This aerial photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, shows small hydropower plant under construction on Lasva river, near village of Merdani, Bosnia. Environmental groups and activists have warned that unspoiled rivers in the Balkans are in danger from small hydropower plants that have been sprouting throughout the region. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)
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November 28, 2019 - 12:10 pm
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Unspoiled rivers in the Balkans are facing new dangers from small hydropower plants that have sprouted up across the region in recent years, environmental experts warned Thursday. In a declaration issued after a meeting in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, they urged...
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November 27, 2019 - 2:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has realized its 2020 target for reducing carbon emissions ahead of schedule, the ecology and environment ministry reported Wednesday. The ministry said China’s CO2 emissions per unit of GDP had fallen last year by 4% from a year earlier to stand at 45.8% less than in 2005...
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File - In this Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 file photo, commuters make their way along an expressway during rush hour in Beijing. According to Chinese state media, the average concentration of PM2.5 fine air pollutants in Beijing in August was at the lowest level ever recorded for that month. Inger Andersen, head of the U.N. Environment Program, says the world needs 'quick wins to reduce emissions as much as possible in 2020.' Ahead of a global climate summit in Madrid next week, her agency published a report Tuesday showing the amount of planet-heating gases released into the atmosphere hitting a new high last year. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, file)
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November 26, 2019 - 9:52 am
GENEVA (AP) — Countries need to begin making steep cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions immediately or risk missing the targets they’ve agreed for limiting global warming, with potentially dire consequences, senior United Nations officials said Tuesday. A report by the U.N. Environment Program,...
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Pope Francis shakes hands with Matsuki Kamoshita as he meets with victims of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in northern Japan Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
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November 25, 2019 - 7:37 am
TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis voiced concern about nuclear power Monday after meeting with victims of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster, saying the development of future energy sources must take environmental considerations into account. Francis didn’t explicitly back a ban on nuclear energy during his...
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November 22, 2019 - 1:05 pm
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months of impassioned pleas by the families of pediatric cancer patients who live in the most heavily drilled...
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