Global Warming

Students in Hamburg, elsewhere call for climate action

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students skipped class Friday in Hamburg to call for action against global warming, part of a string of protests that have been taking place in cities across the world over recent months. The rally in Germany‘s northern port city was led by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has become … Continue reading Students in Hamburg, elsewhere call for climate action

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Protest against Japan coal plants at UN talks

KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 4 p.m. Climate activists from Asia have protested on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks against the Japanese government’s financing of coal mines and power plants in the region. Burning coal is considered a major source of global … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Protest against Japan coal plants at UN talks

KATOWICE, Poland | Big investors call for carbon price, end to coal power

KATOWICE, Poland — More than 450 asset managers, including major pension funds and insurance companies, are calling on governments to phase out coal-fired power plants and put a meaningful price on carbon to help tackle climate change. The funds, with over $32 trillion in assets, issued their appeal Monday as ministers gathered in Katowice, Poland, … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | Big investors call for carbon price, end to coal power

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: UN chief calls climate ‘most important issue’

KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate conference (all times local): 11 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to world leaders to take seriously the threat of global warming and take bold action to avert a catastrophic rise in temperatures. Guterres called climate change “the single most important issue we face,” speaking … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: UN chief calls climate ‘most important issue’

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Leaders, celebrities expected at climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland  — The Latest on the U.N. climate conference (all times local): 10:45 a.m. No global climate summit would be complete without a few celebrities. Monday’s gathering of ministers and national leaders for the start of the U.N. talks on tackling global warming is getting a dose of glitz. Actor and former California Gov. … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Leaders, celebrities expected at climate talks

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: World Bank ups climate funding to $200 billion

KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks taking place in Katowice, Poland (all times local): 2 a.m. The World Bank Group says it is doubling funding for poor countries preparing for climate change to $200 billion over five years. The Washington-based organization said Monday that about half would come from the World … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: World Bank ups climate funding to $200 billion

PARIS | Macron says France will delay cap on nuclear energy

PARIS— French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday the country will move more slowly than promised to cap the amount of energy it derives from nuclear energy. Amid daily protests about high energy prices, Macron said France will shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 out of 58 now in order. Yet he said France would … Continue reading PARIS | Macron says France will delay cap on nuclear energy

WASHINGTON | Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump says he doesn’t believe a key conclusion of a U.S. government report on the economic costs of climate change, but economists say the warning of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in global warming costs is pretty much on the money. They cited Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma as evidence. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on dipping oil prices, cold snaps

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is wrong when he suggests global warming can’t be happening if it’s really cold outside. He points to a “brutal and extended cold blast” in the Eastern U.S. during Thanksgiving week and wonders aloud to his Twitter followers, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?” In fact, he is confusing short-term weather … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on dipping oil prices, cold snaps

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: On break, no break by Trump in twisting facts

WASHINGTON — Displaying a thin grasp of science, President Donald Trump questioned the reality of global warming because it was cold outside. Then came a federal report laying out the severe consequences of climate change and rebutting the notion that a frigid snap means it isn’t happening. Sizing up the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump declared he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: On break, no break by Trump in twisting facts

BERLIN | European leaders call for ambition ahead of climate talks

BERLIN— Leaders from 16 European countries called Friday for greater efforts to curb global warming ahead of international climate talks taking place in Poland next month. In a joint declaration, presidents and prime ministers from Cyprus to Sweden described climate change as “the key challenge of our time,” noting that average global temperatures have already … Continue reading BERLIN | European leaders call for ambition ahead of climate talks

NEW YORK CITY | Glamour magazine honors Teigen, Monae, Gonzalez and Raisman

NEW YORK CITY— Powerful and influential women from all walks of life smiled and hugged at the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Monday, but the devastating wildfires on the other side of the country were on a lot of minds. Actress Alicia Silverstone had first-hand knowledge of how devastating the fires are. … Continue reading NEW YORK CITY | Glamour magazine honors Teigen, Monae, Gonzalez and Raisman

LOS ANGELES | Bloomberg pumps $9 million into California House races

LOS ANGELES— A political committee backed by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending nearly $9 million on TV ads to help two Democrats trying to topple Republican incumbents in Southern California. Bloomberg disclosed earlier this year that he intended to spend tens of millions of dollars to support Democratic congressional … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Bloomberg pumps $9 million into California House races

WASHINGTON | Trump says climate change not a hoax, not sure of its source

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is backing off his claim that climate change is a hoax but says he doesn’t know if it’s manmade and suggests that the climate will “change back again.” In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night, Trump said he doesn’t want to put the U.S. at a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says climate change not a hoax, not sure of its source

FRANKFURT, Germany | Europe debates tougher emissions cuts for vehicles

FRANKFURT, Germany  — European Union officials are working on tougher auto emissions standards aimed at fighting global warming — but which the auto industry cautions could hurt workers and consumers. Officials from the council of EU member governments, parliament and the executive Commission were to negotiate Wednesday in the wake of environment ministers’ agreement late … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | Europe debates tougher emissions cuts for vehicles

WASHINGTON | Science Says: Hawaii hurricanes rare, but getting less so

WASHINGTON— Hurricanes seldom get close to Hawaii and it’s even rarer for one of the islands to take a direct hit. Hurricane Lane is already drenching and pummeling the island chain, even without reaching land. The last time a major hurricane hit Hawaii was in 1992 when Category 4 Iniki caused billions in damage. On … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Science Says: Hawaii hurricanes rare, but getting less so

WASHINGTON | Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to global warming, America’s political climate may have changed more than the Earth’s over the past three decades. NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on June 23, 1988. Looking back, he says: “I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought we would have a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

WASHINGTON | Emails show EPA working closely with climate-change deniers

WASHINGTON — Senior Environmental Protection Agency officials have been working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming. Recently released emails show they also recruited help to counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency. John Konkus, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Emails show EPA working closely with climate-change deniers

Trump says East could use some ‘global warming’ this weekend

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. /December 29, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) –  President Donald Trump is using the bitterly cold temperatures forecast for the East Coast to knock climate change. Trump noted Thursday on Twitter that New Year’s Eve could be the coldest on record. He adds, “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old … Continue reading Trump says East could use some ‘global warming’ this weekend

Trump says East Coast could use “Global Warming” during cold

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla/December 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) – (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday the East Coast “could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming” as bitterly cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend. Trump wrote on Twitter: “In the East, it could be … Continue reading Trump says East Coast could use “Global Warming” during cold

Our climate is changing, and it’s affecting Canadians

Ottawa, Ontario/December 21, 2017 (STL.News) Environment and Climate Change Canada has released the 22nd edition of Canada’s Top 10 Weather Stories: a list of extreme weather events having occurred across the country over the year. Extreme weather events demonstrate the effects of climate change. Devastating forest fires, more frequent floods, heavy rains, ice storms, temperature … Continue reading Our climate is changing, and it’s affecting Canadians

Arctic forever changed by rapidly warming climate – UN weather agency

December 20, 2017 (STL.News) – The Arctic continued in 2017 to warm at double the rate of the global temperature increase, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to the United Nations weather agency. “While 2017 saw … Continue reading Arctic forever changed by rapidly warming climate – UN weather agency

The Latest: Macron hosts leaders in global warming battle

PARIS /December 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local): 1:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting 164 world leaders, government members, business leaders and prominent figures involved in fighting global warming at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris. More than 50 heads of state and … Continue reading The Latest: Macron hosts leaders in global warming battle

The Latest: Call for action on climate change security risks

PARIS  /December 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Experts on the way climate change affects global security have launched a six-point action plan aimed at addressing threats created by problems such as water and food shortages. The Hague Declaration on Planetary Security was … Continue reading The Latest: Call for action on climate change security risks

EPA moves to rescind Obama plan to slow global warming

WASHINGTON/October 6, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration intends to roll back the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. In a plan expected to be made public in coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the Obama-era rule … Continue reading EPA moves to rescind Obama plan to slow global warming

Faster-moving sea ice forces polar bears to use more energy

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)(STL.News) — Rapid global warming has sped up the movement of sea ice off Alaska’s coasts, and already at-risk polar bears are paying a price, a new U.S. study says. Most sea ice moves throughout the year and the iconic white bears are on a perpetual walk to stay within their preferred habitat, … Continue reading Faster-moving sea ice forces polar bears to use more energy

Report: Can’t blame El Nino as global temps spike in March

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — In what scientists call a clear sign of a warming world, Earth’s temperatures in March were the most above normal on record without an El Nino spiking temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that the average global temperature in March was 56.8 degrees Fahrenheit (13.8 Celsius), only behind last year’s … Continue reading Report: Can’t blame El Nino as global temps spike in March

Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — Global warming shrank certain animals in the ancient past, and scientists worry it could happen again. Warm-blooded animals got smaller at least twice in Earth’s history when carbon dioxide levels soared and temperatures spiked as part of a natural warming, a new study says. University of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D’Ambrosia warned … Continue reading Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says

2016 set to break heat record despite slowdown in emissions

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Global temperatures are soaring toward a record high this year, the U.N. weather agency said Monday, while another report showed emissions of a key global warming gas have flattened out in the past three years. The reports injected a mix of gloom and hope at U.N. climate talks in Marrakech this … Continue reading 2016 set to break heat record despite slowdown in emissions