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McConnell: Obama climate plan hinges on next president

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senate’s Republican leader said this week as he urged the nation’s 50 governors to continue a “wait-and-see” approach on Obama’s plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West’s changing climate

Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West's changing climate

DENVER (AP) — Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing the snowmelt flowing into reservoirs in the summer when farmers need it to irrigate, the U.S. Bureau ...

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Lead US climate negotiator stepping down

Todd Stern, the Obama administration's Special Enjoy for Climate Change, addressed the challenges and the opportunities of working with China in the context of our broader climate and clean-energy policy. (Image: Center for American Progress via Flickr)

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s lead negotiator for last year’s global climate deal is stepping down. Todd Stern has been the State Department’s envoy for climate talks since 2009. His work culminated with last year’s Paris agreement designed to reduce carbon emissions and stem the effects of climate change. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Stern ...

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China says slowing economy won’t stop anti-pollution efforts

BEIJING (AP) — China will not return to its era of pursuing economic growth at the expense of the environment despite its slowing economy, the country’s environment minister said last week. Chen Jining said China would continue to restructure its economy away from heavily polluting companies to create more room for “good companies” to develop and focus on technological innovation, ...

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Climate chief expects 80-100 signatures on landmark treaty

United Nations Headquarters. (Image: United Nations Photo)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The official in charge of global climate negotiations says between 80 and 100 countries are expected to sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change reached in Paris in December at a ceremony at U.N. headquarters on April 22. Segolene Royal, French environment minister and newly-appointed president of U.N.-led climate negotiations, said Friday that more than ...

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Obama, Trudeau target methane emissions in new agreement

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed on Thursday to curbing methane emissions by reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors. (Image: Bryce Bradford via Flickr)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to curbing methane emissions by reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors by at least 40 percent over the next decade from 2012 levels. It’s a goal the Obama administration had cited previously, and it rolled out regulations in August that were focused on emissions from ...

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Panel: Finding climate fingerprints in wild weather is valid

Panel: Finding climate fingerprints in wild weather is valid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate science has progressed so much that experts can accurately detect global warming’s fingerprints on certain extreme weather events, such as a heat wave, according to a high-level scientific advisory panel. For years scientists have given almost a rote response to the question of whether an instance of weird weather was from global warming, insisting that they ...

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New York lawmakers want state pension fund to drop oil companies

The United States flag hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange. (Image: Dan Nelson via Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly a dozen state lawmakers want New York’s public pension fund to drop stock holdings in oil, gas and coal companies as part of a movement against global warming. Sponsors say climate change threatens New Yorkers’ safety, health and wealth by raising sea levels, increasing storm intensity and droughts, threatening biodiversity, damaging property and raising insurance, ...

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Oregon lawmakers approve pioneering pro-climate coal bill

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have given final approval to pioneering legislation that will eliminate coal from the state’s energy supply by 2030 and provide half of customers’ power with renewable sources by 2040. The measure passed by the Oregon Senate Wednesday underscores a leadership role on environmental issues the state has staked out over the years. The state ...

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Global warming doubts spur push to block science standards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Doubt over man’s contribution to global warming, particularly through burning coal for power, is fueling a push by West Virginia lawmakers to block new science standards in schools. In a state defined by a coal industry that is now on life support, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 73-20 on Friday to delay the new science standards ...

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