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  • NASA Launches Carbon Satellite After 2009 Failure

    July 1, 2014 11:06 AM

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta 2 rocket blasted off from California at 2:56 a.m. and released the Orbiting Carbon... more »
  • Fed Report: Warming Disrupting Americans' Lives

    May 6, 2014 8:46 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says. Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this... more »
  • On Senate Floor, Dems Talk All Night About Climate

    March 11, 2014 5:47 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators have found plenty of common ground in an overnight debate about climate change that has been characterized by civil exchanges from lawmakers who hear plenty to like in each other's words. Could this really be happening in Washington? Sure, when only one party shows up. Democrats... more »
  • Obama Opens 2nd-Term Drive Against Climate Change

    June 25, 2013 8:45 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Appealing for courageous action "before it's too late," President Barack Obama launched a major second-term drive Tuesday to combat climate change and secure a safer planet, bypassing Congress as he sought to set a cornerstone of his legacy. Abandoning his suit jacket under a sweltering sun... more »
  • Kentucky Leaders Denounce Obama's Climate Plan

    June 25, 2013 7:10 PM

    LOUISVILLE (AP) - Political leaders from coal-rich Kentucky were quick to denounce President Barack Obama's climate change initiatives on Tuesday, saying efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions would hurt the state's mining industry and drive up energy costs. The industry is a major employer in Kentucky and receives nearly... more »
  • Obama Aims To Tackle Pollution, Climate Change

    June 25, 2013 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming. In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of... more »
  • Power Plant Limits At Center Of Obama Climate Plan

    June 25, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Taking climate change efforts into his own hands, President Barack Obama is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property. Obama, in a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, was to announce he's issuing a... more »
  • Clock Ticking For Obama Climate Change Push

    June 24, 2013 5:10 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is running out of time to make good on his lofty vow to confront climate change head-on, and Congress is in no mood to help. Moving ahead on his own, Obama will announce a set of actions Tuesday that will take years to... more »
  • Obama To Unveil Climate Plan In Tuesday Speech

    June 22, 2013 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he'll unveil a national plan to combat climate change in a speech Tuesday. Obama says in an online video that he'll lay out his vision for reducing carbon pollution, preparing the U.S. for the effects of climate change and leading other nations in... more »
  • Study: Birds Adjusting Slowly To Climate Change

    March 28, 2012 12:17 PM

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new study based on the National Audubon Society's North American Christmas Bird Count finds birds have taken decades to adjust their ranges northward in response to warming winters. Frank La Sorte, a post-doctoral researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, was lead author... more »
  • Raising $100 Billion For Climate Fund In Dispute

    December 8, 2011 11:34 AM

    DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - Even in hard times, fighting climate change is not a luxury but a necessity, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as climate negotiators bickered about how to raise hundreds of billions of dollars to adapt to a warming world. Creating a body to govern a $100... more »
  • Discontent Grows With US At Climate Talks

    November 30, 2011 1:17 PM

    DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - Leading American environmentalists complained to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Wednesday that her negotiators at U.N. climate talks risked portraying the U.S. as an obstacle to fighting global warming because of its perceived foot-dragging on key issues. Separately, European delegates and the head of... more »
  • China Urges Progress On Climate Change Fund

    November 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    BEIJING (AP) - China is worried the financial crisis is draining contributions to a multibillion-dollar global warming fund but hopes basic financing to help developing countries deal with climate change can be hammered out this month. Delegates at a U.N.-sponsored climate change conference that starts Nov. 28 in Durban, South... more »
  • Report Claims Climate Change Harms Great Lakes Parks

    July 14, 2011 10:02 AM

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Some of the Great Lakes' treasured national parks are showing ill effects of climate change that are likely to worsen in coming decades, from shoreline erosion to decline of certain wildlife and plant species, a former park system administrator said Wednesday. Without changes in public... more »
  • Australia To Tax Nation's Worst Polluters

    July 11, 2011 10:40 AM

    SYDNEY (AP) - Australia will force its 500 worst polluters to pay 23 Australian dollars ($25) for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit, with the government promising to compensate households hit with higher power bills under a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions unveiled Sunday. Prime Minister Julia Gillard... more »
  • Global Warming Pause Possibly Linked To Sulfur In China

    July 5, 2011 10:13 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some scientists have come up with a possible explanation for why the rise in Earth's temperature paused for a bit during the 2000s, one of the hottest decades on record. The answer seems counterintuitive. It's all that sulfur pollution in the air from China's massive coal-burning, according... more »
  • Gore: Obama Lacks "Bold Action" On Global Warming

    June 22, 2011 9:35 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Vice President Al Gore is doing what few environmentalists and fellow Democrats have done before, criticizing President Barack Obama's record on global warming. In a 7,000-word essay for Rolling Stone magazine that was posted online Wednesday, Gore says Obama has failed to stand up for "bold... more »
  • UN Sees Rising Risks From Climate, Toxic Chemicals

    February 22, 2011 11:26 AM

    GENEVA (AP) - Climate change is a major obstacle to a 2004 global treaty aimed at cutting exposure to 21 highly dangerous chemicals, says a new U.N.-commissioned report issued Monday. The 66-page report says the risks of exposure could increase if more stockpiles and landfills leak due to flooding, or... more »