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Exit polls: Social Democrats win, far-right loses in Hamburg


February 23, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — The center-left Social Democrats won the most votes in the Hamburg state election Sunday, according to exit polls, followed by the environmentalist Green party in a vote that was overshadowed by a racist massacre and political turmoil in Germany.Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian D...

Climate activist’s award money used to create foundation

February 20, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish organization that gave Greta Thunberg an award that is often described as an alternative Nobel Prize says the teenage climate activist is using her prize money to establish an eponymous foundation.The purpose of the nonprofit Greta Thunberg Foundation “is to p...

Students push universities to stop investing in fossil fuels


February 19, 2020

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Students alarmed by climate change are stepping up pressure on universities to pull investments from fossil fuel industries, an effort that is gaining traction at prestigious schools like Georgetown, Harvard and Yale.The push that is underway at hundreds of schools began nearl...

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change


February 17, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect Eart...

UN: Antarctic high temp records will take months to verify

February 16, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the U.N. weather agency said Sunday.A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal proces...

South Africa seeks more renewable energy amid power cuts


February 13, 2020

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s president said Thursday the coal-dependent country will turn to more renewable energy as one way to help ease power cuts that have “severely set back” efforts to rebuild the weak economy. But he warned of more blackouts in the immediate future.South Africans ...

Macron vows “fight of the century” against climate change

February 13, 2020

PARIS (AP) — France’s leader called the battle against climate change and environmental destruction “the fight of the century” Thursday after visiting a melting glacier in the French Alps.But President Emmanuel Macron’s tour of the Mer de Glace glacier and an ice cave carved into it near the mou...

BP lays out long-term ambition to achieve net-zero emissions


February 12, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Energy producer BP said Wednesday it wants to eliminate or offset all carbon emissions from its operations and the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050, an ambitious target born out of pressure to help combat climate change and keep making money.London-based BP's goals include becom...

AP VoteCast: NH Democrats angry, seek alternative to Trump


February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic voters in the New Hampshire primary were angry at President Donald Trump's administration and eager to pick the candidate most likely to oust him from office.Roughly three-quarters of voters said they were not just dissatisfied but also angry with the Trump administrati...

Macron to get hybrid car as France steps up climate fight

February 12, 2020

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government announced a raft of plans Wednesday to curb its carbon emissions, including getting a new hybrid-engine armored car for the French leader.Other new steps include an annual bonus of 200 euros ($220) for civil servants who switch to bicycles ...

Amid uncertainty, French wine industry puts itself on show


February 11, 2020

PARIS (AP) — France's big wine industry, shaken by U.S. President Trump’s painful tariff hikes and the threat of climate change, is hoping to re-energize global interest in its products with a big trade fair in Paris.Two thousand winemakers - including giant Moet-Hennessy - are wooing some 30,000...

Africa shouldn’t need to beg for climate aid: Bank president


February 11, 2020

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Africa shouldn’t have to beg for help in addressing climate change, the president of the African Development Bank said Tuesday, adding that polluting global powers “have to pay.”Akinwumi Adesina told The Associated Press in an interview on the sidelines of the African Union summit t...