- Obama says climate rule on 'strong legal footing' Updated: Feb-11-16 5:22 pm
ATHERTON, California - President Barack Obama says he is very confident his administration is on "strong legal footing" in its defense of a key piece of his climate-change agenda.
- French govt reshuffle makes Ayrault the new foreign minister Updated: Feb-11-16 3:51 pm
PARIS - Former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, a low-key veteran of the Socialist Party much acquainted with German culture, will become France's new foreign minister.
- Scott wants Lake Okeechobee waters diverted from coasts Updated: Feb-11-16 3:46 pm
MIAMI - Authorities say they're looking "anywhere that can hold water" to relieve high water levels in Lake Okeechobee and Florida's Everglades.
- Despite US setback, Virginia moving forward on 'Clean Power' Updated: Feb-10-16 4:41 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia is moving forward with efforts to reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change amid uncertainty over the future of the Obama administration's landmark environmental initiative.
- Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty Updated: Feb-10-16 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.
- Venezuela malls scale back hours as government cuts energy Updated: Feb-10-16 3:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Shops in malls across Venezuela closed their doors Wednesday afternoon to comply with a government electricity rationing order.
- Weather purges San Francisco Bay Area lakes of toxic algae Updated: Feb-10-16 10:45 am
OAKLAND, California - Heavy rain and a cold El NiÃ±o winter have purged three East Bay swim lakes of toxic algae that flourished in the drought last year and led to swim bans, lost lifeguard jobs and changed vacation plans.
- Growers fear lawsuits could cut supply of irrigation water Updated: Feb-10-16 9:54 am
MADRAS, Oregon - The farm fields in Jefferson County are quiet this time of year, the irrigation ditches dry, the crops dormant and the tractors, combines and balers parked in barns until spring.
- Zimbabwe needs $1.5 billion in food aid, says vice president Updated: Feb-10-16 8:49 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's vice president says the drought-stricken country needs to raise $1.5 billion for food aid.
- Obama vows to press ahead on Clean Power Plan after setback Updated: Feb-10-16 3:32 am
WASHINGTON - The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.
- Mead praises high court's decision to delay Clean Power Plan Updated: Feb-09-16 11:45 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Gov. Matt Mead is praising the Supreme Court's decision to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.
- Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold Updated: Feb-09-16 9:09 pm
WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.
- Bullock suspends work of Clean Power Plan panel after ruling Updated: Feb-09-16 8:46 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday suspended the work of a panel appointed to address new federal carbon dioxide emissions rules after the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the key component of President Barack Obama's climate change plan.
- UN: Number of Haitians needing food aid spikes amid drought Updated: Feb-09-16 6:20 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years as the number of people in need of urgent food aid has recently spiked, the head of the U.N. World Food Program's country office said Tuesday.
- Obama unveils record $4.1 trillion election-year budget Updated: Feb-09-16 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks.
- Idaho Legislature rejects new science standards Updated: Feb-08-16 8:35 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho lawmakers have rejected new K-12 science standards after receiving criticism over how the rules - which for the first time include global warming and evolution components- were finalized.
- UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes Updated: Feb-08-16 8:23 pm
WASHINGTON - A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming.
- Town's 100th annual winter carnival opens, minus some snow Updated: Feb-05-16 8:47 pm
NEWPORT, New Hampshire - Residents of the small New Hampshire town of Newport are launching their 100th annual winter carnival with a tribute to its roots and a grudging acceptance that climate change can wreak havoc with the schedule of events.
- Climate change study, talk push Nebraska to make action plan Updated: Feb-05-16 5:16 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - More than 300 leaders who gathered to discuss a 2014 climate survey of Nebraska have concluded that the state must be more proactive in developing an action plan to respond to changes in climate.
- Wet weather systems increasingly more rare in Southwest Updated: Feb-05-16 4:11 pm
RENO, Nevada - The southwestern United States has already begun a long-predicted shift into a decidedly drier climate, a new study looking at the last 35 years of weather pattern concluded.
- Feds seeking settlement in coal mining lawsuits Updated: Feb-04-16 6:43 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Federal officials disclosed Thursday that they want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states.
- El Nino batters landmark ship beached on California coast Updated: Feb-04-16 2:29 pm
APTOS, California - Recent El Nino storms are battering a landmark concrete ship long ago beached on the California coast, officials said Wednesday.
- Hawaii's lack of rain in January sets new records Updated: Feb-04-16 7:27 am
HONOLULU - Dry conditions in January have broken new records across the state for low rainfall.
- West Virginia school board member Wade Linger resigns Updated: Feb-03-16 5:02 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia Board of Education member Wade Linger has resigned, citing frustration over what he called the state Legislature's long-term meddling with the board's work.
- Report: Food fish in Northeast at risk to climate change Updated: Feb-03-16 4:38 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A federal government report says the list of Northeastern sea life species that are most vulnerable to climate change includes numerous economically important fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food.