Biden presses Merkel on Russia pipeline project

By Aamer Madhani, Alexandra Jaffe and Frank Jordans | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Welcoming Angela Merkel to the White House for a final time, President Joe Biden renewed his concerns to the German chancellor Thursday about a major, nearly complete Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline but said they agreed Russia must not be allowed to use energy […]

Senate Democrats reach $3.5 trillion budget agreement

By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats announced late Tuesday that they’d reached a budget agreement envisioning spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade, paving the way for their drive to pour federal resources into climate change, health care and family-service programs sought by President Joe Biden. […]

Ice shelf protecting Antarctic glacier is breaking up faster

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press A critical Antarctic glacier is looking more vulnerable as satellite images show the ice shelf that blocks it from collapsing into the sea is breaking up much faster than before and spawning huge icebergs, a new study says. The Pine Island Glacier’s ice shelf loss accelerated in 2017, causing […]

Trillions of cicadas set to emerge from 17-year slumber

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press COLUMBIA, Md. — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph. And then another. And another. And four more. In maybe a third of a square foot of dirt, the University of Maryland entomologists find […]

Newsom seeks ban on new fracking in state by 2024

By Adam Bean | Associated Press SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he will halt all new fracking permits in California starting in 2024, using his executive authority to take on the state’s powerful oil and gas industry in a year he will likely face voters in a recall election. Fracking — short for […]

Swedish teen Thunberg joins fight for vaccine equity

By Jamey Keaten | Associated Press GENEVA — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has urged governments, vaccine developers and the world to “step up their game” to fight vaccine inequity after the richest countries snatched up most COVID-19 vaccine doses and those in poorer nations have gone lacking. Her comments on Monday came as the […]