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Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, sits on a catamaran docked in Hampton, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Thunberg will leave North America and begin her return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby.The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar panels and a hydro-generators for power. (AP Photo/Ben Finley)

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

- Associated Press

The world’s thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers’ insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why.

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Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, attends a climate rally, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Melissa Renwick/The Canadian Press via AP)

Activist Greta Thunberg declines climate prize, urges more action

Associated Press

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired millions across the world to stage protests urging leaders to better tackle global warming, has declined an environmental prize, saying "the climate movement does not need any more prizes."

In this Nov. 27, 2018, file photo a banner depicting the Chevrolet Cruze model vehicle is displayed at the General Motors' Lordstown plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Trump's Rust Belt revival is fading. Will it matter in 2020?

- Associated Press

President Trump once promised that coal and steel would be the beating heart of a revived U.S. economy -- a nostalgic vision that helped carry him to victory three years ago in the industrial Midwest.

Customers charge their electronic devices at Starbuck's coffee shop on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Lafayette, Calif. A large part of Lafayette has been without power. PG&E said Monday its power lines may have started two wildfires over the weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area despite widespread blackouts meant to prevent fires from igniting during dangerously windy weather. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Frustration at utility rising as California blackouts endure

- Associated Press

Millions of Californians prepared to be in the dark - some for five days, or longer - as the nation's largest utility said it was switching off power again Tuesday to prevent powerful winds from damaging its equipment and sparking more fires.

Elijah Carter 11, left, and Robert Haralson, 12, help shop for their parents in a darkened Olivers Supermarket in the Rincon Valley community, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Santa Rosa, Calif. The west side of the store was lit by patio lights powered by a generator as power was shut off again by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. due to high fire danger. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

Californians hit with 2nd round of sweeping blackouts

- Associated Press

Dangerously windy weather sweeping through the state brought power outages to Northern California as the state's largest utility staged blackouts designed to prevent catastrophic wildfires.

New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges ExxonMobil defrauded investigators with two sets of figures to assess impact of climate regulations. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

ExxonMobil taken to trial for 'climate fraud'

- The Washington Times

After four years and three attorneys general, New York finally brought ExxonMobil to court Tuesday on charges of "climate fraud," a case expected to decide whether the sputtering "Exxon knew" campaign still has something in the tank -- or if that vehicle has run out of gas.

In this Feb. 5, 2019, photo, a student waits for a bus outside the abandoned John C. Clark Elementary and Middle School in Hartford, Conn. The school was closed in 2015 after toxic PCBs were found during a renovation. Many students in the neighborhood now must travel long distances to get to other schools. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

- Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency and lawmakers have quietly abandoned efforts to rid schools of toxic PCBs, leaving districts - especially in poor areas -- with a difficult choice: Look for the long-banned chemicals, which could trigger a costly cleanup, or simply clean their buildings as well as possible.