• This Nov. 3, 2008, file photo, shows one of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactors in Avila Beach on California's central coast. Without new operating licenses, the plant can't run past 2025. Renewing a nuclear power license is a lengthy proposition, and so even with years to go it's fast becoming a late hour. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)

    Nuclear crossroad: California reactors face uncertain future

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six years ago, the company that owns California’s last operating nuclear power plant announced it would seek an extended lifespan for its aging reactors. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. envisioned Diablo Canyon as a linchpin in the state’s green energy future, with its low-carbon electricity illuminating homes to nearly midcentury.

  • Trees are cut along a construction site of a new highway in Moscow region in this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 photo. As the climate warms, moisture levels are changing with wet areas becoming wetter and dry areas drier. Russia is the fastest warming part of the world, according to a report from the country’s weather monitoring agency. The steady rise in temperatures puts Siberia- known for its long winters and lush forests- at risk to natural disasters, such forest fires. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Energy-rich Russia pays little attention to climate change

    MOSCOW (AP) — When forest fires roared through Siberia this summer, so vast that the smoke blocked vast Lake Baikal from satellite view, Russian officials blamed the blazes on arsonists and disorganized fire crews. Environmentalists say there was another culprit: global warming.

  • Boys look at a hot air balloon of the environmental group Greenpeace, near the Eiffel Tower ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The conference with more than 100 heads of state is scheduled to start on Nov.30. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Hollande, activists gear up for critical climate talks

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande met with environmental groups Saturday, pushing for an ambitious global deal to reduce man-made emissions blamed for global warming — with emphasis on helping developing countries adapt to a changing world.

  • Air pollution in Beijing hits hazardous levels

    BEIJING (AP) — Air pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels on Saturday as smog engulfed large parts of the country despite efforts to clean up the foul air.

  • In this Aug, 12, 2005 file photo, a sign, required by law, warns of a pesticide application of methyl bromide on a field near Watsonville, Calif. Nine months after a vacationing family was nearly killed by exposure to methyl bromide on the island of St. John, authorities have come to at least one troubling conclusion: The use of the banned pesticide was not an isolated event in U.S. Caribbean territories. (AP Photo/Rita Beamish, File)

    Use of banned pesticide not isolated event in US territories

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nine months after a vacationing family nearly died from exposure to methyl bromide on the island of St. John, authorities have come to at least one troubling conclusion: The use of the banned pesticide was not an isolated event in U.S. Caribbean territories.

  • Sandra weakens to tropical storm in Pacific off Mexico

    MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Sandra is weakening as it approaches Mexico’s Pacific coast.

  • New Mexico to share in federal energy revenues

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oil and gas development and mineral production on federal and tribal lands in New Mexico have netted nearly a half-billion dollars in revenues for the state.

  • Nuclear waste repository to install safety chambers

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Managers at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico plan to install several safety bunkers.

  • President Barack Obama meets with President Francois Hollande of France in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Hollande's visit to Washington is part of a diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    After Paris attacks, increased resolve for UN climate talks

    PARIS (AP) — Still gripped by shock and grief, Paris will play host to a long-awaited U.N. climate conference under tragic circumstances that none could have foreseen.

  • A woman holds a candle as she waits for the arrival of Pope Francis for a meeting with catechists and teachers during his visit to Munyonyo, Uganda, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope decries ‘injustice of urban exclusion’ in Nairobi slum

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today’s faithful missionary role models.