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British TV host Dr. Michael Mosley reached millions by being his own guinea pig

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British TV host Dr. Michael Mosley reached millions by being his own guinea pig
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British TV host Dr. Michael Mosley reached millions by being his own guinea pig

2024-06-11 05:18 Last Updated At:05:20

RHODES, Greece (AP) — Dr. Michael Mosley was his own guinea pig.

In the name of science, the British television host put his body to the test by ingesting tape worms, injecting snake venom and letting leeches suck his blood.

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An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

RHODES, Greece (AP) — Dr. Michael Mosley was his own guinea pig.

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

What didn't kill him made him more popular and he reached millions through BBC programs like “Trust Me, I'm a Doctor," other appearances on TV and radio, and through bestselling diet books.

In the end, his death came during a hike in the blazing sun on the Greek island where he was vacationing.

Greek police said Monday there was no sign of foul play, though an autopsy was underway to find the cause.

Here are some things to know about Mosley:

Mosley, 67, was found dead Sunday, four days after he went missing on the island of Symi.

His wife said he took the wrong route on what was supposed to be a short walk to the next town and appeared to have collapsed.

The path would have taken him over or alongside a steep unforgiving slope littered with rocks and no shelter from heat that hit 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

His body was found within a few dozen steps of the water.

“He almost managed to reach his destination," Lefteris Papakalodoukas, the mayor of Symi told Greek Alpha television. "It was only another 10 meters (33 feet) to the beach. But that must be when his strength left him.”

Dr. Clare Bailey Mosley said her family took comfort knowing her husband almost made it to safety.

“He did an incredible climb, took the wrong route and collapsed where he couldn’t be easily seen by the extensive search team,” she said in a statement.

After graduating from Oxford University, Mosley became an investment banker before going back to school to become a doctor. After qualifying for a career in medicine, though, he took another dramatic career change. He trained as an assistant producer at the BBC and that eventually led to a profession in front of the camera.

Mosley was widely admired for his ability to communicate complex science clearly and his willingness to be the subject of experiments that made others shudder.

In a BBC program called “Infested! Living with parasites,” he swallowed tapeworm cysts. He used a “pill camera” to explore his insides and was watching on an iPad in an Indian restaurant when he first saw the tapeworms attached to his intestine.

“I shouted out: ‘Blimey! There’s a tapeworm in me!’ The other diners looked very surprised," he said. “I was delighted, but at the same time, it was rather horrible."

When he was diagnosed with stage 2 diabetes in 2012, Mosley turned to health science and developed a diet that beat the diagnosis and became the basis for one of his books.

He later popularized intermittent fasting and low-carb meals through his 2013 book “The Fast Diet,” which he co-authored with journalist Mimi Spencer, that proposed the so-called “5:2 diet” to minimize calories two days a week while eating healthily the other five.

His “Just One Thing” radio series launched in 2021 advocated simple changes that could transform health and wellbeing.

“I remember him as a bright spark who although now sadly extinguished, will live on through his influential ‘Just One Thing,’" said Mark Miodownik, a materials science professor at University College London, who had worked with Mosley. “Science has lost one of its best and most influential communicators. His warmth and connection to the audience was remarkable."

The search for Mosley began when he didn't return after leaving his wife and friends and going for a walk from Agios Nikolaos beach near where he was staying.

Searchers on foot, divers in the water, helicopters and drones from above and parties combing the shore from boats spent four days looking for Mosley.

CCTV footage that was believed to be the last known sighting him had shown him walking through a village with a black umbrella overhead to protect himself from the sun.

But footage released Monday appeared to show him scrambling down a rock slope next to a fence and falling out of view where his body was later found.

On Sunday, a boat with the mayor and a group of journalists was scanning the rugged slope when a cameraman saw something dark among the rocks.

The mayor took a photo of the camera display and zoomed in.

“It has a good resolution,“ he said. “It was the missing man.”

Ilias Tsavaris, a bar manager at the Agia Marina, said he scrambled up the hillside after getting a call from the boat telling him to confirm the sighting.

“When I walked up I saw something like a body,” he said. “You don’t see a dead body everyday, it is not a warzone, it’s summer, you are supposed to have fun and swimming.”

Clare Bailey Mosley thanked the people of Symi for their tireless search for a man they didn't know.

“Some of these people on the island, who hadn’t even heard of Michael, worked from dawn till dusk unasked,” she said.

Melley reported from London. Associated Press writer Costas Kantouris contributed from Thessaloniki, Greece.

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

People sit on the beach of Agios Nikolaos from where British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, is believed to have set out, on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June 7, 2024. Greek police say an ongoing major search and rescue operation on the small eastern Aegean island of Symi has still not located British doctor and television presenter Michael Mosley, who went missing on Wednesday afternoon after reportedly going for a walk. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The small village of Pedi, where some reports indicate missing British doctor and TV presenter Michael Mosley was sighted, is seen on the southeastern Aegean Sea island of Symi, Greece, Friday, June, 7, 2024. Mosley went missing on Wednesday afternoon while on vacation on Symi, and authorities said a search and rescue operation that continued on Friday had found no trace of him. (AP Photo/Antonis Mystiloglou)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley lies on a rocky area on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

The body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley is carried from the spot where was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

An ambulance drives through the entrance of a state-run hospital on the island of Rhodes, where the body of British TV presenter Michael Mosley was taken following his death while on vacation on the nearby island of Symi, on Monday, June 10, 2024. Family members have traveled to Rhodes to receive the results of an autopsy to establish the cause of death of the 67-year-old presenter.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

A general view of the area where the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the BBC on Sunday, June 9, 2024, doctor and broadcaster Michael Mosley speaks on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. Police said that a body believed to be that of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley was found on a Greek island Sunday morning. A police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation, said the body was found on a rocky coast by a private boat and that formal identification was pending. (Jeff Overs/BBC via AP)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

Firemen and policemen stand around the body of missing British TV presenter Michael Mosley on the island of Symi, Sunday, June 9, 2024. The family of missing British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley have confirmed his body has been found on a Greek island. Mosley’s wife said Sunday in a statement that her husband had gone for a hike and took the wrong route and collapsed in a place where his body couldn’t easily be seen. (AP Photo/Panormitis Chatzigiannakis)

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EPA awards $4.3 billion to fund projects in 30 states to reduce climate pollution

2024-07-22 21:44 Last Updated At:21:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $4.3 billion in grants to fund projects in 30 states to reduce climate pollution. The money will go to 25 projects targeting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electric power, commercial and residential buildings, industry, agriculture and waste and materials management.

The grants are paid for by the 2022 climate law approved by congressional Democrats. The law, officially known as the Inflation Reduction Act, includes nearly $400 billion in spending and tax credits to accelerate the expansion of clean energy such as wind and solar power, speeding the nation's transition away from the oil, coal and natural gas that largely cause climate change.

The latest round of grants includes $396 million to Pennsylvania to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions from cement, asphalt and other material. EPA Administrator Michael Regan will join Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro in Pittsburgh on Monday to announce grant recipients in his state, a political battleground in the 2024 election, and across the nation.

Senior EPA leaders also will join Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of California on Monday to announce nearly $500 million for transportation and freight decarbonization at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The grants will provide incentives for electric charging equipment, zero-emission freight vehicles and conversion of cargo handling equipment to lower emissions.

“President Biden understands that America needs a strong EPA,'' Regan told reporters Friday, noting the Democratic administration “has made the largest climate investment in history, providing billions of dollars to state, local and tribal governments to tackle climate change with the urgency it demands.''

The funds, to be delivered this fall, "will help implement community-driven solutions that reduce air pollution, advance environmental justice and help accelerate America’s clean energy transition,'' Regan said.

Shapiro, a Democrat who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick now that Biden has stepped down from the presidential race, said his administration has taken action to address climate change while continuing to create energy jobs and expand the economy.

The grant being announced Monday “is one of the largest federal grants Pennsylvania has ever received,'' Shapiro said in a statement ahead of Monday's announcement. The state will work with RISE PA, a new initiative aimed at reducing industrial sector emissions in Pennsylvania.

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy will receive $307 million to boost “climate-smart” agriculture and reduce agricultural waste from livestock, officials said. The grant also will fund projects to improve energy efficiency in commercial and industrial facilities and low-income households, as well as deploy solar panels and electrify irrigation wells.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird of Lincoln, Nebraska, said the grant will enhance energy efficiency of homes and commercial buildings in her city. A city analysis indicates that investing in energy efficiency and electrification could reduce Lincoln’s emissions by 77% by 2050, Baird said on a White House call Friday.

The grant also will ensure Lincoln residents have "equitable access to the clean energy transition'' by providing assistance to low-income residents, she said.

Other grants include nearly $250 million to boost electric vehicle infrastructure along Interstate 95 from Maryland to Connecticut. The project will provide charging infrastructure for commercial zero-emission vehicles and provide technical assistance for workforce development along the I-95 corridor, one of the most heavily traveled in the nation.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine will get a total of $450 million to accelerate adoption of cold-climate heat pumps and water heaters.

Michigan will get $129 million to accelerate the siting, zoning and permitting of renewable energy. The grants will help Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, another potential vice presidential choice, achieve a goal of 60% renewable energy by 2035.

Follow the AP's coverage of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at https://apnews.com/hub/us-environmental-protection-agency.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference overlooking the Susquehanna River from a balcony at the offices of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference overlooking the Susquehanna River from a balcony at the offices of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

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