Environment and nature

April 17, 2019 - 3:10 am
TOKYO (AP) — Cartoonist Monkey Punch, best known as the creator of a Japanese megahit comic series of master thief Lupin The Third, has died at age of 81. His office, MP Pictures, said Wednesday that Monkey Punch, whose real name is Kazuhiko Kato, died of pneumonia on April 11. The story of Lupin's...
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In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, destroyed grain silos, a result of flooding, spill corn onto a muddy field, are seen on a farm in Bellevue, Neb. Extensive flooding along the Missouri River has led to blistering criticism of the Army Corps of Engineers' management of dams and levees that control conditions along the waterway. A Wednesday, April 17, 2019, field hearing in Glenwood, Iowa, before a U.S. Senate panel likely will be dominated by calls to change the Corps' priorities to put greater emphasis on protecting people and property. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
April 17, 2019 - 2:12 am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — This spring's massive flooding along the Missouri River unearthed bitter criticism of the federal agency that manages the river while devastating communities and causing more than $3 billion in damage. The flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' actions will be the focus...
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A woman with a child carries an empty container and water purification pills that came in the first aid shipment from the International Red Cross in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The first shipment of humanitarian aid from the Red Cross arrived in Venezuela on Tuesday, delivering medicine and supplies for needy patients in a country whose president has long denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 16, 2019 - 7:18 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery...
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In this image taken from video provided by the International Red Cross, volunteers load into waiting vehicles the first shipment of humanitarian aid from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Red Cross announced in late March that it had obtained permission from officials to begin delivering assistance to the crisis-stricken country. (International Committee of the Red Cross via AP)
April 16, 2019 - 5:39 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly-needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2012, file photo, Ned S. Gilmore, collections manager of vertebrate zoology, shows a hellbender salamander in the collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal salamander that can grow to be more than two feet long. The House voted 191-6 on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, and Gov. Tom Wolf's office said he plans to sign it. AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 16, 2019 - 5:18 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, which can grow to be more than 2 feet (a half...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, walks with climate analyst John Davis, of Hamburg, Iowa, while touring flood damage, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Hamburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 16, 2019 - 3:07 pm
HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently toured this waterlogged town near the Missouri River, blasting President Donald Trump as complicit in the flooding that has plagued large swaths of western Iowa in recent weeks. "We have a president who says that climate change is a hoax,"...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. Zinke has landed a more than $100,000-a-year job with a Nevada gold-mining firm. Zinke confirmed by phone Tuesday, April 16, he has accepted a consulting and board position with U.S. Gold Corp., a company with business before Zinke's former agency, the Interior Department. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
April 16, 2019 - 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago. Zinke told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his work for...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington. Zinke has landed a more than $100,000-a-year job with a Nevada gold-mining firm. Zinke confirmed by phone Tuesday, April 16, he has accepted a consulting and board position with U.S. Gold Corp., a company with business before Zinke's former agency, the Interior Department. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
April 16, 2019 - 2:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has a new job: a more than $100,000-a-year post with a gold-mining firm that's pursuing project approvals involving the federal agency that Zinke left fewer than four months ago. Zinke told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his work for...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, walks with climate analyst John Davis, of Hamburg, Iowa, while touring flood damage, Friday, April 12, 2019, in Hamburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
April 16, 2019 - 2:21 pm
HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently toured this waterlogged town near the Missouri River, blasting President Donald Trump as complicit in the flooding that has plagued large swaths of western Iowa in recent weeks. "We have a president who says that climate change is a hoax,"...
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Police officers patrol past a village of tents during a climate protest at Marble Arch in London, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
April 16, 2019 - 1:03 pm
LONDON (AP) — Police say they have arrested more than 200 people after climate change protesters blocked major bridges and intersections in central London, bringing traffic to a standstill. The group Extinction Rebellion is organizing several weeks of civil disobedience against what it says is the...
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