Environment and nature

February 14, 2019 - 6:56 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government is reporting progress in the fight against rhino poaching. The environmental affairs ministry said Wednesday that poachers killed 769 rhinos last year, a 25 percent decrease from the number killed for their horns in 2017. Authorities attribute the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, acting Environmental Protection administrator Andrew Wheeler arrives to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The EPA says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants, amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it has not moved aggressively to regulate them. In an interview with ABC News Live, Wheeler calls the chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS, “a very important threat.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 14, 2019 - 5:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid complaints from members of Congress and environmentalists that it's not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. So-called forever chemicals,...
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February 14, 2019 - 5:22 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin is looking into reports of alarmingly high pollution levels in a town in the Urals emanating from a decommissioned copper mine. Carbon dioxide levels in Sibay, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, skyrocketed earlier this month and peaked over the weekend...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, acting Environmental Protection administrator Andrew Wheeler arrives to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The EPA says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants, amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it has not moved aggressively to regulate them. In an interview with ABC News Live, Wheeler calls the chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS, “a very important threat.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 14, 2019 - 12:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid complaints from members of Congress and environmentalists that it's not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. So-called forever chemicals,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, acting Environmental Protection administrator Andrew Wheeler arrives to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The EPA says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants, amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it has not moved aggressively to regulate them. In an interview with ABC News Live, Wheeler calls the chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS, “a very important threat.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 14, 2019 - 12:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it hasn't done enough to regulate them. In an interview with ABC News Live, acting...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg answers an question during an interview with The Associated Press in Orlando, Fla. Bloomberg measures his progress on climate change in metric tons. His political party, it seems, prefers big ideas. Many Democratic presidential contenders embraced the “Green New Deal” immediately after it was released last week. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
February 13, 2019 - 9:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is promoting a new documentary film on climate change, but the billionaire philanthropist says the one person he thinks should see it most — President Donald Trump — likely never will because "it won't be running on Fox." "The...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg answers an question during an interview with The Associated Press in Orlando, Fla. Bloomberg measures his progress on climate change in metric tons. His political party, it seems, prefers big ideas. Many Democratic presidential contenders embraced the “Green New Deal” immediately after it was released last week. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
February 13, 2019 - 8:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is criticizing President Donald Trump for ignoring his administration's climate scientists and failing to take action to address climate change. The former New York City mayor made the remarks Wednesday at a showing of a movie he...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, acting Environmental Protection administrator Andrew Wheeler arrives to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The EPA says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants, amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it has not moved aggressively to regulate them. In an interview with ABC News Live, Wheeler calls the chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS, “a very important threat.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 13, 2019 - 7:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that the agency has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator...
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February 13, 2019 - 7:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew...
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FILE - This June 3, 2014, file photo shows a panoramic view of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro Ky. President Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry will be tested this week when a utility board he appoints weighs whether to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. An environmental assessment by the Tennessee Valley Authority recommends shuttering the remaining coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The board could vote on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
February 13, 2019 - 4:21 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's support for the coal industry — and for a particular power plant — will face a test this week when a utility board he appoints considers whether to close a coal-fired Kentucky plant whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. An...
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