Environment and nature

This image from a Caltrans traffic camera shows snow on Interstate 5 in Weed, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Rain, snow and wind swept into California on Wednesday, flooding roadways, toppling trees and disrupting travel while bringing renewed threat of mud and debris flows from the state's huge wildfire burn scars. (Caltrans via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 10:54 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A storm fueled by a plume of moisture stretching over the Pacific Ocean almost to Hawaii dumped rain on California Thursday, boosting the threat of debris flows from saturated slopes and flooding from rising creeks and rivers. The storm made stronger by the phenomenon called an...
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Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler walks to a podium a news conference in Philadelphia, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The EPA is expected to announced 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. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 14, 2019 - 9:48 am
Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the immediate...
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February 14, 2019 - 9:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, U.S. forecasters said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the climate feature formed in the central Pacific, but...
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February 14, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forecasters say an El Nino, which alters weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the climate feature called El Nino (ehl NEEN'-yoh) formed in the...
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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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