Environment and nature

December 14, 2017 - 4:54 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say they'll sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if it certifies General Electric Co.'s $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River is complete. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, both Democrats, say Thursday that...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during a news conference near Gold Butte National Monument in Bunkerville, Nev. Newly released records show Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer. Records released by the Interior Department show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on a July helicopter tour above two national monuments in Nevada. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of employees at the Interior Department said they were harassed or discriminated against in the previous year, the department said Thursday as it released a report on workplace conditions at the sprawling agency. Results from an anonymous survey of the...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Monte Rio volunteer firefighter Gabriela Gibson sprays down hot spots on a half-acre fire in timber above Monte Rio, Calif., after a controlled burn crossed containment lines and wind blew embers in to the timber. California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is helping drive plans to do more “controlled burns” that thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that if left unchecked can feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives. The goal for 2018 is to burn at least 20,000 acres and to clear another 20,000 by crews using chain saws, bulldozers and other machinery. (Kent Porter/Santa Rosa Press Democrat via AP, File)
December 14, 2017 - 3:21 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during a news conference near Gold Butte National Monument in Bunkerville, Nev. Newly released records show Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer. Records released by the Interior Department show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on a July helicopter tour above two national monuments in Nevada. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 2:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of employees at the Interior Department say they have been harassed or discriminated against in the past year, the department said Thursday. Results from the department's survey of its 70,000 employees, who answered anonymously, show that 8 percent reported...
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December 14, 2017 - 10:27 am
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A program that reduces power plant emissions in the Northeast is being eyed by states looking to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative includes nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. It has been credited with reducing carbon...
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December 14, 2017 - 3:55 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have commandeered supplies of natural gas to heat homes, disrupting supplies to industry, after efforts to clear smog-choked air by banning coal use led to energy shortages in frigid weather. Utility companies in areas throughout China have reduced or cut off gas...
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December 14, 2017 - 12:21 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government is recommending reducing the commercial fishing quota for butterfish by more than 40 percent in the coming year. Butterfish are small fish that are used for food and bait. They're caught along the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
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December 14, 2017 - 12:17 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — The federal government is recommending reducing the commercial fishing quota for butterfish by more than 40 percent in the coming year. Butterfish are small fish that are used for food and bait. They're caught along the East Coast. The National Oceanic and...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael...
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December 13, 2017 - 10:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn his nomination after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. A White House official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Michael Dourson has...
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