Environment and nature

May 03, 2018 - 1:06 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Pacific nation of Vanuatu is preparing to permanently evacuate the entire population of one of its islands as thick ash spewing from a volcano kills crops, dirties water supplies and fouls the air. The 10,000 or so people who remain on Ambae island have mixed...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2017, file photo, people relax on the beach in Waikiki in Honolulu. Many sunscreen makers could soon be forced to change their formulas or be banned from selling lotions in Hawaii. Hawaii state lawmakers on Tuesday passed a measure that would ban the local sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate by 2021 in an effort to protect coral reefs.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
May 02, 2018 - 8:56 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Many sunscreen makers could soon be forced to change their formulas or be banned from selling the lotions in Hawaii. State lawmakers passed a measure this week that would ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate by 2021 in an effort to protect coral reefs...
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May 02, 2018 - 5:02 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing to ease restrictions on oil and gas leasing and other activities across a huge swath of the American West that were enacted to protect a declining bird species. Interior Department officials on Wednesday released a draft of their proposed...
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This April 30, 2018 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows shows a layer of red ash on top of an active lava flow with surface breakouts in Kilauea Volcano near Honolulu, Hawaii. Dozens of earthquakes are rattling Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano as magma flows into a new area east of the Puu Oo vent. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the increased activity Wednesday, May 2, 2018, is associated with the collapse of the crater floor at the Puu Oo vent. (U.S. Gelological Survey via AP)
May 02, 2018 - 4:23 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of earthquakes were rattling Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano on Wednesday as underground magma moved into a new area east of the Puu Oo (POO'-oo OH'-oh) vent. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the increased activity is associated with the...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, April, 24, 2018 and supplied by The Wildlife Alliance, a critically endangered radiated tortoise is recovering from capture by wildlife traffickers in Madagascar at feeding time at a wildlife facility where it is being taken care of by international conservationists. More than 10,000 of the tortoises had been crammed into a home in Toliara, Madagascar, with no access to food or water until police found them. The radiated tortoises had likely been poached for the illegal pet trade, possibly in Asia. (Susie Bartlett / The Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
May 02, 2018 - 3:36 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who crammed the creatures into a home with no access to food or water. The Turtle Survival Alliance and other groups are...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, April, 24, 2018 and supplied by The Wildlife Alliance, a critically endangered radiated tortoise is recovering from capture by wildlife traffickers in Madagascar at feeding time at a wildlife facility where it is being taken care of by international conservationists. More than 10,000 of the tortoises had been crammed into a home in Toliara, Madagascar, with no access to food or water until police found them. The radiated tortoises had likely been poached for the illegal pet trade, possibly in Asia. (Susie Bartlett / The Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
May 02, 2018 - 9:20 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who had crammed them into a home with no access to food or water. The Turtle Survival Alliance and other groups are caring...
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May 02, 2018 - 9:11 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who had crammed them into a home with no access to food or water. The Turtle Survival Alliance and other groups are caring...
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May 02, 2018 - 7:31 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who had crammed them into a home with no access to food or water. The Turtle Survival Alliance and other groups are caring...
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CORRECTS THE POSITION OF PERROTTA TO LEFT, NOT SECOND LEFT - FILE - In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at a news conference with Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, left, in East Chicago, Ind. Pruitt is announcing the departure of two top aides amid ethics investigations at the agency. Pruitt says his security chief, Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, was retiring. He gave no cause, but Pruitt's spending on security at the EPA is the subject of ongoing federal investigations. Pruitt also announced the departure of Albert Kelly, a former Oklahoma banker in charge of the toxic waste cleanups. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
May 01, 2018 - 9:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The two top officials in charge of security and toxic-waste cleanups at the Environmental Protection Agency have abruptly left their jobs, days after EPA administrator Scott Pruitt told lawmakers that his subordinates were to blame for alleged ethical lapses that have prompted...
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May 01, 2018 - 8:05 pm
STOCK ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who allegedly slapped the water near a group of mating manatees has found himself being slapped with a harassment charge. A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report identifies the culprit as Luis Miguel Perez, a 49-year-old fisherman in the Key West...
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