Environment and nature

In this undated photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 6:58 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea released a series of photos Wednesday showing leader Kim Jong Un riding a white horse to a sacred mountain he has often climbed before making key decisions. Near the mountain, Kim reportedly vowed to overcome U.S.-led sanctions that he said had both pained and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019, file photo, two visitors ride their bikes along the road at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California's Mojave Desert. A conservation organization has petitioned for protection of the western Joshua tree under the California Endangered Species Act due to the effects of climate change and habitat destruction. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the petition with the state Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
October 15, 2019 - 4:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid...
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Britain's Chris Froome, center, attends the presentation of the Tour de France 2020 cycling race, in Paris, Tuesday Oct. 15, 2019. The 107th edition of the race starts on June 27 2019 to end on the Champs-Elysees avenue on July 19. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 15, 2019 - 8:25 am
PARIS (AP) — Like a giant roller-coaster from start to finish over five mountain ranges, next year's Tour de France will feature new summits and only a few time-trial kilometers. That should delight pure climbers like defending champion Egan Bernal. "With just one time trial, and moreover one with...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump watches as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He speaks to U.S. Trade representative Robert Lighthizer, right, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A truce in a U.S.-Chinese tariff war and Beijing's promises to open more of its state-dominated economy are raising hopes among investors. But China's own state media are trying to temper expectations, while companies express frustration about the halting pace of market opening. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
October 15, 2019 - 6:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — A truce in a U.S.-Chinese tariff war and Beijing's promises to open more of its state-dominated economy are raising investor hopes. But Beijing is trying to temper expectations, while companies express frustration over the halting pace of market-opening. The China Daily, an English-...
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A vehicle sits in front of a home destroyed by Typhoon Hagibis Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Nagano, Japan. More victims and more damage have been found in typhoon-hit areas of central and northern Japan, where rescue crews are searching for people still missing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 15, 2019 - 3:19 am
TOKYO (AP) — The typhoon that ravaged Japan last week hit with unusual speed and ferocity, leaving homes buried in mud and people stranded on rooftops. But nothing spoke more of the powerlessness of modernization against natural disasters than rows of bullet trains deluged in floodwaters in Nagano...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric employees work in the PG&E Emergency Operations Center in San Francisco. Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
October 14, 2019 - 11:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state's large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has preemptively cut the power but by far the largest...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., middle, is introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., left, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, right, during a rally at Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth, Ohio. As Democrats bring their primary debate to Ohio Tuesday, the question is whether the Republican foothold in Appalachia and places like industrial Youngstown is irreversible, whether Ohio is a political battleground no more. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)
October 14, 2019 - 10:20 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn't changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area's coal mining and...
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United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director General Qu Dongyu talks during a press conference at FAO headquarters in Rome, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 ahead of a report State of Food on new estimates of the world’s food that is being lost from production up to the retail level. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 14, 2019 - 9:37 am
ROME (AP) — The United Nations' food agency says around 14% of the food produced globally is lost and is urging action to address the causes of food loss as part of efforts to protect the environment. In a report Monday, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed the need to reduce...
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October 14, 2019 - 9:22 am
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at...
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In this 2014 photo provided by Ryan Parker, two pigs consume discarded milk at Nights And Weekends Homestead in Newport, Maine. The state of Maine has recently clarified rules about giving food waste to pig farms. (Photo courtesy Ryan Parker)
October 13, 2019 - 10:34 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has decided that eating like a pig could be a good thing, especially for schools looking to cut down on food waste. A law saying schools can give food scraps away to pig farmers is now on the books in the state. The practice of feeding human food waste to pigs goes back...
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