Environmental concerns

In this Jan. 30, 2018, photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Newly released emails show Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency’s website, especially President Obama’s signature effort to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 02, 2018 - 1:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency's website, especially President Obama's signature effort to reduce planet-warming...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, German Chancellor Angela Merkel drinks water during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey. The European Union said Thursday Feb.1, 2018, the rules governing water quality will change to improve access to drinking water and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)
February 01, 2018 - 10:22 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is revamping its water quality rules to address possible new health hazards and limit plastic waste by discouraging people from drinking bottled water. The European Commission said Thursday the rules will oblige the bloc's 28 countries to improve access to...
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January 31, 2018 - 8:53 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors in the German city of Stuttgart are investigating two employees of auto components and technology firm Robert Bosch LLC in the U.S. on suspicion of being accessories to fraud in connection with manipulated diesel emissions in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Prosecutors...
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Animal conservation activists hold placards and a picture of an elephant outside the Legislative Council, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, to urge Hong Kong lawmakers to approve a ban on ivory sales. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 31, 2018 - 6:56 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a government proposal banning local ivory trading in the Chinese territory by 2021, with conservation groups hailing it as a major victory in the fight to save elephants. Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the measure, voting...
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January 31, 2018 - 2:41 am
DENVER (AP) — Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains, and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface with devastating effects. One such disaster...
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Mexican gray wolf leaves cover at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, N.M. U.S. wildlife managers failed to adopt a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf that would protect against illegal killings and the consequences of inbreeding, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 by environmentalists. (Jim Clark/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)
January 30, 2018 - 2:56 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers failed to adopt a recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf that would protect against illegal killings and the consequences of inbreeding, according to lawsuits filed Tuesday by environmentalists. Two coalitions of environmental groups filed...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017 file photohe brand logo of German car maker Volkswagen, VW, is photographed on a car in Berlin, Germany. The chairman of Volkswagen says that diesel exhaust tests involving monkeys were "totally incomprehensible" and the matter must be "investigated fully and unconditionally." Monday's comments by Hans Dieter Poetsch, reported by the dpa news agency, come in the wake of a report by the New York Times that a research group funded by auto companies exposed monkeys to diesel exhaust from a late-model Volkswagen, while another group was exposed to fumes from an older Ford pickup. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
January 30, 2018 - 12:05 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen has suspended its head of external relations and sustainability in response to widespread public criticism over experiments in which monkeys were exposed to diesel exhaust. The company said in a statement Tuesday that Thomas Steg was stepping away from...
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January 30, 2018 - 12:03 pm
The federal government says the oceanic whitetip shark will be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act to help the species recover. The shark lives along the East Coast of the United States, off southern California and in international waters all over the world. Conservation group...
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German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, right, greets EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella ahead of an EU ministerial meeting on air quality at EU headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
January 30, 2018 - 9:19 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top environment official on Tuesday warned several member countries that they face legal action if they continue to flout the bloc's air quality standards. Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella said Tuesday that "we cannot go on postponing and delaying," noting...
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January 29, 2018 - 1:24 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Neighbors of Duke Energy Corp.'s unlined coal ash pits in North Carolina went to court after the company said their $5,000 "good will" payments required them to give up future health claims linked to contaminated well water, but now they're ending the lawsuit. Lawyers...
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