Environmental concerns

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchange gifts on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Saturday, June 17, 2017. (Ettore Ferrari/Pool Photo via AP)
June 17, 2017 - 8:37 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal and shared her aim to "bring down walls," and not build them. Merkel and Francis met for about 40 minutes Saturday in the Apostolic Palace,...
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Visitors take a look at the new VW Polo during the world premiere in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 16, 2017. Volkswagen is unveiling a new version of its Polo subcompact, the sixth edition of a car that has sold 14 million copies since it was introduced in 1975. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
June 16, 2017 - 8:14 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is unveiling a new version of its Polo subcompact, the sixth edition of a car that has sold 14 million units since it was introduced in 1975. The new Polo is slightly larger than the previous model and offers safety and driver assistance systems previously...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017, file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma’s state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
June 16, 2017 - 4:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma's state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming...
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Nick Lyon, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director, sighs as he walks out of the court house after his release on a cash bond following his arraignment on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Genesee District Court in downtown Flint. Lyon is charged with misconduct in office for allegedly obstructing university researchers who are studying if the surge in cases was linked to the Flint River. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)
June 15, 2017 - 4:38 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general says prosecuting current and former officials over the lead contamination of Flint's water is a step toward restoring trust in government. But many in the impoverished city still are not convinced. Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO-tee) charged...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, flames from methane burning at the landfill in Coventry, Vt. The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
June 15, 2017 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. The Environmental Protection Agency said it is seeking a two-year delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is seen in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump's environmental chief on Thursday, June 15, 2017, as he defended the administration's proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
June 15, 2017 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump's environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration's proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency. Scott Pruitt, the administrator for the...
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June 15, 2017 - 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers concerned about pollution and global warming have given a cool reception to President Donald Trump's proposal to gut federal funding for environmental programs. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared Thursday before a House Appropriations...
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File - In this July 4, 2016 file photo, the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics is seen from the air, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the cost of putting on last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic was $13.1 billion. Officials say about $2 billion went into building venues, with $11 billion more used to build Olympic-related projects. This included a subway line extension, a cleanup of polluted Guanabara Bay and a renovated port area. Most of the sports venues remain empty, and it’s unclear if they will ever generate enough income to cover maintenance costs. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
June 14, 2017 - 9:48 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An analysis by The Associated Press shows that the cost of putting on last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics was $13.1 billion, paid for with a mix of public and private money. Officials of Brazil's Public Authority for Olympic Legacy said at a news conference Wednesday, the cost...
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June 12, 2017 - 4:56 pm
DENVER (AP) — Government investigators say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had no rules for working around old mines when the agency inadvertently triggered a massive spill from a Colorado mine that polluted rivers in three states. The EPA's Office of Inspector General said Monday the...
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Grass covers the round table where environment ministers sit at the opening of a two-day G7 summit on the environment, in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)
June 12, 2017 - 11:57 am
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — The United States refused Monday to sign on to a Group of Seven pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change. The G-7 environment ministers issued a final communique Monday after their two-day meeting, the first since the...
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