Environmental concerns

November 02, 2017 - 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA says the ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest peak since 1988. The huge hole in Earth's protective ozone layer reached its maximum in September, and this year NASA says it was 7.6 million square miles wide (19.6 million square kilometers). NASA scientist Paul...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2015 photo, the wake of a supply vessel heading towards a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. Taylor Energy, who has failed to stop a 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, is asking for more time to negotiate a settlement that could allow it to recover millions of dollars it set aside for work to end the leak. A court filing Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, says Taylor Energy Co. representatives and U.S. officials have met four times in the past year to discuss possible terms of a settlement that would resolve its lawsuit against the federal government. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
November 02, 2017 - 4:57 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A company that has failed to stop a 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is asking for more time to negotiate a settlement that could allow it to recover millions of dollars it set aside for work to end the leak. A court filing Thursday says Taylor Energy Co...
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This June 18, 2017, photo provided by Nils Ribi Photography shows the Milky Way over the Smoky Mountains near Ketchum, Idaho. The International Dark-Sky Association on Tuesday, Oct. 31 designated the central Idaho city of Ketchum an International Dark Sky Community, only the 16th in the world. (Nils Ribi Photography via AP)
November 02, 2017 - 2:36 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The stars are aligning for Idaho — mainly because they're visible. The International Dark-Sky Association this week named the central Idaho city of Ketchum an International Dark Sky Community, only the 16th in the world, after years of efforts to limit excess artificial light...
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This undated photo released by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme shows a Tapanuli orangutan with its baby in Batang Toru Ecosystem in Tapanuli, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Scientists are claiming an isolated and tiny population of orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with frizzier hair and smaller heads are a new species of great ape. It's believed that there are no more than 800 of the primates that researchers named Pongo tapanuliensis, making it the most endangered great ape species. (James Askew/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme via AP)
November 02, 2017 - 12:09 pm
A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say. But the newest member of the family tree of advanced animals that include humans may not be around much longer. Their numbers are so small, and their habitat so...
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November 01, 2017 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Energy Department decisions approving three projects to export liquefied natural gas, a boost for the Trump administration's strategy to increase energy production and promote exports. The Sierra Club was seeking to overturn approvals of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009, file photo, heavy equipment moves coal outside Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain mine near Roundup, Mont. A judge has given a reprieve to the owners of the central Montana coal mine who had warned layoffs were imminent after the mine’s expansion plans were blocked. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 that preparatory work in the expansion area can proceed while the mine’s climate change impacts are further studied. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
October 31, 2017 - 9:05 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A large Montana coal mine averted dozens of layoffs on Tuesday after a judge allowed work to proceed on an expansion, even as the government reconsiders the mine's contribution to climate change. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy allows Signal Peak Energy to...
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FILE - This Jan. 30, 2012, file photo, shows a sign at an Exxon Mobil refinery in California. Exxon Mobil is settling air pollution cases with the Trump administration by paying a $2.5 million civil penalty and promising to spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at several plants along the Gulf Coast. Federal officials said Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, that the settlement will prevent thousands of tons of future pollution, including cancer-causing benzene, from eight petrochemical plants in Texas and Louisiana. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
October 31, 2017 - 6:01 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil settled violations of the clean-air law with the Trump administration by agreeing to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at plants along the Gulf Coast. Federal officials said Tuesday that the settlement will prevent...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. The UN Climate Change Conference 2017 will take place under Presidency of the Government of Fiji in Bonn, Germany and starts on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
October 31, 2017 - 11:02 am
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. environment program said Tuesday the United States is likely to live up to the Paris climate deal despite President Donald Trump's planned pullout, because "all the big American companies" are working toward greener operations. The comments from UNEP executive...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, a patient suffering from dengue fever lies in a hospital bed in Peshawar, Pakistan. Cases of dengue fever _ a painful mosquito-borne spread disease _ have doubled every decade since 1990 with 58.4 million cases and 10,000 deaths in 2013. Dr. Howard Frumkin, a former environmental health director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said climate change, which allows mosquitoes to live in more places and stay active longer with shorter freeze seasons, is part but not all of the reason. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
October 30, 2017 - 8:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is hurting people's health a bit more than previously thought, but there's hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other experts said. The poor and elderly are most threatened by worsening climate...
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This Oct. 23, 2017, photo provided by Scott Babcock shows a seal that wound up on the runway at the airport in Utiqiagvik, Alaska. A sled was brought in to remove the seal in the community formerly known as Barrow, Alaska. (Scott Babcock via AP)
October 28, 2017 - 7:19 am
A HIPPOPOTAMUS SPOTTED US: FIONA THE HIPPO WATCHES AS COUPLE GET ENGAGED CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo's popular baby hippo, Fiona, has drawn a lot of love but perhaps none quite like this moment: From her exhibit, she got a front-row seat to a wedding proposal between two of her fans. A...
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