Environmental concerns

April 21, 2017 - 11:10 am
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker. U.S. District Judge Sean Cox stuck to the...
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April 20, 2017 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday he's issued a 90-day delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Kenosha, Wis. Trump, the "America First" president who vowed to extricate the U.S. from onerous overseas commitments, appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 20, 2017 - 5:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "America First" president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal. From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, President Donald...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to employees of the EPA in Washington. Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three Cabinet agencies. The letters, obtained by The Associated Press, show the companies asked them “to set aside” the results of government studies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 20, 2017 - 3:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO also heads a White House...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump gives the pen he used to sign an executive order to Dow Chemical President, Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris, as other business leaders applaud in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Liveris is a close adviser to President Donald Trump. The company gave $1 million for Trump’s inaugural activities.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
April 20, 2017 - 3:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates...
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FILE - This 2016 file photo provided by The Xerces Society shows a rusty patched bumblebee in Minnesota, which was officially designated an endangered species March 21, 2017. A federal judge ruled Monday, April 17, 2017, that because of the bumblebee's status, construction on a multimillion-dollar suburban Chicago road project has to stop. Court documents say the bee was found along the parkway's route in the Brunner Family Forest Preserve. The order is in place at least until April 25. (Sarah Foltz Jordan/The Xerces Society via AP, File)
April 19, 2017 - 6:54 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A highway in suburban Chicago has become the second Midwest road construction project delayed temporarily because of concerns about possible harm to a bumblebee recently listed as an endangered species. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman this week halted work on the nearly 6-...
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Movie star Jackie Chan attends the global launch of the Buick Velite 5, a extended range electric hybrid ahead of the Shanghai Auto 2017 show in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. At the auto show, the global industry's biggest marketing event of the year, almost every global and Chinese auto brand is showing at least one electric concept vehicle, if not a market-ready model. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 19, 2017 - 4:26 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — Volvo Cars, the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker, announced plans Wednesday to manufacture electric cars in China for sale worldwide starting in 2019 amid pressure by Beijing for global auto brands to help develop its fledgling industry in alternatives to gasoline. The announcement...
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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver speaks during a press conference, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at City Hall in Flint, Mich., where Weaver officially recommended that the city remain a long-term customer of what was the Detroit water system and abandon an effort to treat its own raw water again. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)
April 18, 2017 - 4:24 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint's mayor reversed course Tuesday and recommended that the Michigan city beset by a man-made crisis that left its drinking water supply contaminated with lead continue getting its drinking water from a Detroit-area system long term, saying a third switch would be too risky...
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President Donald Trump talks with children as be sits down to write a letter to a service member during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 18, 2017 - 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House meeting Tuesday where President Donald Trump's aides were to hash out whether to keep the U.S. as part of an international agreement to reduce climate-warming carbon emissions has been postponed. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed the postponement on...
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In this photo provided by Jim Best/University of Illinois, taken in 2016, a close-up view of the ice-walled canyon at the terminus of the Kaskawulsh Glacier, with recently collapsed ice blocks. This canyon now carries almost all meltwater from the toe of the glacier down the Kaskawulsh Valley and toward the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean instead of the Bering Sea. (Jim Best/University of Illinois via AP)
April 17, 2017 - 12:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call "river piracy" and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to another. That changed the Slims River from a 10-foot (3...
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