Environmental concerns

A monarch butterfly is silhouetted suspended near its empty chrysalis soon after emerging in Washington, Sunday, June 2, 2019. Farming and other human development have eradicated state-size swaths of its native milkweed habitat, cutting the butterfly's numbers by 90% over the last two decades. It is now under considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 14, 2019 - 8:52 am
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and...
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August 14, 2019 - 8:15 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand say they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of a human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They say the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6 meters (5...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in Monaca, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
August 13, 2019 - 4:37 pm
MONACA, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for the construction of a major manufacturing facility in western Pennsylvania as he tries to reinvigorate supporters in the Rust Belt towns that sent him to the White House in 2016. Trump visited Shell's soon-to-be completed...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states has sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, says the new rule violates the federal Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants' greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
August 13, 2019 - 3:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental...
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August 13, 2019 - 12:52 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmental groups that promote renewable energy want North Carolina regulators to cancel a key state water quality permit issued to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Leaders of the North Carolina Climate Solutions Network and Friends of the Earth announced Tuesday their...
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Greta Thunberg poses for a picture in the Marina where the boat Malizia is moored in Plymouth, England Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist who has inspired student protests around the world, is heading to the United States this week - in a sailboat. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
August 13, 2019 - 12:14 pm
PLYMOUTH, England (AP) — Greta Thunberg's two-week voyage to the United States will be no pleasure cruise. The 16-year-old climate change activist who has inspired student protests around the world will leave Plymouth, England, later this week bound for New York in a high-tech but decidedly low-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, a bald eagle takes flight at the Museum of the Shenandaoh Valley in Winchester, Va. While once-endangered bald eagles are booming again in the Chesapeake Bay, the overall trajectory of endangered species and the federal act that protects them isn't so clearcut. (Scott Mason/The Winchester Star via AP, File)
August 12, 2019 - 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved on Monday to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions . The action, which expands the administration's rewrite of...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2019 file photo President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks during an event on the environment in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration has finalized changes to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, a move it says will improve transparency and effectiveness but critics say will drive more creatures to extinction. Bernhardt unveiled the changes Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
August 12, 2019 - 3:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to the Endangered Species Act (all times local): 3:20 p.m. California and Massachusetts say they'll go to court to fight the Trump administration's overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey...
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In this Aug. 2, 2019 photo, trees destroyed by the bark beetle stand in a forest near Oderbrueck in the German state Lower Saxony. The sight of bare trees has stoked debate in Germany about the impact of climate change and what measures this heavily industrialized nation should be taking to adapt to and prevent global warming. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
August 10, 2019 - 11:18 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's forests — long a source of pride and national identity — are feeling the heat. A second consecutive year of unusually dry and warm weather has left swaths of dead and dying trees, fueling fears that the storied woods in more than a few of the fairytales by the Brothers Grimm...
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August 10, 2019 - 11:07 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Environmental groups are urging Georgia officials to reject plans by Georgia Power to store coal waste at five power plants in the state. The Southern Environmental Law Center said in a letter to Georgia environmental officials on Aug. 5 that the utility plans to leave coal ash in...
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