Environmental concerns

April 01, 2017 - 4:30 pm
COLOMBIA-DEADLY RIVER OVERFLOW-THE LATEST President: Death toll climbs to 154 BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos says the death toll from an avalanche of water near Colombia's border with Ecuador has now reached 154 and is likely to rise further. But he cautioned against...
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April 01, 2017 - 3:39 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway on Saturday kicked off its annual six-month whale hunting season with whalers allowed to kill an increased quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016. The International Whaling Commission imposed a commercial ban on whaling in 1986, but Norway objected...
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April 01, 2017 - 6:47 am
BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch says he doesn't expect an internal investigation into the German automaker's cheating of U.S. diesel emissions standards, which became public in September 2015, to be wrapped up by year's end. Poetsch, who was quoted in Saturday's edition...
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March 31, 2017 - 6:43 am
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. body tasked with tackling climate change says it will wait and see what impact U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to roll back the previous administration's efforts to curb global warming will have. The head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 file photo a bucket-wheel excavator stands on lignite at the LEAG (Lusatian Energy Stock Company) lignite open-cast mine in Jaenschwalde, eastern Germany. LEAG said Thursday, March 30, 2017 that they put plans to enlarge the opencast pit on ice. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
March 31, 2017 - 4:50 am
BERLIN (AP) — The owner of one of Germany's biggest coal mines is shelving plans to expand the site because of government efforts to curb the country's carbon emissions. Czech-owned consortium LEAG said late Thursday that lignite extraction at Jaenschwalde , near Germany's eastern border with...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 file photo a bucket-wheel excavator stands on lignite at the LEAG (Lusatian Energy Stock Company) lignite open-cast mine in Jaenschwalde, eastern Germany. LEAG said Thursday, March 30, 2017 that they put plans to enlarge the opencast pit on ice. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
March 31, 2017 - 3:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — The owner of one of Germany's biggest coal mines is shelving plans to expand the site because of government efforts to curb the country's carbon emissions. Czech-owned consortium LEAG said late Thursday that lignite extraction at a href=' https://apnews.com/...
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March 30, 2017 - 11:52 am
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — People driving in Joshua Tree National Park are being asked to watch out for wildlife after the deaths of three desert tortoises in the past week. Two of the tortoises were killed in a campground. The National Park Service said Wednesday that factors...
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March 29, 2017 - 9:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a bid by environmental groups to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday denied a petition to ban the agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos, reversing...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 file photo, demonstrators gather in front of the White House in Washington, during a rally against President Donald Trump's Energy Independence Executive order. Environmental groups are preparing to go to court to battle Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming. But they say their first order of business is to mobilize a public backlash against an executive order Trump signed on Tuesday that eliminates many restrictions of fossil fuel production. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
March 29, 2017 - 6:20 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo, smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in Colstrip, Mont. President Trump's latest move to support coal mining is unlikely to turn around the industry's prospects immediately. Experts say the biggest problem faced by the mining industry today isn't a coal shortage of coal or even the prospect of climate change regulations, but an abundance of cheap natural gas. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
March 29, 2017 - 1:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order seeking to undo his predecessor's efforts to curb climate change, his administration has asked a federal appeals court to postpone ruling on lawsuits over Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions. The regulations —...
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