Environmental concerns

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, June 3, 2019. The Food and Drug Administration's first broad testing of food for a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds found high levels in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 03, 2019 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration's first broad testing of food for a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds found substantial levels in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according to unreleased findings FDA...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 file photo, a bird flies past as smoke emits from the chimneys of Serbia's main coal-fired power station near Kostolac, Serbia. People in all major cities across the Western Balkans face alarming levels of air pollution that are reducing resident’s life expectancies, as the underdeveloped, politically fragile region is still heavily reliant on burning coal to generate electricity and heat, the U.N. Environment Program said in a new report on Monday June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
June 03, 2019 - 7:04 am
SARAVEJO, Bosnia (AP) — The U.N. says people in all major cities across the Western Balkans face alarming levels of air pollution that are reducing their life expectancies because the underdeveloped, politically fragile region is still heavily reliant on burning coal to generate power. The report...
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FILE - This Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, shows a contract employee watching a crews excavate contaminated soil at a site where millions of gallons of jet fuel leaked underground over decades at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M. A coalition of state lawmakers and nonprofit groups took the first step toward suing the U.S. Air Force on Friday, May 31, 2019, saying it wants firm deadlines for cleaning up jet fuel contamination at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city. The coalition filed a notice of intent to sue, saying the contamination at Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque is a danger to public health and the environment. It wants an agreement that sets a cleanup schedule with clear deadlines and penalties. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
May 31, 2019 - 4:54 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of state lawmakers and nonprofit groups took the first step toward suing the U.S. Air Force on Friday, saying it wants firm deadlines for cleaning up jet fuel contamination at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city. The coalition filed a notice of intent to...
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at an energy summit hosted by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and attended by Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 30, 2019 - 3:16 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing "draconian" regulations on oil, gas and coal, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday. Perry made his remarks at an energy conference in Salt Lake City that was briefly interrupted...
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FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks to the media following a roundtable discussion on climate change in Des Moines, Iowa. Top Democratic presidential candidates are one-upping each other with ever-more-ambitious plans on global warming, gun violence, health care and abortion. But largely left out of the policy parade are the thousands of immigrants flooding the U.S. border to seek asylum (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File
May 30, 2019 - 6:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming , curb gun violence , offer universal health care coverage , slash student debt and preserve abortion rights . Largely left out of the policy...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 11, 2016 file photo, New Hampshire state and local officials load boxes of free bottled water in in Litchfield, N.H. New Hampshire is suing eight companies including 3M and Dupont for damage it says has been caused statewide by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to fast-food wrappers. The state becomes the second in the nation to go after the makers of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS and the first to target statewide contamination. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
May 29, 2019 - 8:16 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has sued eight companies including 3M and the DuPont Co. for damage it says has been caused by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers and drinking water. The substances — known collectively as PFAS — have been used in...
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FILE - This Feb. 21, 2012, file photo, shows equipment in the oil fields of the Uintah Basin, southeast of Vernal, Utah. A federal judge said Wednesday, May 29, 2019, U.S. officials must consider the climate change effects from leasing about 250 square miles of public lands in Colorado and Utah for oil and gas exploration. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)
May 29, 2019 - 6:54 pm
DENVER (AP) — U.S. officials must consider climate change effects from leasing about 250 square miles (648 sq. kilometers) of public lands in Colorado and Utah for oil and gas drilling, under a federal court ruling issued Wednesday. The order from U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras in Washington...
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FILE - In this May 23, 2019 file. Photo, tornado damage is seen in Jefferson City, Mo. Eight years to the day after a devastating tornado killed 161 people in Joplin, another big twister ripped through another Missouri community, Jefferson City, but with a far different result: No deaths, no serious injuries. The two storms share a May 22 date, the same state, and both happened in towns of similar size. Both tornadoes ravaged residential areas and business districts. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
May 29, 2019 - 2:14 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After several quiet years, tornadoes have erupted in the United States over the last two weeks as a volatile mix of warm, moist air from the Southeast and persistent cold from the Rockies clashed and stalled over the Midwest. On Tuesday, the U.S. set a new record of 12...
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FILE - In this photo taken on Friday May 24, 2019, youths hold the official portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during a climate march in Paris. Across France, activists have been taking down official portraits of President Emmanuel Macron to protest what they consider his "inaction" against climate change. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
May 28, 2019 - 12:27 pm
BOURG-EN-BRESSE, France (AP) — Across France, activists have been taking down official portraits of President Emmanuel Macron to protest what they consider his "inaction" against climate change. Now they face up to 10 years in prison. The first of several trials targeting the activists opened...
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, from left, pose before the R20 Austrian world summit at Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
May 28, 2019 - 7:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is urging world leaders to acknowledge that global warming "is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced." Thunberg told political and business leaders at a conference in Austria on Tuesday that it's their job to inform the public about the...
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