Environment and nature

FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. The Trump administration announced on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that it has rolled back a landmark Obama-era effort targeting coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
June 19, 2019 - 7:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scientists' increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America's sagging coal industry. As...
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Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, left, shakes hands with EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler after Wheeler signed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule at the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in Washington. Wheeler signed a repeal of one of the Obama era's two biggest climate change initiatives, the Clean Power Plan, and adopting an alternative plan that would loosen regulations on the plants. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 19, 2019 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an environmental rule covering coal-fired power plants (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The Trump administration has ordered a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Environmental Protection...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2017, file photo, provided by NOAA Fisheries a North Pacific right whale swims in the Bering Sea west of Bristol Bay. Federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time. Researchers used moored acoustic recorders to capture patterned calls made by male North Pacific right whales. Researchers detected four distinct songs over eight years at five locations in the southeast Bering Sea. (NOAA Fisheries via AP, File)
June 19, 2019 - 5:11 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It's not America's Top 40, but it's a cutting edge song. Federal marine biologists for the first time have recorded singing by one of the rarest whales on the planet, the North Pacific right whale. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers used moored...
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Two Beluga whales touch down at Keflavík Airport in Iceland, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, where they are being re-homed in an open-water sanctuary after spending years in captivity in a Shanghai aquarium. The Cargolux Boeing 747-400ERF freighter aircraft carried Little White and Little Grey 6,000 miles as part of a groundbreaking project by Sea Life Trust. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 3:06 pm
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A pair of seasoned performers received a warm welcome Wednesday in Iceland, where the two beluga whales that previously lived at an aquarium in China will help populate a sanctuary for formerly captive marine mammals. Conservationists celebrated when a plane from Shanghai...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, speaks about NAFTA and Canada-US relations at an Empire Club meeting in Toronto. Craft is President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations. (Chris Donovan/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 1:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next U.S. envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday defended her record on climate change, saying it is a "real risk to our planet" that must be addressed. She also pledged to recuse Kelly Knight Craft told the Senate Foreign Relations...
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Johnny Rowan stands outside Burning River Coffee, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Lakewood, Ohio. Rowan’s is one of 90 active businesses registered with the state that have “burning river” in their names, inspired by the Cuyahoga River’s most famous fire. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
June 18, 2019 - 9:43 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most infamous fire helped spawn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, artists and entrepreneurs have turned old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of Cleveland pride. "Everybody knows Cuyahoga...
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June 18, 2019 - 7:27 am
In a story June 17 about a fire at U.S. Steel's Pennsylvania coke plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously the impact of the mishap on the neighborhood's air quality. The company said air monitoring equipment indicated that sulfur dioxide levels did not exceed emissions limits around the...
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June 18, 2019 - 7:11 am
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A 5-year-old horse died of a suspected heart attack during a race at Laurel Park, the 12th racehorse to die in Maryland this year. The Baltimore Sun reports the mare named Follow the Petals collapsed on Sunday immediately after she had taken the lead in her race. The jockey was...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Kelsey Rose Juliana, of Eugene, Ore, speaks at a rally for a group of young people who filed an environmental lawsuit against the U.S. government in Portland, Ore. Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola, File)
June 17, 2019 - 10:36 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, June 13, 2019 sled dogs make their way in northwest Greenland with their paws in melted ice water. Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming. Over the weekend, a picture taken by Danish climate researchers showing sled dogs on the ice in northwest Greenland with their paws in melted ice water was widely shared on social media. Greenland’s ice melting season normally runs from June to August but the Danish Meteorological Institute said this year's melting started on April 30, the second-earliest time on record going back to 1980. (Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut/Steffen M. Olsen via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 4:08 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming. Officials meeting in the western city of Bonn for the June 17-27 talks are focusing on resolving issues...
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