Environment and nature

February 18, 2019 - 10:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which ships millions of packages a year to shopper's doorsteps, says it wants to be greener. The online retail giant announced plans Monday to make half of all its shipments carbon neutral by 2030. To reach that goal, the online retail giant says it will use more renewable...
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Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo, left, deliver his speech and his contender Prabowo Subianto, right, listen during a televised debate in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Indonesia is gearing up to hold its presidential election on April 17 that will pit in the incumbent against the former general. (AP Photo / Achmad Ibrahim)
February 17, 2019 - 11:47 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential candidates debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world's third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns. When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, asked challenger...
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This Thursday, May 24, 2007 photo released by the U. S. Geological Survey shows a burrowing owl in the Salton Sea, Calif. Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. The Los Angeles Times says Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 that the 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years. Scientists attribute the return of the migratory owls to ongoing restoration work in the area. (Douglas Barnum, U. S. Geological Survey via AP))
February 17, 2019 - 4:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the...
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Kevin Tovornik exits his travel camper located in the back yard of his home damaged by flooding from Hurricane Florence near the Crabtree Swamp Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Conway, S.C. Tovornik lost his air conditioner and duct work in the 2016 flood. In 2018, he saved his furniture, but still ended up losing the house.
February 16, 2019 - 6:02 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county's beaches, South Carolina's top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing...
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February 16, 2019 - 10:40 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he intends to appoint Inger Andersen of Denmark as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Guterres made the announcement in a statement issued by his office. Ms...
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February 16, 2019 - 8:29 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday, some conservationists in South Africa are working to protect the endangered animals, including caring for a few that have been rescued from traffickers. The eighth annual pangolin day is celebrated to raise awareness...
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This Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, photo released by Heavenly Mountain Resort shows snow covering chairs and ski equipment at Heavenly Mountain Resort near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Skiers eager to hit the slopes had to sit out a Presidents' Day holiday weekend as heavy snow and rain fell for a fourth straight day Friday in California's mountains, where the snow was so deep in some areas plows couldn't go out and cities were running out of places to pile it. (Duncan Kincheloe/Heavenly Mountain Resort via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 10:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winter weather enveloping California's mountains for a fourth straight day Friday kept skiers from hitting the slopes at the start of the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with snow so deep that plows could not tackle it and cities scrambled to find places to pile it. Several...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, flanked by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, answers a question concerning a probable lawsuit the state will likely file against President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom and Becerra both say there is no emergency at the border and Trump doesn't have the authority to make the declaration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
February 15, 2019 - 8:30 pm
The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail(all times local): 9:30 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is endorsing Sen. Kamala Harris for president in 2020. The Democrat said in an MSNBC interview Friday: "I think the American people could not do better" than Harris. He...
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February 15, 2019 - 4:35 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. government is leading an ambitious effort to develop ways to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production. The Energy Department announced a $15-billion,...
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A Monarch butterfly rests on the finger of a woman in the Amanalco de Becerra sanctuary, on the mountains near the extinct Nevado de Toluca volcano, in Mexico, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The monarch butterfly population, like that of other insects, fluctuates widely depending on a variety of factors, but scientists say the recoveries after each big dip tend to be smaller, suggesting an overall declining trend. (AP Photo/ Marco Ugarte)
February 15, 2019 - 2:43 pm
AMANALCO DE BECERRA, Mexico (AP) — For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve. Local...
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