Environment and nature

FILE - In this May 17, 2019 file photo, Smog blankets the sky in Mexico City. Both lower schools and universities were closed for a third straight day for the pollution alert triggered by smoke from ongoing brush fires combined with the lack of rain. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
September 29, 2019 - 6:53 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The planet is heating. Island nations are slipping away. A Pakistan-India nuclear war could be a "bloodbath." Governments aren't working together like they used to. Polarization is tearing us apart. Killing. Migration. Poverty. Corruption. Inequality. Sovereignty violations...
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Tuvalu's Deputy Prime Minister Minute Taupo addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 28, 2019 - 9:43 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Overshadowed by other concerns, the war in Syria got some attention Saturday and leaders from assorted island nations pleaded for their survival as they urged the U.N. General Assembly to take action that would help stop them from sinking into the ocean. Syria's plight remains...
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September 27, 2019 - 9:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Engaged in environmental battles with the Trump administration on multiple fronts, California Gov. Gavin Newsom angered some allies on Friday by vetoing a bill aimed at blunting federal rollbacks of clean air and endangered species regulations in the state. The bill would...
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Thunberg says she delivered the same message to Trudeau that she gives to all politicians -- that he needs to listen to the science and act on it. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 8:04 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg said Friday she doesn't understand why grown-ups and world leaders would mock children and teens for acting on science, responding to attacks on her campaign as students conducted a second wave of global protests demanding action on climate change...
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In this Aug. 6, 2019 photo provided by David Leaning Samuel Clemens' signature is seen inside the Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal, Mo., Clemens' boyhood home. Experts say it is almost certainly an authentic signature made by Clemens during his youth in Hannibal. (Photo Courtesy David Leaning via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 2:10 pm
A pair of Mark Twain enthusiasts who have searched for more than two decades say they've found what appears to be Samuel Clemens' signature from his youth scrawled on the wall of the Missouri cave he made famous in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." In the mid-1800s, long before he took on the pen...
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 photo, George Johnson points to a thermostat at the barber shop where he works in Longwood, Fla. Johnson says he rarely uses public transportation but is worried about climate change and keeps his driving to a minimum. He sometimes takes other conservation steps such as eating vegetarian meals and planting trees while always turning off unnecessary lights. “You’ve got to start somewhere,” he said. “If everybody just turned off their lights one hour or anything, it can help.” (AP Photo/John Raoux)
September 27, 2019 - 1:05 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Americans are only willing to go so far in terms of habits that conserve energy and reduce emissions that are warming the planet. That's according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll adds to research showing that many...
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In this image made from video provided by Elton Neves and taken on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, dead dolphins are seen on a beach on Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde. Authorities in the Cape Verde islands are waiting for experts from Spain to help determine why more than 100 dolphins died on a local beach. Local media report that around 200 melon-headed dolphins were found on a beach on Boa Vista island on Tuesday. Officials, residents and tourists managed to drag some of them back out to sea, but many returned. (Elton Neves via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 10:38 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in the Cape Verde islands off West Africa are waiting for experts from Spain to help determine why more than 100 dolphins died on a local beach. Local media report that around 200 melon-headed dolphins were found on a beach on Boa Vista island on Tuesday...
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Britain's Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola Friday Sept. 27, 2019, during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, on day five of the royal tour of Africa. Prince Harry is following in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped to lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 9:50 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A body armor-wearing Prince Harry on Friday followed in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped to lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons. The prince walked through a dusty mine field marked with...
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September 27, 2019 - 9:18 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of Bosnians on Friday rallied against plans by neighboring Croatia to store part of the waste from the region's only nuclear plant near its border with Bosnia and the area's main river, which is known for its natural beauty. The protesters in the...
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In this Sept. 18, 2019 photo, a Lebanese deminer from Humanity and Inclusion, a French-based international non-governmental organization, removes sand from around an anti-personal mine, at a cedar forest, in Hadath El-Jebbeh, north Lebanon. Three decades after Lebanon's civil war ended, deminers are still working to clear this mountainous region in northern Lebanon famous for its forests of centuries-old cedar trees. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
September 27, 2019 - 4:38 am
HADATH EL-JEBBEH, Lebanon (AP) — Kneeling beneath Lebanon's ancient cedars, Waheeb Humayed peers through a protective visor and waves a metal detector until he hears the tell-tale beep. He clips the grass, pushes a small prodder into the ground and gently sweeps the dirt away with a garden trowel,...
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