Environment and nature

In this Monday, July 23, 2018 photo, the sun beats down on downtown Phoenix. Already devilishly hot for being in the Sonoran desert, Arizona’s largest city is also an “urban heat island,” a phenomenon that pushes up temperatures in areas covered in heat-retaining asphalt and concrete. Phoenix officials say they are tackling urban warming, monitoring downtown temperatures, planting thousands of trees and capturing rainwater to cool off public spaces. (AP Photo/Matt York)
July 26, 2018 - 6:33 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — When temperatures soar as they have this week in downtown Phoenix, homeless people ride the air-conditioned light rail to avoid a heat so brutal it killed 155 people in the city and surrounding areas last year. An occasional siren wails as paramedics rush to help people sick from the...
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Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala, left, listens to South African wildlife veterinary David Zimmerman during a press conference on an investigation on the deaths of several black rhinos, in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, July 26, 2018. At least 8 black rhinos died in July after they were relocated by KWS (Kenya Wildlife Services) to Tsavo East national park from Nairobi and Nakuru national parks for repopulation purposes. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
July 26, 2018 - 1:57 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A tenth critically endangered black rhino has died in Kenya after being moved to a new wildlife park and the sole survivor has been attacked by lions, wildlife authorities said Thursday in what some conservationists have called a national disaster. The Kenya Wildlife Service's...
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July 26, 2018 - 12:55 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has no claim under federal racketeering law for damages against a Dutch environmental group that urged banks not to finance the $3.8 billion project. Judge Billy Roy Wilson dismissed Netherlands-based...
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July 26, 2018 - 11:32 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal agency will designate waters around Hawaii as protected critical habitat for endangered false killer whales. About 17,500 square miles (45,300 square kilometers) of ocean habitat will be protected under a new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's...
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A policeman walks in front of a morgue in Athens, Thursday, July 26, 2018. Relatives searching for loved ones missing in Greece's deadliest forest fire in decades headed to Athens' morgue Thursday, as rescue crews and volunteers continued searches on land and at sea for potential further victims. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 26, 2018 - 11:29 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Frantic relatives headed to the Athens morgue Thursday to seek the fate of loved ones still missing after Greece's deadliest forest fire in decades, while rescue crews and volunteers searched on land and at sea for more potential victims. The death toll from the fire that...
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ARCHIVO - Foto de archivo del 10 de julio de 2017 de Paul McCartney actuando en la Amalie Arena de Tampa, Florida, EEUU. (AP Foto/Scott Audette)
July 26, 2018 - 5:55 am
LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney is planning a return to the famous Liverpool club credited with being the birthplace of the Beatles. McCartney is set to take the stage at the Cavern Club for an exclusive performance on Thursday. The Fab Four played at the cellar bar — now located across the street...
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River Martinez, 10, breaks camp at the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Martinez's family, visiting from Los Angeles, had to cut their stay short as portions of Yosemite close today to allow crews to battle the Ferguson fire burning nearby. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
July 25, 2018 - 9:14 pm
Homes burned as a fast-moving wildfire forced an entire Southern California mountain town to evacuate Wednesday, while tourists emptied from the heart of Yosemite National Park so firefighters could battle a growing blaze nearby. Authorities ordered residents to leave Idyllwild, home to about 12,...
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A hearse leaves with a victim of the fire as policemen stand outside the burned house in Mati, east of Athens, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Rescue crews were searching Wednesday through charred homes and cars for those still missing after the deadliest wildfires to hit Greece in decades decimated seaside areas near Athens, killing at least 79 people and sending thousands fleeing. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 25, 2018 - 5:19 pm
MATI, Greece (AP) — Rescuers intensified a grim house-to-house search Wednesday for more casualties from a deadly forest fire outside Athens, as the country's military said it was using footage from U.S. combat drones and surveillance aircraft to try to determine whether arsonists were behind the...
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Egyptian fisherman Halil Tawefik poses on his fishing boat in Rafina port, east of Athens, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Tawefik says the cries for help pierced the thick, choking smoke as his fishing boat plucked young and old from the sea where they sought refuge from the flames that tore through the seaside report of Rafina. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 25, 2018 - 5:13 pm
RAFINA, Greece (AP) — The cries for help pierced the choking smoke. Dozens of people bobbed in the sea, forced by the vicious flames into the water. Children held onto adults, and people who couldn't swim clung to those who could. That was the scene confronting Tawefik Halil and other fishermen...
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Britain's Chris Froome crosses the finish line of the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 65 kilometers (40.4 miles) with start in Bagneres-de-Luchon and finish in Saint-Lary-Soulan, Col du Portet pass, France, Wednesday July 25, 2018. The Tour de France thinks it has some solutions to liven up the action with today's shorter mountain stage with three grueling climbs, including an uphill finish, intermediate bonus sprints, and a Formula One-like grid start. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
July 25, 2018 - 2:47 pm
SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (AP) — His tongue dangling from his mouth, his pedal stroke strained, Chris Froome's hopes of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title slowly drifted away. Up amid the thin and misty air of the Col du Portet — rated the second toughest climb in Tour history — Froome...
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