Environment

Larry Poell, who lives on top of a Superfund site in Mead, Neb., adjusts Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the overalls of his granddaughter, while visiting a flood relief shelter in Ashland. Poell said federal officials have always maintained that the contaminated plumes are stable, but he wonders if the floodwater caused them to shift. "I'm concerned about it, I think everybody's concerned about it," he said. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
March 28, 2019 - 12:43 pm
MEAD, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the Midwest temporarily cut off a Superfund site in Nebraska that stores radioactive waste and explosives, inundated another one storing toxic chemical waste in Missouri, and limited access to others, according to federal regulators. The Environmental Protection Agency...
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In this Tuesday, March 12, 2019 photo, a loggerhead turtle swims in a tank at a marine animal rehabilitation center near Boston. Warmer waters in New England are proving attractive to sea turtles, but with a catch. Many are swimming north only to be trapped by cooling waters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 28, 2019 - 12:14 am
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper. These were the first tentative steps toward a return to the ocean for this juvenile...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., turns her party's attention to the climate crisis as she leads an event to introduce the "Climate Action Now Act," which focuses on reducing carbon pollution, honoring America's Paris Agreement commitments, and lays the groundwork to expand clean energy, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. From left are, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., who will chair the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Rep. David Trone, D-Md., Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va., and Science, Space and Technology Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 27, 2019 - 4:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly the climate is hot on Capitol Hill. A day after the Senate blocked consideration of the Green New Deal, lawmakers from both parties were still talking about climate change. House Democrats pushed a plan to keep the U.S. in a global climate agreement, while Senate...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005, file photo, tourist Chris Farthing from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture while visiting Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization. Tribes are gathering Thursday, March 21, 2019, to face the Trump administration's pro-drilling stance as they push for further protections surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Federal officials are revamping the management plan for the area around the world heritage site in New Mexico. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)
March 27, 2019 - 1:29 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders are calling on U.S. land managers to put off an upcoming oil and gas lease sale, the latest in an ongoing battle over energy development in a region that's home to a national park and other sites of cultural and historical significance. The tribes say the...
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Beira Mayor Daviz Simango, right, pauses from directing disaster relief operations in Beira, Mozambique, Monday March 25, 2019. Simango dreamed about protecting his people from climate change with much of the city being below sea level on a coastline that experts call one of the world's most vulnerable to global warming's rising waters. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)
March 27, 2019 - 8:43 am
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Long before Cyclone Idai roared in and tore apart Mozambique's seaside city of Beira, the mayor dreamed of protecting his people from climate change. It would be a huge challenge. Large parts of the city of 500,000 residents are below sea level on a coastline that experts...
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Professor John All, center, of Western Washington University, and his team pose for the photograph at a hotel before leaving for Everest region, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. A team of American scientists is heading to the Mount Everest region to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayas and glaciers that are melting due to global warming. The team plans to spend the next two months in the region and climb the world's highest peak while they collect samples and study the ice, snow and vegetation.(AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
March 27, 2019 - 3:09 am
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to global warming. The team led by John All of Western Washington University plans to spend the next two...
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March 26, 2019 - 3:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state's coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday. The April 15 closure, three months before the fishing...
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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, accompanied by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., left, speaks to members of the media following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 26, 2019 - 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are forcing a vote on the Green New Deal as they seek to turn the Democrats' comprehensive climate change proposal into a wedge issue in the 2020 elections. Democrats called the GOP's move a "sham" and said it carries its own political risk by mocking an issue...
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A family stand outside their submerged huts near Nhamatanda, about 130km from Beira, in Mozambique, Tuesday, March, 26, 2019. Relief operations pressed into remote areas of central Mozambique where an unknown number of people remain without aid more than 10 days after a cyclone ripped across the country, while trucks attempted to reach the hard-hit city of Beira on a badly damaged road. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
March 26, 2019 - 1:43 pm
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique faces a "second disaster" from cholera and other diseases, the World Health Organization warned on Tuesday, while relief operations pressed into rural areas where an unknown number of people remain without aid more than 10 days after the storm...
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry pauses while speaking during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 26, 2019 - 12:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday defended the Trump administration's plans to collect and store nuclear waste from around the country in a site northwest of Las Vegas, saying that the current system of scattered storage sites in dozens of states was unacceptable. Perry held...
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