Environment and nature

A firefighters backs away from the flames after lighting a controlled burn near Tomerong, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in an effort to contain a larger fire nearby. Around 2,300 firefighters in New South Wales state were making the most of relatively benign conditions by frantically consolidating containment lines around more than 110 blazes and patrolling for lightning strikes, state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Associated Press
January 08, 2020 - 1:33 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thunderstorms and showers brought some relief for firefighters battling deadly wildfires across Australia’s drought-parched east coast on Wednesday, but also raised concerns that lightning will spark more fires before dangerous hot and windy conditions return. Around 2,...
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New South Wales Rural Fire Service crew members from Horsley Park RFS carry the casket of NSW RFS volunteer Andrew O'Dwyer during his funeral service at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Horsley Park, Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. O'Dwyer, 36, and RFS colleague Geoffrey Keaton were killed six days before Christmas when a tree fell in the path of their truck at the still-burning Green Wattle Creek fire, causing it to roll. (Twitter@NSWRFS via AP)
Associated Press
January 07, 2020 - 1:52 am
BALMORAL, Australia (AP) — Bolstered by cooler weather and desperately needed rain, exhausted firefighters in Australia raced to shore up defenses against deadly wildfires before the blazes flare again within days when scorching temperatures are expected to return. The first hints of the financial...
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Smoke from an explosion at the TPC Group plant is seen Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Port Neches, Texas. Two massive explosions 13 hours apart tore through the chemical plant Wednesday, and one left several workers injured. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Associated Press
November 28, 2019 - 5:51 pm
PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) — More than 50,000 people in East Texas remained under a mandatory evacuation order Thursday as a fire continued to burn at a chemical plant, one day after two massive explosions there. Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens said the evacuation order and a 10 p.m. curfew...
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Associated Press
November 21, 2019 - 7:59 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Agrochemicals company Monsanto is pleading guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on its Maui fields in 2014. Monsanto, now owned by pharmaceutical company Bayer, is also agreeing to pay $10 million in an agreement over charges it unlawfully stored acute hazardous waste. The money...
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Former Vice President Al Gore speaks with Susan Wente, Vanderbilt University interim provost and chancellor, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Earlier Gore spoke on climate change as part of a worldwide event called 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Associated Press
November 20, 2019 - 9:23 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore kicked off a series of climate presentations on Wednesday evening that will continue around the globe over 24 hours, a lively talk espousing political and U.S. policy changes. The event, called “24 Hours of Reality” is an endeavor of The Climate...
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A water taxis drives by as smoke haze hangs over the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The annual Australian fire season, which peaks during the Southern Hemisphere summer, has started early after an unusually warm and dry winter. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Associated Press
November 20, 2019 - 9:22 pm
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney on Thursday as wildfires burned across eastern and southern Australia. Thick smog shrouded Australia’s most populous city, leaving its iconic skyline barely visible two days after smoke created serious air quality issues. The New South Wales...
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U.S. President Donald Trump waves while departing the White House on October 03, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Associated Press
November 04, 2019 - 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, crushed plastic bottles sit in a bale following sorting at the Mid-America Recycling plant, in Lincoln, Neb. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo and Keurig Dr. Pepper are investing $100 million to improve U.S. bottle recycling and processing. (Francis Gardler/The Journal-Star via AP, File)
Associated Press
October 29, 2019 - 8:07 am
Every year, an estimated 100 billion plastic bottles are produced in the U.S., the bulk of which come from three of America's biggest beverage companies: Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Keurig Dr. Pepper. The problem? Only one-third of those bottles get recycled; the rest end up in the trash. That bleak trend...
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Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, center, who has called on world leaders to step up their efforts against global warming, listens to remarks by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Associated Press
September 17, 2019 - 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress hailed Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg as a "superpower" for her work to spark a worldwide, youth-driven push to fight climate change. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the 16-year-old Thunberg and other young activists bring "moral clarity" to the fight...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. A new study released Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. During pregnancy, particle pollution is linked to premature births and low birth weight, but scientists don’t understand why. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
Associated Press
September 17, 2019 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus. Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, factory smokestacks and other sources is dangerous to everyone's health, and during...
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