Environment

FILE - This March 24, 2017, file photo shows President Donald Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, announcing the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Attorneys for the Trump administration are due in a Montana courtroom Thursday, May 24, 2018, to defend the approval of TransCanada’s disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline project. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)
May 24, 2018 - 2:46 am
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration were due in a Montana courtroom Thursday to defend the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline against environmental groups that want to derail the project. The 1,179-mile (1,800-kilometer) line proposed by TransCanada Corporation was...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2017, file photo, baby eels swim in a plastic bag after being caught near Brewer, Maine. The Maine Department of Marine Resources said it is shutting down the fishery on Thursday, May 24, 2018, two weeks ahead of schedule, due to concerns about illegal sales. The elver fishery is tightly regulated to deter poaching because of the high value of the baby fish. They are selling for nearly $2,400 per pound at the docks. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
May 23, 2018 - 4:43 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highly lucrative baby eel fishery is being shut down two weeks early due to concerns about illegal sales. Fishermen seek the elvers in Maine because of the fish's role as seed stock in Asian aquaculture. The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced that it's...
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FILE - In this Friday, June 21, 2013, file photo, farmers cut grasses at a rice field in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. The Thai government has chosen to allow continued use of paraquat and two other major herbicides despite mounting concerns over health risks, especially for farmers. (AP PhotoApichart Weerawong, File)
May 23, 2018 - 6:00 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai government said Wednesday it will allow continued use of the toxic weed killer paraquat and two other farm chemicals despite mounting concerns over health risks, but plans to tighten controls on how they are utilized. The expert Committee on Hazardous Substances Control...
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FILE - The Sept. 29, 2015 photo shows the street sign of the Dieselstrasse (Diesel Street) in Wolfsburg, Germany. The northern German city of Hamburg is going to ban older Diesel cars from two streets to combat air pollution. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
May 23, 2018 - 5:15 am
BERLIN (AP) — Some diesel cars will be banned in Hamburg to combat air pollution, officials of the northern German city said Wednesday. Parts of two streets in the city will be banned for older models of diesel cars and trucks starting Thursday next week, the German news agency dpa reported. The...
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Lava erupts from a fissure in Kapoho, Hawaii Monday, May 21, 2018. The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 22, 2018 - 8:44 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities were racing Tuesday to close off production wells at a geothermal plant threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. Workers were capping the 11th and last well at the plant to prevent toxic gases from wafting out after lava entered, then...
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A photographer records lava erupting from a fissure in Kapoho, Hawaii Monday, May 21, 2018. The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 22, 2018 - 8:11 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Scientists say sulfur dioxide emissions from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have more than doubled since the current eruption began. The increase could boost volcanic smog known as vog,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, an elephant crosses a road at a national park in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Federal prosecutors in Colorado have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing the man of breaking U.S. law on hunting elephants and importing ivory. Hanno van Rensburg has not been arrested yet. He did not respond Monday, May 21, 2018, to an email sent to an address listed on his hunting company's website. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
May 22, 2018 - 4:59 pm
DENVER (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing him of bribing Zimbabwean officials while guiding a Colorado tourist and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant that the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the United...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2013, file photo, a brown bear walks to a sandbar to eat a salmon it had just caught at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother bears and their cubs hibernating in dens. The National Park Service issued notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
May 21, 2018 - 8:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued a...
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In this image made from video, two wild horses stand in an open field, Sunday, May 20, 2018, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia. An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)
May 21, 2018 - 7:15 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region. New South Wales Deputy...
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Washington State Fish and Wildlife Police confer with an individual from the King County Medical Examiner's office on a remote gravel road above Snoqualmie, Wash., following a fatal cougar attack, Saturday, May 19, 2018. One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)
May 20, 2018 - 7:39 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle. They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and it ran...
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