Environment and nature

Demonstrators on Westminster Bridge in London, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018, for a protest group called 'Extinction Rebellion' to raise awareness of the dangers posed by climate change. Hundreds of protesters turned out in central London and blocked off the capital’s main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. (John Stillwell/PA via AP)
November 17, 2018 - 9:22 am
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital's main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. A group called "Extinction Rebellion" encouraged sit-ins on the bridges Saturday as part of a coordinated week of action across...
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November 17, 2018 - 4:03 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket has blasted off from Virginia with space station supplies, the second shipment in two days. Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn Saturday. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International...
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EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, smiles as he is recognized by President Donald Trump during a Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Also pictured is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, second from right. Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the EPA since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got Trump's nod for the permanent job. Trump made the announcement in passing at a White House ceremony for Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 17, 2018 - 2:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump's nod for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent...
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A firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 16, 2018 - 10:13 pm
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Authorities have increased the number of homes and other buildings burned by a massive Southern California wildfire. The figure rose Friday evening to 713 buildings destroyed — many of them homes — and more than...
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November 16, 2018 - 7:38 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska's Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul. The legality of Arctic Ocean offshore lease sales is the subject of a federal lawsuit. Environmental groups say it...
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November 16, 2018 - 6:52 pm
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — A wildlife expert says a rare, two-headed snake found several months ago in Virginia near the nation's capital has died. The Washington Post reports state herpetologist JD Kleopfer said in a Facebook post this week that the snake had died. He says it passed away peacefully...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, the logo of Volkswagen is seen on top of a company building in Wolfsburg, Germany. German automaker Volkswagen. says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in developing autonomous and electric cars. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
November 16, 2018 - 11:49 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry — and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market auto buyers by selling its new I.D. compact for...
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A sheriff's deputy recovers the remains of a Camp Fire victim from an overturned car in Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 15, 2018 - 9:41 pm
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise's carefully laid plans...
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Smoke and haze from wildfires obscures the Embarcadero Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in San Francisco. Recurring wildfires are sparking concern among medical experts about potentially major health consequences. Worsening asthma, lung disease and even heart attacks in heart disease patients have all been linked with previous fires. But blazes that used to be seasonal are happening nearly year-round and increasingly spreading into cities. That's exposing many more people to choking smoke that contains many of the same toxic ingredients as urban air pollution. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
November 15, 2018 - 9:39 pm
MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Authorities have reported seven more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 63 in the deadliest wildfire in state history. The announcement came...
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In this undated photo provided by Eric Regehr, polar bears are seen on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Circle. A study of polar bears in the Chukchi Sea between Alaska and Russia finds that the population is thriving for now despite a loss of sea ice due to climate change. Lead author Eric Regehr of the University of Washington says the Chukchi may be buffered from some effects of ice loss. Regehr says polar bears can build fat reserves and the Chukchi's abundant seal population may allow bears to compensate for a loss of hunting time on ice. (AP Photo Eric Regehr via AP)
November 15, 2018 - 8:43 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change. But university and...
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