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Trump seeks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

Jun. 4, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was prepared to issue an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews, invoking special powers he has under the coronavirus emergency. The order would...

FILE - This Jan. 16, 2020 file photo shows a Uniper energy company coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The world hit another new record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists announced Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide in air hits new record high

Jun. 4, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — The world hit another new record high for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, despite reduced emissions because of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists announced Thursday. Measurements of carbon dioxide, the chief human-caused greenhouse gas, averaged 417.1 parts per...

Field hospital discharges patients; 50 more COVID-19 deaths

Jun. 4, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The last patients have been discharged from Boston Hope, the field hospital set up inside the city's convention and center to help hospitals cope with the influx of COVID-19 patients, Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday. Walsh said the temporary hospital “suspended operation pending future...

Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

Jun. 4, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Walt Disney World reopens next month for the first time since it closed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there will be no parades, fireworks shows nor “meet-and-greet” sessions with performers dressed as Disney characters. Union official Eric Clinton told members...

Groups seek to stop copper mine near popular Montana river

Jun. 4, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Conservation groups want a Montana court to cancel the approval of a long-disputed copper mine that they say would pollute a tributary of one of the state's most popular recreational rivers. Montana Trout Unlimited and other groups filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging state officials...

In this Monday, May 25, 2020 photo a person walks past a storm drain with discarded gloves and other trash in Philadelphia. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in Philadelphia had experienced clogs from face masks, gloves and wipes residents had pitched into the potty, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Epidemic of wipes and masks plagues sewers, storm drains

Jun. 4, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water...

Wildlife agency officials believe gray wolf is in Utah

Jun. 4, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has set up traps for a rare gray wolf that wildlife officials believe killed a calf in Rich County. A trapper with the state first believed the predator was a coyote but determined it was gray wolf earlier this week after analyzing scat, tracks and other evidence, The Salt Lake...

Food conditioned grizzly bear killed in northwestern MT

Jun. 4, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials euthanized a grizzly bear that returned to a residential area in northwestern Montana searching for food just weeks after being relocated away from homes, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said. The agency received multiple reports that the...

A woman walks past a closed souvenir shop in central capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the third phase of the country's gradual rollback of restrictions will be completed by June 24 instead of July 14. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus study shows big pollutant drop during lockdown

Jun. 4, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Researchers in Cyprus offered more evidence on Thursday that a two-month lockdown benefited the Mediterranean island nation’s environment. Preliminary results showed significantly reduced levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides along a normally busy street and in a...

Contractor getting $5M bonus for Hanford vitrification plant

Jun. 4, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy has announced it will pay the company building the Hanford vitrification plant $5 million in incentive pay after it received its best performance evaluation in three years for 2019. Bechtel National will receive 64% of the maximum $8 million it was eligible...