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FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

Jul. 11, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The forested mountains in and around North Cascades National Park in north central Washington state have long been considered prime habitat for threatened grizzly bears, so environmental groups are upset the Trump administration scrapped plans to reintroduce the apex predators there....

FILE - This Jan. 27, 2018, aerial file photo shows U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, southern Japan. Okinawan officials said Saturday, July 11, 2020 that dozens of U.S. Marines have been confirmed to have infected with the coronavirus at two bases, Futenma and Camp Hansen, on the southern Japanese island in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, and demanded adequate explanation from the U.S. military officials. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Dozens of US Marines in Japan's Okinawa get coronavirus

Jul. 11, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of U.S. Marines at two bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have been infected with the coronavirus in what is feared to be a massive outbreak, Okinawa's governor said Saturday, demanding an adequate explanation from the U.S. military. Gov. Denny Tamaki said he could say...

People queue up prior to visit the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, Thursday, June 25, 2020. The Eiffel Tower reopens after the coronavirus pandemic led to the iconic Paris landmark's longest closure since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

France ordered to fight pollution or pay millions in fines

Jul. 10, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s highest administrative body ordered the government to take immediate measures to combat pollution in Paris and several regions or pay up to 20 million euros ($22.6 million) a year in fines. The Council of State’s unusual ruling Friday came after the government failed to...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, a catfish appears on the shoreline in the algae-filled waters at the end of 113th Street in the Point Place section of North Toledo, Ohio. The blob of pea-green algae that covers parts of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller in the summer of 2020 than a year ago. That's according to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its annual forecast Thursday, July 11, 2020.  (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP, File)

Moderate algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 9, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Lake Erie's annual blob of pea-green algae is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago following a relatively dry spring, but that doesn't necessarily reflect significant improvement toward reducing the nutrient pollution that causes it, scientists said Thursday. A...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

Jul. 9, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019 file photo a man runs on a small path as the sun rises in Frankfurt, Germany. The world could see average global temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial average for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. The 1.5-C mark is a key threshold that countries have agreed to limit global warming to, if possible. Scientists say average temperatures around the world are already at least 1 C higher now than during the period from 1850-1900 because of man-made greenhouse emissions.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Jul. 9, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The world could see annual global temperatures pass a key threshold for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. The World Meteorological Organization said forecasts suggest there's a 20% chance that global temperatures will be 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7...

Conservation study shows lemurs, whales nearing extinction

Jul. 9, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly all of Madagascar's much-loved lemurs are under threat, and almost one-third are just one step away from extinction, largely due to deforestation and hunting on the giant island off eastern Africa, conservationists said Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature,...

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Climate activists protest from Notre Dame Cathedral crane

Jul. 9, 2020 5:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Greenpeace activists hung banners from a huge construction crane atop Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Thursday, accusing France and President Emmanuel Macron of not doing enough to fight climate change. The medieval landmark is under reconstruction after a devastating fire last year and is...

EU court: diesel customers can sue VW where they bought cars

Jul. 9, 2020 4:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that buyers of Volkswagen cars fitted with software installed to cheat diesel emissions tests can sue the automaker in the country where they bought the car rather than seeking damages in Germany. The European Court of Justice was asked to...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and former Vice President Joe Biden, talk before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C. Political task forces Biden formed with Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended Wednesday, July 8, that the former vice president embrace proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health care coverage and rebuilding a coronavirus-ravaged economy. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Jul. 8, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended Wednesday that the former vice president embrace major proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health...