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Pedestrians board a train Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Corona section of the Queens borough of New York. Data released by city health officials show that residents in the immigrant-rich Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona sections of Queens have tested positive for the coronavirus at higher rates than in wealthy, mostly white parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Virus hits NYC hardest in a few working-class neighborhoods

Apr. 3, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has hit especially hard in a few poorer New York City neighborhoods where telecommuting isn’t an option for many workers and there are more likely to be many people living under one roof. Residents of the immigrant-rich Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona...

The Manhattan skyline is seen behind the parking lot and terminal of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Thursday, April 2, 2020 in New York. N.Y. New York Gov. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the terminal with be transformed into a temporary field hospital to increase New York's hospital capacity while cases of the coronavirus skyrocket. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NYC residents should cover face when in public, mayor says

Apr. 2, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As coronavirus cases soared, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asked New Yorkers on Thursday to wear a face covering when they go outside to prevent the spread of the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the state’s supply of breathing machines could be exhausted in six days....

FILE - This Nov. 26, 209 file photo shows Omega Protein's menhaden processing plant on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville, Va., The company that makes fish-oil supplements will keep its certification for sustainable fishing despite defiance of catch limits in the Chesapeake Bay. The Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability marker is prominently displayed on seafood packages in grocery stores. It means that a company catches fish from a healthy population and leaves little impact on the food chain, among other factors.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Fish-oil firm keeps 'sustainable' label despite controversy

Apr. 2, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A company that makes fish-oil supplements will keep its certification for sustainable fishing despite defiance of catch limits in the Chesapeake Bay. The Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability marker is prominently displayed on seafood packages in grocery stores. It means a...

Environmental nonprofit in Maine, Massachusetts has new head

Mar. 28, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — An environmental nonprofit group with offices in Maine and Massachusetts has picked a veteran member of the sustainability movement as its new president. Manomet Inc. said Elizabeth Schueler is scheduled to take over as president next month. She most recently worked as vice...

Pedro Galicia stands beside his allotted storage area loaded with recyclables at the Sure We Can, a Brooklyn non-profit redemption center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in New York. In one of the most expensive cities in the world, people who scour through trash might be viewed by some as homeless or drug addicts but there are canners who dispute that claim. They are called

In New York, making a life out of bottles and cans

Mar. 17, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the Brooklyn clothing factory where she worked closed its doors, Josefa Marín started picking up cans and bottles from trash cans to make ends meet. A decade later, the 50-year-old Mexican immigrant is handed hundreds of recyclables by bars and clubs and by concierges of private...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, flames and smoke tower into the sky at the Northern Metal Recycling plant in Becker, Minn. A fire that burned for days at the Minnesota recycling facility in February was accidental and may have been sparked by a discarded battery, fire investigators said Wednesday, March 11. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP, File)

Massive fire at Minnesota scrap pile ruled accidental

Mar. 11, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A fire that burned for days at a Minnesota recycling facility last month was accidental and may have been sparked by a discarded battery, fire investigators said Wednesday. An investigator for the state fire marshal's division found no evidence the fire that broke out Feb. 18 at...

UN: Last year was second-warmest and decade was hottest ever

Mar. 10, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Last year was the second warmest on record, the past decade was the hottest in human history and January was the warmest January since 1850, the head of the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization also said Europe...

Sarah Chavez poses for a portrait on the grounds of Boston's historic Mount Auburn Cemetery during Death Salon, an event series hosted by The Order of the Good Death, in 2018. Instead of having her body buried or cremated, Chavez said she would opt to have her human remains turned into soil. Death is a natural process, and to Chavez, this would be not only environmentally friendly but also an act of resistance. (Bruno Huerta/RNS via AP)

Human composting could become an option in California

Mar. 10, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — For Sarah Chavez, it’s important her death reflect the beliefs and values that guided her in life. That’s why, instead of having her body buried or cremated, Chavez said she would opt to have her remains turned into soil. Death is a natural process, and to Chavez, this...

Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton of Britain arrives during the first day of the pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Mercedes bids for green as Hamilton eyes Schumacher records

Mar. 9, 2020 1:18 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Although synonymous with winning in Formula One, Mercedes has wider concerns than Lewis Hamilton’s chances of matching and breaking records. Among them the future of the planet. Hamilton and his Mercedes team have taken steps to reduce their impact on the environment. ...

Del. Richard 'Rip' Sullivan, D-Arlington, right, talks with Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, during the House session at the Capitol Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Sullivan is leading the floor debate on the renewable energy bills. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers send 'historic' energy bill to governor

Mar. 6, 2020 5:31 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Friday to a sweeping energy bill that would overhaul how the state's utilities generate electricity, a measure environmental groups and other renewable energy advocates considered a historic step toward addressing climate change. The state Senate...