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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....

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...

In this photo provided by Greenpeace, a banner attached to a crane reads:

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 Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

Jul. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...

FILE - This on Feb. 27, 2016, file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, from a remote camera set by biologist Chris Stermer, shows a mountain wolverine in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, Calif., a rare sighting of the predator in the state. U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to decide by the end of August 2020, whether climate change and other threats are pushing the rare wolverine closer to extinction. Government attorneys and conservation groups that sued to force a decision filed court documents Thursday, July 2, settling the lawsuit and agreeing to the deadline. (Chris Stermer/California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)

US sets deadline for wolverines protection decision

Jul. 2, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to decide by the end of August whether climate change and other threats are pushing the rare wolverine closer to extinction in the mountains of the West. Government attorneys and conservation groups that had sued to force a decision filed court...

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2010, aerial file photo, shows the town of Libby Mont. With a decades-long cleanup of asbestos contamination in the town largely completed, state officials are taking over the effort to protect residents from future exposure to the potentially deadly material. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Jul. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — State regulators are taking over maintenance of a decades-long environmental cleanup in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday transferred responsibility...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

The Citroen e-C4 all electric hatchback is display during a media presentation in Paris, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. PSA Group's Citroen Brand is showing off a new version of its C4 compact hatchback, a model that will be key to the company's sales prospects as it faces a highly competitive European car market that faces severe headwinds from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Citroen unveils new hatchback as virus pushes event online

Jun. 30, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — PSA Group unveiled one of its most important new models Tuesday with 20 people physically present and 2,600 watching online - a marketing configuration that the coronavirus seems likely to accelerate across the industry now that next year's Geneva auto show was cancelled. The...