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Mother sperm whale and baby dead in fishing net off Italy

Jun. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A mother sperm whale and its baby have died after becoming tangled in a fishing net in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast, an Italian environmental group reported Thursday. The Marevivo group said the Italian Coast Guard had responded to the sighting and surmised that the mother,...

Russia to release 100 illegally captured whales

Jun. 20, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia's far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists. A state TV reporter made the announcement during President Vladimir Putin's live Q&A show on Thursday,...

Amid urgent climate warnings, EPA gives coal a reprieve

Jun. 19, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scientists' increasingly urgent warnings, the Trump administration ordered a sweeping about-face Wednesday on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move it predicted would revitalize America's sagging coal industry. As miners...

Correction: Steel Plant-Pollution story

Jun. 18, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

In a story June 17 about a fire at U.S. Steel's Pennsylvania coke plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously the impact of the mishap on the neighborhood's air quality. The company said air monitoring equipment indicated that sulfur dioxide levels did not exceed emissions limits around the plant through...

Former Slovak President Kiska creates new political party

Jun. 17, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Former Slovak President Andrej Kiska is kicking off a new centrist political party. Kiska says his "For People" party's ambition is to unite with other opposition forces to end the long-term dominance of the leftist Smer-Social Democracy party led by populist former Prime...

Extinction Rebellion postpones Heathrow drone protest plan

Jun. 16, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has postponed a plan to shut down London's Heathrow Airport with drones after it was criticized by politicians and police. The group that demands faster action against climate change said Sunday it would "not be carrying out any actions at...

Zuzana Caputova inaugurated as 1st Slovak female president

Jun. 15, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia. Caputova took the oath of office at a special session of Parliament, becoming Slovakia's fifth president since it gained independence after the split of...

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

Jun. 13, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental group sued the Trump administration Thursday for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries...

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

Jun. 13, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions. Minnetonka-based Cargill is a major...

Plan for Delaware River pier linked to fracked gas gets OK

Jun. 12, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A proposal to build a $96 million pier in New Jersey, potentially to load tankers with liquid fuels produced from Pennsylvania's vast Marcellus Shale natural gas reservoir, received the unanimous approval Wednesday of the Delaware River Basin Commission. The commission's approval came...