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US plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

Aug. 21, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars. The...

States blast Trump administration coal plan, mull lawsuits

Aug. 21, 2018 5:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — States with a history of fighting air pollution generated by coal-fired power plants on Tuesday criticized a move by President Donald Trump's administration to scale back federal restrictions on emissions, with some threatening court challenges. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan...

Kentucky officials seek fines for Justice coal companies

Aug. 21, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's family coal companies are breaching their environmental responsibilities, according to Kentucky regulators, who are seeking millions in additional fines for surface mining areas that haven't been cleaned up. The Justice companies, which are now...

White storks leave Polish nests early after hot, dry summer

Aug. 21, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — White storks that have nested in Poland are heading south for the winter earlier than usual after an especially hot, dry summer, a development experts are linking to climate change. Poland has a large population of white storks that arrive from Africa every spring and nest all summer...

The Latest: Alaska Native leader responds to whale kill

Aug. 20, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Native hunters who illegally killed a whale (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The head of an Alaska Native organization who received a federal warning about the illegal killing of a protected gray whale last year says her group respects laws and treaties protecting...

APNewsBreak: Alaska Natives believed whale hunt was legal

Aug. 20, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said. After the shooting began,...

Correction: Drought-Colorado River story

Aug. 20, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In a story Aug. 15 about the Colorado River, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, reported erroneously when potential cutbacks could begin if a shortage is declared. A shortage could be declared in the latter part of 2019, and cutbacks could begin...

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power

Aug. 19, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that...

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Aug. 17, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species....

Judge halts Trump rule that suspended clean water protection

Aug. 16, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has ruled the Trump administration did not properly seek public input when it suspended protections designed to thwart waterway pollution. The Post and Courier newspaper reports Thursday's decision by U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston...