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Billionaire conservative donor David Koch dies at 79

Aug. 23, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire industrialist David H. Koch, who with his older brother Charles poured a fortune into right-wing causes, transforming the American political landscape and shaping U.S. policies on such issues as climate change and government regulation, died Friday at 79. The cause of death was...

AP Explains: The causes and risks of the Amazon fires

Aug. 23, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world's largest rainforest is often called the "lungs of the earth." Here's a look at what's happening: ___ WHAT'S BURNING? Brazil's National Space...

Bolsonaro prepares to send army to contain Amazon fires

Aug. 23, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AP) — Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he might send the military to battle the massive blazes. "That's the plan," said Bolsonaro. He did not say when the armed forces would get...

France threatens economic retaliation over Amazon fires

Aug. 23, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — In a sharp escalation of tensions over fires ravaging the Amazon, France on Friday accused Brazil's president of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and threatened to block a European Union trade deal with South American states including Brazil. Ireland joined in the threat...

Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

Aug. 23, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A supermarket company has agreed to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states, federal authorities said Friday. The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement...

Wisconsin Gov. Evers issues order to curb PFAS contamination

Aug. 23, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has signed an executive order to curb contamination from chemicals in firefighting foam, non-stick cookware and fast-food wrappers, his office announced Friday. Evers signed the mandate Thursday. The order calls on the state departments of Natural Resources...

Extracted eggs may stop extinction of northern white rhino

Aug. 23, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

OL PEJETA, Kenya (AP) — Wildlife experts and veterinarians said Friday there is hope to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino because they successfully extracted eggs from the last two remaining females of the species. The eggs will be used to reproduce the species through a surrogate. The...

Air Force Academy discovers contamination in water

Aug. 23, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force Academy says unsafe levels of chemicals were found in groundwater at four sites on the Colorado campus. The Gazette reported Thursday that officials plan to test drinking water wells in an area between the academy and Colorado Springs. Air Force officials...

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

Aug. 23, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil's government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The threat to what some call "the lungs of...

Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot

Aug. 23, 2019 4:32 AM EDT

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland's brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn't fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and suicide. One...