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In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Nov. 30, 2021 00:49 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate over a toy. Uphill from the playground, peeking between...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Nov. 30, 2021 00:17 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate over a toy. Uphill from the playground, peeking between...

Police burn miners' boats in Brazil's Amazon, upping tension

Nov. 29, 2021 20:16 PM EST

BORBA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian police said Monday they burned 131 boats used by gold miners in the heart of the Amazon, raising tensions in an isolated region rife with poverty and crime. Smoke has been wafting over the Madeira river since Saturday, with many locals...

Rally in Belgrade demands end to alarming air pollution

Nov. 28, 2021 11:01 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people rallied in Belgrade on Sunday to demand an end to Serbia's alarming levels of air pollution. The rally came a day after another environmental protest in which demonstrators blocked bridges and roads in different parts of the country and scuffled...

Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster that killed 51

Nov. 27, 2021 11:42 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Saturday ordered five people to remain in pre-trial detention for two months pending an investigation into a devastating blast in a coal mine in Siberia that resulted in dozens of deaths. Russian authorities reported 51 deaths after a...

Final cleanup cost of old Vermont copper mine 4 times plan

Nov. 27, 2021 11:36 AM EST

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — A final tally of the cost of cleaning up the long-abandoned Elizabeth copper mine in the Vermont town of Strafford came in more than four times the original estimate, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The Valley News reports that when the...

Big flotilla of illegal gold miners splits up in Brazil

Nov. 26, 2021 18:35 PM EST

ON THE RIO MADEIRA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of barges of illegal miners dredging for gold were navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon on Friday, and researchers said they posed a threat of pollution — including toxic mercury — for the broader environment. ...

Russia names 51 people presumed dead in coal mine accident

Nov. 26, 2021 11:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Friday released the names of 51 people presumed dead after a devastating methane explosion in a coal mine in Siberia, believed to be the deadliest since 2010. The list with names of 46 miners and five rescuers was published online...

Residents place moratorium on quarries near Sebago Lake

Nov. 26, 2021 10:44 AM EST

SEBAGO, Maine (AP) — Residents of a Maine town have voted to enact a moratorium that stops development of new quarries along one of the state's most beloved lakes. Sebago's moratorium also bans gravel pits and mines on the shores of Sebago Lake. Town Manager Michele...

Ludlow Massacre site work reveals symbols lost for a century

Nov. 26, 2021 10:11 AM EST

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Ludlow Massacre more than a century ago was one of the most violent events in U.S. labor history and a wake-up call for the nation about brutal and often deadly coal mine work. Recent preservation efforts at the site about...