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NYC mayor takes aim at glass towers as energy hogs

Apr. 24, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presides over a city that's known for its skyscrapers but he is no fan of the glass towers that have transformed the Manhattan skyline in recent decades. De Blasio, a Democrat who is hinting at a presidential run, vowed this week to introduce a bill to ban...

Major emperor penguin breeding ground gone barren since 2016

Apr. 24, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica's second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found. Usually 15,000 to 24,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins flock yearly to a breeding site...

Jaguar recovery plan envisions sprawling habitat areas

Apr. 24, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A plan by wildlife officials to bolster the endangered jaguar population in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico by establishing two sprawling habitat areas drew criticism Wednesday from environmental groups. The final recovery plan for the large cats was released by the U.S. Fish and...

Recall: Nearly 57 tons of ground beef for possible E coli

Apr. 24, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — The federal government says a meat company in Georgia has recalled tons of ground beef for possible contamination with E. coli bacteria. The bacteria is an unusual strain that has sickened 156 people in 10 states , hospitalizing 20 of them. Ground beef had been described as the...

London climate protesters say they will end their blockades

Apr. 24, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate change protesters who have brought parts of central London to a standstill for days say they will lift their blockades. The group Extinction Rebellion says it will end its remaining demonstrations at Marble Arch and Parliament Square on Thursday. Last week, the protesters blocked...

Alec Baldwin is passionate about preserving the planet

Apr. 23, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin said Tuesday that his passion about preserving the planet for future generations was sparked by meeting indigenous people who are guardians of their lands at the 2015 Paris conference that adopted the landmark agreement to tackle global warming. Baldwin was at U.N....

New strategy aims to save sagebrush in Western states

Apr. 23, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species — including imperiled sage grouse — is a paradigm shift in strategy, federal officials said. The 248-page document released this month emphasizes new...

Ex-EPA chief Pruitt's Indiana lobbying bid has likely failed

Apr. 23, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has likely failed in his efforts to block the proposed closure of several coal-fired power plants in Indiana. Pruitt registered as an energy lobbyist in Indiana last week for the parent company of Terre Haute-based mining company...

Teen activist says future has been stolen by climate change

Apr. 23, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has accused adults of stealing young people's future as she met senior British politicians at Parliament. The 16-year-old Swede, who has sparked a global wave of youth environment protests, met Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other...

11 protesters arrested after blocking railroad tracks

Apr. 22, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested 11 protesters who had blocked railroad tracks in Northwest Portland since Sunday and demanded local action in response to climate change. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the protesters were part of a local chapter of Extinction Rebellion, an environmental activist...