Environmental concerns

In this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, Ajay Kumar, 46, a fruit vendor sells apples outside a railway station in New Delhi, India. Kumar has been doing this job for more than 30 years, supporting his wife and four children. He said on days this month when the pollution has been bad he’s covered his face and worn goggles. And the smog made him ill. “I had a fever and a cough. My eyes hurt, my throat hurt and it was difficult to walk,” he said. “But I still had to muster the courage to work for my children, to feed them. Work has to be done. Work is important.” (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
November 22, 2017 - 8:57 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's capital has been choking under a thick layer of smog this month, the worst the air quality has been all year in a city that's among the most polluted in the world. While some people work indoors and get a measure of relief from the pollution during the day, others in the...
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This Nov. 21, 2017, photo provided by the Climate Direct Action group shows Leonard Higgins, second from right, with his defense attorneys outside the Choteau County Courthouse in Fort Benton, Mont. Higgins was convicted Wednesday, Nov. 22, on charges of of criminal mischief and trespassing after he entered a fenced site near Big Sandy, Mont., in October 2016 and closed a valve on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States to call attention to climate change. With Higgins are attorney Lauren Regan, left; attorney Kelsey Skaggs, second from left, and attorney Herman Watson. (Nicole Bradford/Climate Direct Action via AP)
November 22, 2017 - 7:31 pm
FORT BENTON, Mont. (AP) — An activist who was trying to call attention to climate change was found guilty of criminal charges on Wednesday for closing a valve last year on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States. A Montana jury found Leonard Higgins of Portland, Oregon,...
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Map shows the proposed Keystone XL pipeline extension route; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;
November 22, 2017 - 6:15 pm
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by the Donald Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls, Montana, dismissed U.S. Justice...
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November 22, 2017 - 4:43 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A major oil-by-rail terminal proposed on the Columbia River in Washington state poses a potential risk of oil spills, train accidents and longer emergency response times due to road traffic, an environmental study has found. Many of the risks could be decreased with certain...
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This photo combo of images provided by NASA's Earth Observatory/Kyba, GFZ shows photographs of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, taken from the International Space Station on Dec. 23, 2010, left, where residential areas are mainly lit by orange sodium lamps; and on Nov. 27, 2015, right, where many areas on the outskirts are newly lit compared to 2010, and many neighborhoods have switched from orange sodium lamps to white LED lamps. (NASA's Earth Observatory/Kyba, GFZ via AP)
November 22, 2017 - 2:44 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter — bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included. A German-led team reported Wednesday that light pollution is threatening darkness almost everywhere. Satellite observations during five Octobers show Earth's...
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November 21, 2017 - 1:38 pm
MILAN (AP) — The CEOs of Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SpA and Italian energy giant ENI have agreed to jointly develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles. The companies signed the agreement Tuesday in Rome with Premier Paolo Gentiloni that broadly focus on...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, a neighborhood near Houston's Addicks Reservoir is flooded after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey. A study released Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 predicts that summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 20, 2017 - 7:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says. Future storms will also be wilder, soaking entire cities and huge portions of states,...
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Diana Steskal rests her head on her husband Byron's shoulder as Nebraska Public Service Commissioners rise to leave following their vote approving the TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline "mainline alternative route" through the state Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb. The couple are landowners in the path of the pipeline. (Eric Gregory/The Journal-Star via AP)
November 20, 2017 - 6:16 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska regulators Monday approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state, breathing new life into the long-delayed $8 billion project, although the chosen pathway is not the one preferred by the pipeline operator and could require more time to study the changes...
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November 20, 2017 - 12:24 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on regulatory hearings to decide how large a rate increase to allow a Duke Energy subsidiary (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The nation's largest electric company has agreed to seek a lower rate increase on more than a million North Carolina customers and charge a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, a neighborhood near Houston's Addicks Reservoir is flooded after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey. A study released Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 predicts that summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 20, 2017 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding. The U.S. in recent years has experienced prolonged drenchings that have doused Nashville in...
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