Environment and nature

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered southern resident female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound, west of Seattle. A conservation group says the federal government is failing to protect offshore areas along the U.S. West Coast to help the endangered Puget Sound orcas. The Center for Biological Diversity told the National Marine Fisheries Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018, it will sue if the agency continues to delay in designating more marine waters where the whales, now numbering only 76, would be protected. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
June 06, 2018 - 8:18 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A conservation group wants the federal government to move forward with protecting offshore areas along the U.S. West Coast to help endangered killer whales. The Center for Biological Diversity told the National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday that it plans to take legal action...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file phot, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. A senior aide wrapped up in the ethics investigations of Pruitt has abruptly resigned. Pruitt announced the departure of aide Millan Hupp in an email on June 6. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 06, 2018 - 7:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt laughed off questions Wednesday about whether he used his office to try to help his wife get a "business opportunity" with Chick-fil-A, while a close aide abruptly resigned amid new ethics allegations against her boss. Pruitt said...
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A rescue worker carries a flock of farm birds rescued from homes destroyed by the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire," eruption, in El Rodeo, Guatemala, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Rescuers were concerned about possible dangers posed not only by more volcanic flows but also rain. Authorities have said the window is closing on the chances of finding anyone else alive in the devastation. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
June 06, 2018 - 7:27 pm
SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (AP) — Emergency crews pulled more bodies from what remained of villages devastated by the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire on Wednesday, but time was quickly running out to find survivors as the confirmed death toll rose to 99 with nearly 200 still missing...
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In this photo taken May 29, 2018, Juana Francisco loads her trunk with water purchased at WinCo. Officials in Salem, Ore., re-issued a limited no-drink warning Wednesday, June 6, 2018, for tap water in the state's capital city, reinstating guidelines lifted only days before advising medically sensitive groups to find other water sources. (Mark Ylen/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP)
June 06, 2018 - 6:47 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A limited no-drink warning for tap water in and around the Oregon state capital was re-issued Wednesday, reinstating for at least two days guidelines advising medically sensitive people to find other water sources as a city spokesman acknowledged a lag in testing for toxins in...
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Jamie Bassett, a crabber from Chatham, Mass., gives presentation on culinary uses for the green crabs, at a conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Portland, Maine. Food scientists have gathered to find a way to monetize invasive green crabs, which are a major pest in shellfish harvesting communities. (AP Photos/Robert F. Bukaty)
June 06, 2018 - 4:41 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — If we eat them, will they go away? Unfortunately for foes of the green crabs that plague New England shellfish, the answer is probably "no." But that's not stopping a group of scientists, fishermen, chefs and others from getting together in Maine to try to brainstorm uses for...
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew takes part in a service at the church of saint Nicholas in the island of Spetses, Greece, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians has arrived on the Greek island of Spetses to host an environmental conference to seek backing from other religious leaders in a global campaign to take action against climate change. (AP Photo/Derec Gatopolulos)
June 06, 2018 - 3:55 pm
SPETSES, Greece (AP) — Leading climate change experts and campaigners said Wednesday they would work with the leaders of the Orthodox Church and other religions to fight global warming, after expressing concern that their message was not reaching people fast enough. Scientists, campaigners, and...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 15, 2018 file photo, Rick Stewart sits in the sunshine with the New York City skyline in the background, in a park in Weehawken, N.J. According to weather records released on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, May reached a record 65.4 degrees in the continental United States, which is 5.2 degrees above the 20th century average. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 06, 2018 - 11:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Record heat returned to the United States with a vengeance in May. Federal meteorologists calculate that May warmed to a record 65.4 degrees in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set in 1934. Last month, the average temperature across the Lower 48 states was 5 degrees warmer...
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This photo provided by U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of ocean entry at Kapoho Bay, Hawaii on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Lava destroyed hundreds of homes in mostly rural Hawaii area overnight, a county spokeswoman said Tuesday. A morning overflight confirmed that lava completely filled Kapoho Bay, inundated most of Vacationland and covered all but the northern part of Kapoho Beach Lots, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
June 05, 2018 - 9:29 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed hundreds more homes overnight, overtaking two oceanfront communities where residents were advised to evacuate last week, officials said Tuesday. No injuries were reported as most residents heeded the advice to leave. The latest lost homes...
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Lilian Hernandez, right, is comforted by her daughter at a Mormon church that has been enabled as a shelter near Escuintla, Guatemala, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Hernandez lost 36 family members in all, missing and presumed dead in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes after the fiery volcanic eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire, in south-central Guatemala. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
June 05, 2018 - 7:26 pm
ESCUINTLA, Guatemala (AP) — Lilian Hernandez wept as she spoke the names of aunts, uncles, cousins, her grandmother and two great-grandchildren — 36 family members in all — missing and presumed dead in the explosion of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire. "My cousins Ingrid, Yomira, Paola, Jennifer,...
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June 05, 2018 - 6:13 pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk has rebuffed a shareholder attempt to overhaul the electric car maker's board and strip him of his role as chairman, despite worries about the company's shaky finances and inability to meet its production goals for its first mass-market sedan. All...
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