Environment and nature

FILE- In this June 21, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma state senator and two-term Republican attorney general, resigned suddenly Thursday, July 5, amid ethics investigations, including ones examining his lavish spending on first-class airline seats and a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
July 06, 2018 - 1:44 pm
As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt tried to roll back rules affecting many industries, but whether he made lasting changes in the government's regulation of business or failed to leave a legacy could be decided in the courts. Pruitt tried to reverse efforts to cut...
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In this Thursday, June 28, 2018, photo, a Bangladeshi worker sits on top of tannery waste loaded in a truck at Tannery Industrial Area on the banks of the Daleshwari River in Savar, Bangladesh. Bangladesh tanneries prepping leather for shoes, belts, wallets and purses are dumping toxic chemicals into Daleshwari river at a new industrial complex more than a year after the government shut them down for poisoning a different river and using child labor. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
July 06, 2018 - 10:16 am
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh tanneries prepping leather for shoes, belts, wallets and purses are dumping toxic chemicals into a river at a new industrial complex more than a year after the government shut them down for poisoning a different river and using child labor. "It's killing the...
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Pope Francis blesses the crowd as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Pope Francis has lamented intensified attacks in southern Syria, asking that people be spared more suffering. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
July 06, 2018 - 5:10 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging governments to make good on their commitments to curb climate change, warning that continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threaten to turn the Earth into a vast pile of "rubble, deserts and refuse." Francis made the appeal Friday at a...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump tweeted Thursday, July 5, he accepted the resignation of Pruitt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 06, 2018 - 3:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt's departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives...
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Seen in this 2017 photo, Drew Wynne who quit his job in 2016 to pursue a career manufacturing cold-brew coffee died in October 2017 after using a paint stripper at the business in Charleston, S.C. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt had put on hold the Obama administration’s attempt to ban consumer sales of paint strippers containing the compound methylene chloride. But he reversed course in May after meeting with families of men who died after using paint stripper. Brian Wynne, brother of Drew, believes, methylene chloride may already have been out of stores by fall 2017, when his brother was found dead at the business, killed by methylene chloride, according to coroners. (Brad Nettles/The Post and Courier via AP)
July 06, 2018 - 1:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For 37 mostly female farm-workers in California's Central Valley, U.S. policy under Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt became personal not long after sunup one day in May 2017. Picking cabbage that morning, the workers noticed a tarry smell drifting from a nearby...
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Smoke from a wildfire rises from Basalt Mountain Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Basalt, Colo. (Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times via AP)
July 06, 2018 - 1:23 am
DENVER (AP) — An erratic wildfire charging through extremely dry land in the heart of Colorado ski country destroyed three homes and forced people to flee, authorities said Thursday. Elsewhere in Colorado, a rare high-elevation tornado touched down at the site of another wildfire Thursday but...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump tweeted Thursday, July 5, he accepted the resignation of Pruitt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 05, 2018 - 11:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt's departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives...
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FILE - In this handout photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, Thai rescue teams use headlamps to enter a pitch-black cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Monday, July 2, 2018. The group was discovered late July 2 after 10 days totally cut off from the outside world, and while they are for the most physically healthy, experts say the ordeal has likely taken a mental toll that could worsen the longer the situation lasts. (Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center via AP, File)
July 05, 2018 - 10:27 pm
MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — At a gilded temple in Thailand's mountainous north, Ekapol Chanthawong honed a skill that will serve him well as he sits trapped underground in a dark cave: meditation. Before the 25-year-old was a coach to the young boys on the Wild Boars soccer team — 12 of whom are...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald President Trump tweeted Thursday, July 5, he has accepted resignation of Pruitt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 05, 2018 - 10:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 10 p.m. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart...
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In this April 2018, photo provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler poses for a photo in Washington. Wheeler, the new leader of the EPA, is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change. Wheeler, currently the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over as acting administrator on Monday, July 9, 2018, now that embattled administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned. (EPA via AP)
July 05, 2018 - 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over the agency Monday now...
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