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  • Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:36:56 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer.

  • Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerous

    Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:23:58 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer.

  • Ohio concentrates effort to reduce harmful Lake Erie algae

    Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:52:28 GMT

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's environmental regulators who have pledged to drastically cut what's feeding the harmful algae in Lake Erie will consolidate oversight of the work to make sure money is being well spent and research isn't overlapping.

  • Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

    Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:59:56 GMT

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump and missions unaccomplished

    Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:17:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they're not.

  • The Latest: Mayors focus on bipartisan, local leadership

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:07:50 GMT

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Conference of Mayors' meeting (all times local):

  • US mayors conference focuses on immigration, climate change

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:50:10 GMT

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — More than 250 U.S. mayors are meeting in Florida at a time when many cities are pushing back against Trump administration policies on climate change and immigration.

  • US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

    Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:59:27 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened.

  • EPA sets rules to regulate toxic chemicals under 2016 law

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:39:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules and other documents Thursday outlining how it will regulate toxic chemicals under a landmark law passed by Congress last year.

  • States won't rush approval of Yellowstone grizzly hunts

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:25:52 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local):

  • Idaho governor welcomes delisting of Yellowstone grizzlies

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:37:19 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on removing Yellowstone region grizzly bears from federal protections (all times local):

  • Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food

    Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:33:44 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from.

  • Roadkill: It's what's for dinner under new Oregon law

    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:43:03 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat.

  • Zinke pledges to enforce Obama-era methane rule amid rewrite

    Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:53:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will enforce an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production, even as it seeks to rewrite the rule to be more industry-friendly, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday.

  • Brazil's Temer vetoes opening up Amazon, but changes likely

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:53:25 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Michel Temer has vetoed legislation that would have reduced the size of Brazil's protected environmental reserves, most of them in the Amazon region.

  • Volkswagen unveils new version of Polo subcompact

    Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:14:13 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is unveiling a new version of its Polo subcompact, the sixth edition of a car that has sold 14 million units since it was introduced in 1975.

  • Agencies slow methane rules opposed by oil, gas industry

    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:34:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production.

  • Trump's plan to gut EPA gets cool reception on Capitol Hill

    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:55:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump's environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration's proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency.

  • Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline surprises oil industry

    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:37:23 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge's ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a "game changer" for North Dakota oil.

  • Former UN chief: Trump causing a global leadership vacuum

    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:30:22 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Donald Trump should stand "on the right side of history" by reconsidering the decision to pull his country out of the Paris climate change accord, a decision Ban called "misguided" and responding to a "short-term vision."

  • California governor named adviser for UN climate conference

    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:21:12 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown was named Tuesday as a special envoy to states at the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, further elevating his international profile as a leader on the issue as President Donald Trump backs away from a key international agreement.