Pollution

Mourners carry a coffin of prominent social activist Wissam al-Ghrawi in Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Iraqi police say religious cleric Wissam, who was linked to the ongoing protests over poor services in Basra, was killed outside his home after suggested that demonstrators should take up arms over the conditions in the city. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
November 18, 2018 - 6:20 am
BASRA, Iraq (AP) — Hundreds of Basra residents mourned a Muslim cleric on Sunday who police said was killed outside his home after he suggested that protestors should take up arms over poor public services in the city. Wissam al-Ghrawi was a prominent figure in demonstrations demanding clean water...
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EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, smiles as he is recognized by President Donald Trump during a Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Also pictured is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, second from right. Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the EPA since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got Trump's nod for the permanent job. Trump made the announcement in passing at a White House ceremony for Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 16, 2018 - 8:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump's nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent...
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Smoke hangs over the scorched remains of Old Town Plaza following the wildfire in Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The shopping center housed a Safeway and other businesses. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 15, 2018 - 2:33 pm
Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children,...
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November 15, 2018 - 12:37 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on...
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November 14, 2018 - 6:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly...
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Activists from ProgressNow Colorado, grassroots organizations and stakeholders join forces to demonstrate outside the United States headquarters of BP, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Denver. Meanwhile, only blocks to the east, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds its only public hearing on the Trump administration's plans to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 14, 2018 - 4:53 pm
DENVER (AP) — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the...
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FILE - This July 19, 2018, file photo, shows the property, southwest of Belfield, N.D, the future home of The Davis Refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. North Dakota water officials say the company developing the oil refinery has supplied adequate information to justify drawing water from an underwater aquifer. An attorney for area landowners challenging the recommended permit for the Davis Refinery counters that information from Meridian Energy Group has been vague and contradictory. The arguments came Wednesday, Nov. 14 during a hearing before an administrative law judge. (Tom Stromme /The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
November 14, 2018 - 4:09 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota has supplied adequate information to justify drawing water from an underwater aquifer, State Water Commission officials testified Wednesday. An attorney for area landowners challenging...
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November 13, 2018 - 3:02 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to rewrite rules that limit pollution from heavy trucks but that the EPA says slow the economy. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler argues that new technology can help improve air quality, noting that the...
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A firefighter battles a fire along the Ronald Reagan Freeway, aka state Highway 118, in Simi Valley, Calif., Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
November 13, 2018 - 1:15 pm
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area even as many neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled its advance last week. A massive plume rose suddenly at midmorning in the Santa Monica Mountains near the...
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Firefighters work to keep flames from spreading through the Shadowbrook apartment complex as a wildfire burns through Paradise, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
November 10, 2018 - 4:34 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor." Trump says Saturday "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in...
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