Environmental concerns - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Environmental concerns Man sickened by nacho cheese in botulism outbreak dies SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of at least 10 people apparently sickened by nacho-cheese dip sold at a California gas station has died, health officials said Monday. The San Francisco County coroner's office identified the victim as Martin Galindo-Larios Jr., 37. An online fundraising page that claimed to have been set up by his family said he was married and the father of tw... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:47:00Z APNewsBreak: Leaks found on Dakota Access pipeline system BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation. Two barrels, or 84 gallons (320 liters), spilled due to a leaky flange at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3, according to the ... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:27:00 GMT 2017-05-22T20:27:00Z Climate change taking toll on clarity of Lake Tahoe water CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. (AP) — Climate change is causing Lake Tahoe to warm sooner in the spring than it has historically, disrupting the normal mixing of shallow and deep water and undercutting gains made in reversing the loss of clarity of the cobalt mountain lake, scientists say. "Climate change is impacting not only Lake Tahoe's water quality, but also the ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:32:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:32:00Z China says no mining in its immediate plans for Antarctica BEIJING (AP) — China plans to expand its scientific research in Antarctica in coming years amid worries over the area's susceptibility to climate change, but has no immediate plans to mine or develop natural resources that could be exposed as the ice cap shrinks, government officials said Monday. China's growing interest in the frozen continent is in the ... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:29:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:29:00Z Charges shed light on sea cucumber smuggling at US border SAN DIEGO (AP) — Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade. David Mayorquin and his father, Ramon Torres Mayorquin, are accused of a scheme to buy the illegally harvested anim... Sat, 20 May 2017 04:41:00 GMT 2017-05-20T04:41:00Z Volkswagen has fix for more cars in cheating scandal SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. and California regulators approved a fix for more Volkswagen cars caught up in the company's emissions cheating scandal, giving their owners an option to keep the vehicles instead of having the automaker buy them back, regulators announced Friday. The modification to bring the vehicles into compliance with U.S. emissions standard... Fri, 19 May 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-05-19T20:00:00Z Illinois Zoo Exhibits Endangered Pangolin The Pangolin, aslo known as the scaly anteater is the newest animal on dispaly at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. The species, found in Africa and Asia,... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:06:00Z Family business charged with smuggling sea cucumbers to US SAN DIEGO (AP) — A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. Depending on the species, sea cucumbers can go for as much as $300 a pound in China and Hong Kong, authorities say. Ramon Torres Mayorquin and h... Fri, 19 May 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T04:23:00Z Indonesia arrests Japanese man in reptile smuggling JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Japanese man who conservationists say is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 250 reptiles out of the country. The head of law enforcement at Jakarta's international airport, Ridwan Alaydrus, said Thursday that Katsuhide Naito was arreste... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:42:00Z Go west, young pine: US forests shifting with climate change WASHINGTON (AP) — A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds. The eastern white pine is going west, more than 80 miles (130 kilometers) since the early 1980s. The eastern cottonwood has been heading 77 miles north (124 kilometers), according to the research based on about three decades of fore... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:30:00Z Alaska owner plans to resurrect strip club boat for summer ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man is resurrecting a strip club he operated on board his converted crab boat before he was convicted on waste disposal charges involving the vessel. This time, he's billing the enterprise as a nightly protest. Darren Byler says he will begin his summer-long "First Amendment Freedom of Assembly" demons... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:01:00Z Democrats' debate for Virginia governor a study in nuance NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed Tuesday over proposed gas pipelines and each other's past positions on gun rights at their penultimate debate in Norfolk on Tuesday evening. But the forum was mostly a study in policy nuances within the Democratic playbook. Both Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perri... Wed, 17 May 2017 02:46:00 GMT 2017-05-17T02:46:00Z Global tailpipe tests vastly underestimate diesel pollution WASHINGTON (AP) — Pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars globally is more than 50 percent higher than levels shown in government lab tests, a new study says. That extra pollution translated to another 38,000 deaths from soot and smog in 2015, the researchers estimated. The work published Monday in the journal Nature was a follow-u... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:06:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:06:00Z Malaysia seizes 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday that they have seized 330 exotic tortoises from Madagascar worth 1.2 million ringgit ($276,721), in the latest heist of illegal wildlife and animal parts being smuggled into the country. Deputy customs director Abdull Wahid Sulong said that 325 Indian Star tortoises and five Ploughshare torto... Mon, 15 May 2017 10:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T10:23:00Z EPA allows mine company to pursue permits near Alaska bay JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a sharp reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a way for a company to seek permits to develop a massive copper and gold deposit near the headwaters of a world-class salmon fishery in southwest Alaska. As part of a court settlement with the Pebble Limited Partnership, the EPA agreed to begin the process of w... Sat, 13 May 2017 00:14:00 GMT 2017-05-13T00:14:00Z Utilities group petitions EPA head to upend coal ash rule WASHINGTON (AP) — A utilities group asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to sweep away rules governing the disposal of the poison-laden ash left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity. The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group filed a petition asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reconsider broad sections of the Coal Combusti... Fri, 12 May 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-05-12T23:22:00Z US nuclear site's collapsed tunnel may have gone unnoticed SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The large sinkhole that caved in a tunnel filled with radioactive waste at a sprawling Washington state nuclear waste repository may have gone unnoticed for days before its discovery because workers do not patrol tunnel sites daily, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday. The sinkhole was found Tuesday, prompting... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:55:00 GMT 2017-05-11T22:55:00Z Trump environmental chief to prioritize toxic sites' cleanup WASHINGTON (AP) — As the head of the Environmental Protection Agency rolls back regulations aimed at preventing future pollution, he also is pledging to focus on cleaning up decades-old contamination. Scott Pruitt has directed his regional chiefs to elevate Superfund cleanup efforts to what he describes as their rightful place as the agency's core mission... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:32:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:32:00Z Daikon's $5 million Alabama water pollution payment approved DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a partial settlement in a lawsuit over contaminated drinking water in north Alabama. The Decatur Daily ( ) reports that U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon has approved a $5 million payment by Daikin America to end its part of the case. Most of that payment will help pay for a temporary filtration system for... Thu, 11 May 2017 15:35:00 GMT 2017-05-11T15:35:00Z Environmentalists triumph as Senate upholds drilling rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed. The 51-49 vote against the repeal measure was a blow to the fossil-fuel industry and groups linked to the conservative Koch Brothers, which had waged a publ... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:30:00Z Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review. The April 4 spill was relatively small and was quickly cleaned up, and it didn't threaten any waterwa... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:05:00Z Name sought for rare albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A conservation group is asking the public to name a rare albino orangutan that was rescued from villagers on Borneo island last month, hoping it will become a symbol of efforts to save the critically endangered species. The 5-year-old female great ape is being kept in a dimly lit quarantine enclosure with round-the-clock veterina... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:35:00 GMT 2017-05-10T05:35:00Z States sue over Trump decision to restart coal lease program HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Four U.S. states filed a lawsuit Tuesday over President Donald Trump's decision to restart the sale of coal leases on federal lands, saying the Obama-era block of the leasing program was reversed without studying what's best for the environment and for taxpayers. The attorneys general of California, New Mexico, New York and Washington... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:51:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:51:00Z Energy state Republicans under pressure on methane rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans from energy-producing states are under pressure as the Senate weighs whether to overturn an Obama-era regulation to restrict harmful methane emissions escaping from oil and gas wells on public land. A coalition of groups with ties to the fossil-fuel industry and the conservative Koch Brothers have waged a public campaign to o... Tue, 09 May 2017 21:43:00 GMT 2017-05-09T21:43:00Z Threatened bird nesting again on Los Angeles area beaches LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western snowy plover is nesting along the Los Angeles area coast for the first time in nearly seven decades, federal officials said. Nests for the small, rare shorebird were found last month at Santa Monica Beach, Dockweiler State Beach, and Malibu Lagoon State Beach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported Monday. Biologists placed wire cages arou... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:19:00Z Former UN chief concerned by Trump's go-it-alone policies NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's go-it-alone foreign policy is weakening America's standing at a time of tumult, Kofi Annan told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview, lamenting how the U.S. leader's flip-flopping "makes it difficult for your friends" who still seek U.S. leadership. The former United Nations chief also discounted hopes ... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:11:00Z Annan Worried By Trump’s Go-It-Alone Policies President Donald Trump’s go-it-alone foreign policy is weakening America’s standing at a time of tumult in the world, Kofi Annan tells Associated Press... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:48:00 GMT 2017-05-09T16:48:00Z Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will not reappoint half the expert members of a board that advises the Environmental Protection Agency on the integrity of its science, the latest in a series of moves that could benefit industries whose pollution the government regulates. Deborah L. Swackhamer, chairwoman of the Board of Scientific Counselors, c... Mon, 08 May 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-05-08T20:53:00Z US to attend UN climate talks as Trump weighs Paris pullout WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Friday it will continue attending United Nations climate change meetings, even as President Donald Trump considers pulling the U.S. out of a global emissions-cutting deal. While U.S. representatives are in Bonn, Germany, next week for the U.N. talks, Trump's advisers will meet Tuesday to discuss what to do about th... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:11:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:11:00Z Buffett's investors facing more resolutions, like many firms OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Before billionaire Warren Buffett takes the stage Saturday to spend hours answering at his conglomerate's annual meeting, his investors had to weigh questions about climate change and disclosing political contributions. The type of measures Berkshire Hathaway shareholders face are becoming more common as groups push for change at compan... Fri, 05 May 2017 13:16:00 GMT 2017-05-05T13:16:00Z