• 7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week

    BEIJING (AP) — Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China’s mining industry, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution

    This photo provided by Google shows windmills at a wind farm in Minco, Okla., that provides Google with some of its renewable energy. Google says it believes that beginning in 2017, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. (Tim Boyles Photography/Google via AP)

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity.

  • Indians look for solutions only when toxic pollution soars

    In this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 photo, people ride a motorcycle carrying air purifiers at a traffic intersection surrounded by a thick layer of smog in New Delhi, India. The news that the Indian capital is one of the dirtiest cities in the world, having surpassed Beijing for that dubious record, is three years old. But the awareness that it's toxic enough to leave its citizens chronically ill and requires long-term lifestyle changes is relatively nascent. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The truth of New Delhi’s toxic air finally hit home for Rakhi Singh when her 3-year-old son began to cough constantly early this year. She bought air purifiers for her home. When a thick, gray haze turned the view outside her home into a scene from a bad science fiction film last month, she bought pollution masks.

  • Rare weasel species makes a comeback in Washington state

    In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. Pacific fishers, forest-dwelling weasel-like mammals whose numbers have declined in the West Coast over the decades, are slowly making a comeback in Washington state. The fisher was among 10 captured days earlier in British Columbia, and then released Friday as part of a multi-year effort to restore them to their historic range. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park — returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades.

  • EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill.

  • Tribal leaders press feds on drilling plan in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders from several American Indian communities want federal land managers to consider the cultural significance of a large swath of land surrounding Chaco Cultural National Historic Park as they plan for more oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico.

  • Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue

    In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, Palestinian laborer Sami Abu Baker, 35, who has a fifteen years service in the charcoal factories, poses for a picture during a day work, in the West Bank town of Yabad, near Jenin. For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about the air pollution emanating from nearby Palestinian factories in the West Bank and the potential health hazards they pose. But now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting the worst offending charcoal plants, Palestinians say hundreds have been put out of work in a swift stamp of the military occupation.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    YABED, West Bank (AP) — For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers.

  • The Latest: Republican vows to reverse land planning change

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an overhaul of federal land-use planning for almost 250 million acres in the U.S. West (all times local):

  • APNewsBreak: US overhauls public land use planning

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. government officials on Thursday finalized an overhaul of how they plan for oil and gas drilling, mining, grazing and other activities across public lands in the West.

  • Carnival’s Princess line to pay $40M fine in pollution case

    MIAMI (AP) — Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship’s use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters, authorities said Thursday.