German port a battleground for EU's fragile political center

BREMERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — If Joachim Schuster is worried about his job, he's not letting on. A jolly German in his mid-fifties with spiky greying hair and a broad smile, Schuster w...

Work underway on British tanker sunk by U-boat off NY in WW2

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Work is underway to extract oil from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II. A team has been at the site of the tanker,...

Enough plastic already! HK celebs say no to pollution

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Celebrities in Hong Kong were showered with plastic waste for a video intended to discourage people from using disposable plastic products. The “Enough Plastic&rd...

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that...

Mexico City lifts pollution alert as air quality improves

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's capital has lifted a pollution alert in effect since Wednesday saying the concentration of tiny particles in the air had fallen significantly. The environ...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Poor residen...

Mexico City closes schools, restricts traffic due to smoke

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City officials have cancelled classes for millions of students as smoke from brush fires continues to choke the city of 9 million. A light rain overnight ha...

Thousands of fires recorded across Mexico this year

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is facing an extremely heavy season of brush and forest fires, with 4,425 blazes recorded so far this year. The federal Environment Department said Wednesda...

Texas petrochemical facility with March blaze has flash fire

DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — A company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility that burned for days in March says it quickly extinguished a small fire that broke out at the facility during ...

Museums laud design inspired by, committed to nature

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and the Cube design museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands, have joined forces in "Nature," a blockbuster show devoted to cutting-edge designs both ins...

Mexico City declares pollution alert over smoke from fires

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City has declared a pollution emergency over smoke from brushfires that has cast a pall over the city of 9 million. The measure is not accompanied by the us...

Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved but not by US

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say. ...

Great Sand Dunes named International Dark Sky Park

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has been recognized for its unpolluted views of the night sky. KOAA-TV reports the International Dark-Sky Associatio...

Mexico's prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling...

Report: Air quality harmed as Texas oil production booms

DALLAS (AP) — The production of oil and natural gas in West Texas is booming but it's coming at a cost to residents who are regularly exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a repor...