environment

Chimps varied “culture” matters for conservation, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some chimpanzee groups are stone-throwers. Some use rocks to crack open tree nuts to eat. Others use sticks to fish for algae. As researchers learn more about Homo sapiens‘ closest living genetic relatives, they are also discovering more about the diversity of behaviors within chimpanzee groups — activities learned, at least in part … Continue reading Chimps varied “culture” matters for conservation, study says

Scientists begin exploring Indian Ocean depths in Seychelles

ALPHONSE ATOLL, Seychelles (AP) — An unprecedented mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves began its research on Thursday, in Seychelles waters. The British-led Nekton Mission arrived off the tiny atoll of Alphonse in the early morning hours, after looming bad weather forced a change of plan and … Continue reading Scientists begin exploring Indian Ocean depths in Seychelles

AP NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that’s rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The Associated Press. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was … Continue reading AP NewsBreak: US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila’s airport. The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong, Customs … Continue reading Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Indonesia court allows dam in orangutan habitat to proceed

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists lost a court challenge Monday to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species. The state administrative court in North Sumatra’s capital, Medan, ruled that construction can continue despite critics of the 510-megawatt hydro dam providing evidence that its environmental … Continue reading Indonesia court allows dam in orangutan habitat to proceed

Underground fire at Arkansas dump raises health concerns

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — More than seven months after residents first noticed a fire at an illegal dumping site in northwest Arkansas, it’s still smoldering, sending noxious smoke throughout the town and seeping into homes, with costs to extinguish the fire estimated at tens of millions of dollars. Chris Nelson, 40, lives with his … Continue reading Underground fire at Arkansas dump raises health concerns

Thousands gather in Hamburg, elsewhere for climate protest

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students have gathered in the German city of Hamburg as part of a worldwide protest calling for action to curb global warming. Friday’s rally in the northern port city is being led by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has become a prominent voice in campaigns against climate change. In … Continue reading Thousands gather in Hamburg, elsewhere for climate protest

Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

DETROIT / FEBRUARY 26, 2019 (STL.News) Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion plan that includes building the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades and increasing its workforce in the area by about 6,500 jobs, an investment officials touted as an uncommon opportunity to revive the region’s economy. Under … Continue reading Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion investment plan it said would increase its workforce in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs by about 6,500 jobs to build all-new or next-generation SUVs, in a move touted by officials as an uncommon opportunity to revive the regional economy. Under the plan, the company … Continue reading Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

China county suspends fracking after quakes worry residents

BEIJING (AP) — A county in western China has suspended drilling for shale gas after a protest by residents who suspected fracking work caused a series of earthquakes that led to two deaths. The first quake hit Sichuan province’s Rongxian county on Sunday morning, followed by two more, including a magnitude 4.9 temblor on Monday … Continue reading China county suspends fracking after quakes worry residents

California district stalls West drought plan over lake money

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to Colorado River water is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest lake, hoping to capitalize on one of its best opportunities to tackle a long-standing environmental and human health hazard. The Imperial Irrigation District wants $200 million … Continue reading California district stalls West drought plan over lake money

Frenchman picked to head UN-backed climate fund

BERLIN (AP) — Frenchman Yannick Glemarec has been picked to head a U.N.-backed body that helps developing countries fund efforts to tackle climate change. The Green Climate Fund said Monday that its board selected Glemarec at a meeting in South Korea, where it is based. The fund has received billions of dollars (euros) to help … Continue reading Frenchman picked to head UN-backed climate fund

Consumer goods companies preparing for climate change impact

BERLIN (AP) — Companies behind some of the best-known consumer products — from soaps to sodas — are beginning to factor climate change into their business equation, according to a report published Monday. The survey of 16 major corporations by nonprofit group CDP found that many are working to lower their carbon emissions, prepare for … Continue reading Consumer goods companies preparing for climate change impact

LOS ANGELES | Poop-to-power part of Aliso Canyon settlement raises stink

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A stink is being raised over a $120 million court settlement from the nation’s largest-known natural gas leak and it’s not about money, but cow manure. Environmental groups have criticized a plan to put more than a fifth of the settlement toward capturing climate-changing methane from dairy farms in the state’s … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Poop-to-power part of Aliso Canyon settlement raises stink

HELSINKI | Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonian construction workers got the shock of their lives when they found out the animal they saved from an icy river was not a dog but a wolf. Rando Kartsepp, Robin Sillamae and Erki Vali told the Postimees newspaper they were working at the Sindi dam on the frozen Parnu River in … Continue reading HELSINKI | Animal saved from icy Estonian river turns out to be a wolf

OMAHA, Neb | Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the company he built through decades of acquisitions continues to perform well even though he hasn’t found any major deals at attractive prices recently. Buffett released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday. He wrote that investors should continue betting on the American economy … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb | Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy

WASHINGTON | Mueller: Manafort ‘brazenly violated the law’ for years

WASHINGTON (AP)— Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to “the heart of the criminal justice system” and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and “members of the executive branch of the United States government,” according to a sentencing memo filed Saturday by special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller: Manafort ‘brazenly violated the law’ for years

PARIS | Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a “product like any other.” Macron’s speech at his country’s premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French farmers’ anger at government policies seen as favoring urban elites … Continue reading PARIS | Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

WELLINGTON, New Zealand | China says coal handling delayed by environmental checks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China said Friday that reported delays in handling of coal shipments from Australia were due to stepped up inspections to protect the environment. “In recent years, China Customs has found that some of the imported coal didn’t meet our environmental protection standards when it carried out inspection and testing on … Continue reading WELLINGTON, New Zealand | China says coal handling delayed by environmental checks

LONDON | Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

LONDON (AP) — Zebra stripes are dazzling — particularly to flies. That’s the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine why zebras have stripes. The researchers found that fewer horseflies landed on the cloaked horses than on … Continue reading LONDON | Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

WASHINGTON | White House ends California talks on mileage standards

WASHINGTON (AP)) — The Trump administration broke off vehicle mileage standards talks with California on Thursday, moving the two closer to a possible court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House said in a statement that the administration, which wants to freeze mileage standards, would now move unilaterally to “finalize a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House ends California talks on mileage standards

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: ‘EMPIRE’ ACTOR GOES FROM VICTIM TO ACCUSED FELON “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turns himself in to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men. FIRE … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

WASHINGTON | AP survey: Health care, immigration high on voters’ minds

WASHINGTON  — Health care and immigration were high on voters’ minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press. AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered President Donald Trump a factor in their votes. Control of the Senate and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP survey: Health care, immigration high on voters’ minds

MIAMI | Obama urges Florida voters to support Democratic candidates

MIAMI— Former President Barack Obama told attendees at a Friday campaign event for Florida‘s Democratic candidates that democracy can’t work when words stop having meaning. Obama encouraged a crowd of more than 4,000 to vote for gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and others during the event in Miami. “We need leaders who … Continue reading MIAMI | Obama urges Florida voters to support Democratic candidates

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga | Royals Harry and Meghan dedicate forest reserves in Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have dedicated two forest reserves in Tonga as they continue their trip of the South Pacific. Prince Harry said Friday that Tonga is leading by example and “understands deeply” the impact of environmental changes because the islands are directly affected. Speaking at Tupou College, Harry said … Continue reading NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga | Royals Harry and Meghan dedicate forest reserves in Tonga

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | DeSantis, Gillum debate Trump and more in Florida debate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Race, the economy, the environment and President Donald Trump were subjects of the first debate in Florida governor’s race. Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum squared off Sunday on CNN, clearly setting out their differences. Gillum criticized DeSantis for a comment he made that Florida voters wouldn’t … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | DeSantis, Gillum debate Trump and more in Florida debate

GENEVA | Return to sender: Postal union warns of fallout if US leaves

GENEVA— No international letters, no international packages: A top official with a 192-country postal union says that’s what Americans can expect if the Trump administration goes through with plans to pull of an international postal treaty over concerns about China. Pascal Clivaz, deputy director-general of the Switzerland-based Universal Postal Union, says the agency reached out … Continue reading GENEVA | Return to sender: Postal union warns of fallout if US leaves

HOUSTON | Environmentalists file 3rd lawsuit over Trump wall plans

HOUSTON— Environmental groups filed another lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s use of waivers to speed up construction of a border wall, this time in Texas. Three groups sued the Department of Homeland Security, a week after the agency waived environmental laws along a roughly 25-mile (40-kilometer) stretch of border in the Rio Grande Valley, … Continue reading HOUSTON | Environmentalists file 3rd lawsuit over Trump wall plans

FRESNO, Calif. | Trump plan to rollback fuel standards to get second hearing

FRESNO, Calif. — The Trump administration’s proposal to rollback national fuel economy standards was headed for its second public hearing a day after California officials and scores of speakers here blasted it as a danger to the environment and public health. The second hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan — a city in … Continue reading FRESNO, Calif. | Trump plan to rollback fuel standards to get second hearing

HARTFORD, Conn. | States blast Trump administration coal plan, mull lawsuits

HARTFORD, Conn. — States with a history of fighting air pollution from coal-fired power plants are denouncing the Trump administration’s move to scale back restrictions on emissions, with some threatening court challenges. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan pledged Tuesday to “take legal action to ensure the federal government does its job” to protect the environment … Continue reading HARTFORD, Conn. | States blast Trump administration coal plan, mull lawsuits