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$1,200 prize offered in Wyoming for turning in moss balls

Apr. 13, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People in Wyoming who turn in aquarium moss balls for disposal so they don't spread an invasive species will be eligible to win $1,200. Wyoming officials have been alarmed by the recent discovery of zebra mussels in moss balls sold in pet stores. ...

Florida to close wastewater reservoir with leak history

Apr. 13, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. ...

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

Apr. 13, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030....

EU lacking sufficient electric cars charging infrastructure

Apr. 13, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In line with its ambition to make Europe a greener place, the European Union wants to drastically reduce gas emission from transport by 2050 and promote electric cars. But according to a report from the bloc's external auditor, it is lacking the appropriate charging...

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

Apr. 13, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. ...

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

Apr. 13, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It's a move that's fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbors. The...

Biologists use huge nets in Mississippi River to remove carp

Apr. 13, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources in both Wisconsin and Minnesota are working with federal officials to try a new method to capture and remove invasive carp from the Mississippi River. Biologists are using huge nets to section off parts of the...

Vermont's largest city on track to hit 'net zero' by 2030

Apr. 13, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington is on track to reach its “net zero” energy goal by 2030, said Mayor Miro Weinberger. Weinberger and others provided an update Monday on the city’s plans to reach the goal by the end of the decade. ...

Woman gets probation for unlawful sale of pangolin scales

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who illegally imported pangolin scales and sold them to an undercover officer from her Southeast Portland store was sentenced Monday to three years of federal probation. Agnes Yu, 53, who has owned Wing Ming Herbs with her husband for about...

European lawmakers, executives urge US to halve emissions

Apr. 13, 2021 07:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of European lawmakers, business executives and union leaders on Tuesday urged the United States to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the coming decade compared with 2005 levels. Ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden's climate summit with world...