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FILE - In this Thursday March 6, 2014, file photo, the sun sets beyond pumpjacks operating at the Inglewood oil fields in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. California issued new fracking permits Friday, April 3, 2020. It's the first new permits issued since July of last year, when Gov. Gavin Newsom fired the state's top oil and gas regulator after a report showed fracking permits had increased 35 percent since Newsom took office. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Apr. 4, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story published April 3, 2020, The Associated Press reported California officials had authorized the first new oil wells in the state since July. The story should have made clear that California officials had authorized the first new oil wells using hydraulic fracturing since...

Hawaii conservation groups file white-tip shark lawsuit

Apr. 4, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service was asked in a lawsuit filed in Hawaii to protect Pacific oceanic white-tip sharks, which are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The environmental law firm Earthjustice filed the lawsuit on behalf of several conservation...

Phoenix area water reservoirs near full after wet winter

Apr. 3, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Reservoirs have reached near capacity along the Verde and Salt rivers after a wet season caused rain and snow runoff across central Arizona mountains. The Salt River Project's system of six reservoirs is now 98% full, its highest level since 2010, the Arizona Republic reported. In...

Ponds remain relatively stagnant during an expedition to monitor wildlife populations held by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in Diamond Fork Canyon on Monday, March 30, 2020, east of Spanish Fork, Utah.  Officials are searching for eggs belonging to the Columbia spotted frog to monitor their population levels. The frog is one of four amphibians on the state's sensitive species list because of the threats to its habitat and by predators. (Isaac Hale/The Daily Herald via AP)

Biologists wade through Utah ponds in search of frog eggs

Apr. 2, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spent Monday afternoon wading through ponds near Diamond Fork Canyon with one goal in mind: to find frog eggs. More specifically, the DWR wildlife biologists were looking for eggs belonging to the Columbia spotted frog, a native...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and David Attenborough speak with school children during the launch of the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit in London, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Johnson is expected to announce a target to stop selling new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via AP)

UN climate summit postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19

Apr. 1, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — This year's United Nations global climate summit is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, host country Britain said Wednesday, The U.K. government said the meeting, due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, will now be held next year at a date still to be determined....

Fifth Guajajara tribesman killed in Brazil in five months

Apr. 1, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A member of the Brazilian indigenous group known for its forest guardians who fight illegal deforestation in their territory was killed Tuesday, marking the fifth slaying of a Guajajara tribesman since November. The body of Zezico Guajajara, a teacher who had repeatedly denounced...

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 24, 2020, people fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta's Elk Slough near Courtland, Calif. California regulators on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, announced a set of new rules on how much water can be taken from the state's largest rivers that run through the delta. The new rules have angered water agencies for limiting how much they can take. But the rules have also angered environmental groups, who say the limits are not low enough to protect endangered species. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California rules anger water agencies, environmental groups

Mar. 31, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Tuesday set new rules about how much water can be taken from the state's largest rivers, angering water agencies for restricting how much they can take and environmental groups for not making those limits low enough to protect endangered species. Most of...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Disputed Canada-US oil pipeline work to start in April

Mar. 31, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for a proposal that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes....

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...

A medical worker wearing protective equipment set up signs to screen people referred by doctors for COVID-19 testing in a parking lot of FedEx Field, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Landover, Md. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Top Maryland lawmakers call for option to vote in person

Mar. 31, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's top legislative leaders said Tuesday that they were not ready to agree to a recommendation by the state elections board to have all ballots for the June 2 primary cast by mail, a measure that was suggested to protect poll workers from the coronavirus. Senate President Bill...