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8 ways to get the most out of the farmers market with kids

Jun. 22, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

If there's one terrific way to get kids interested in trying new foods, understanding where food comes from, and choosing produce over chips (at least some of the time), it’s a trip to the farmers market. Along with farmers selling produce, there are makers selling...

Australian prison to be evacuated after mice move in

Jun. 22, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A plague of mice that has ravaged vast swathes of eastern Australia has forced the evacuation of a prison while authorities repair gnawed electrical wiring and clear dead and decaying mice from walls and ceilings. Around 200 staff and 420...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 22, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. June 15, 2021. Editorial: Pass it: A gun safety bill even gun-rights groups support More than two years ago, Gary Martin walked into a disciplinary meeting with his supervisors at an Aurora valve manufacturing plant. They told him he...

Turtle carcasses wash ashore in Sri Lanka after ship fire

Jun. 22, 2021 03:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nearly a hundred carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as a dozen dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burned and sank, raising fears of a severe marine disaster. Ecologists...

Australia fights UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef health

Jun. 22, 2021 03:10 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the U.N. World Heritage Committee’s proposal. The committee said...

Amid clamor to increase prescribed burns, obstacles await

Jun. 22, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In the 1950s, when University of California forestry professor Harold Biswell experimented with prescribed burns in the state's pine forests, many people thought he was nuts. “Harry the Torch,” “Burn-Em-Up Biswell” and “Doctor Burnwell”...

Nonprofit to release 'tree equity' scores for urban areas

Jun. 22, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit could use more trees — about 1.2 million more, according to American Forests. The Washington-based, nonprofit conservation organization on Tuesday published Tree Equity scores for 150,000 neighborhoods in 486 urbanized areas. ...

USVI oil refinery to shutter indefinitely amid violations

Jun. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A huge oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands that contaminated the environment in a series of events that sickened dozens of people and forced schools to close announced Monday that it would remain shuttered indefinitely. Limetree Bay...

Bear bites camper near Mystic Lake in Custer Gallatin forest

Jun. 21, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A bear bit a person who was camping near Mystic Lake in the Custer Gallatin National Forest over the weekend, the U.S. Forest Service said. Improperly stored food likely attracted bears to the area southeast of Bozeman before the attack, which...

US selects new cleanup contractor for Idaho nuclear site

Jun. 21, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a new $6.4 billion contract to clean up nuclear waste at its sprawling site in Idaho, which includes a national laboratory that does nuclear research. The Energy Department announced Friday that the...