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From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of...

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

Open-pit phosphate mines approved in Idaho with safeguards

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved two open-pit phosphate mines in eastern Idaho that include environmental protections intended to prevent the type of pollution caused by past phosphate mining in the area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it approved the Caldwell Canyon...

Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution

Aug. 16, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution. The state Air Quality Control Commission, which passed the rule on an 8-1 vote, said the requirement applies to auto manufacturers, not buyers....

Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back

Aug. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from their flights will be compensated for. A spokeswoman for...

Mayor: Officials waited days to warn of lake chemical spill

Aug. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the...

The Latest: Mayor: Officials delayed notifying city of spill

Aug. 16, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a chemical spill northwestern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A northwestern Indiana mayor says state environmental officials waited several days before notifying his city about a chemical spill that has caused a fish kill and prompted the...

Coast Guard reports oil spill in southern Louisiana

Aug. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil spill has been spotted near an estimated 200-foot (61-meter) by 600-foot (183-meter) area of marshland near Plaquemines Parish in southern Louisiana. In a news release, the Coast Guard said late Thursday that OMI Environmental Solutions has put out about 300 feet (91 meters) of...

Data confirms growing dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

Aug. 16, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland scientists have been warning of a growing "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay. Now the numbers are in, confirming their dire warnings were correct. Natural Resources Department data shows an area with little to no oxygen spread to 2 cubic miles (8 cubic kilometers) by late...