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Ambersnail found in Arizona, Utah to lose endangered status

Jan. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — An amber-colored snail found in Arizona and Utah could be losing it status as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services wants to remove the Kanab ambersnail from the list of threatened and endangered species, saying it's not a valid subspecies. The...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

UN report: 70% of world lives where inequality has grown

Jan. 21, 2020 9:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 70% of the world’s people live in countries where inequality has grown since 1990, including China and India, and growing inequalities are benefiting the wealthiest, a U.N. report said Tuesday. But increasing inequality is not a universal trend, the World Social...

US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...

Florida creates task force on sea-level rise

Jan. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday , advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of Resiliency and establish a task force to begin looking into how best to protect the state's 1350 miles (2,173...

President Donald Trump delivers the opening remarks at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump in Davos: Talking up economy, brushing off impeachment

Jan. 21, 2020 5:38 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump looked past the impeachment drama unfolding in Washington on Tuesday, turning his speech at an economic forum in the Swiss Alps into an unabashed sales pitch for the “blue-collar boom” in the U.S. economy that he says took place on his watch....

President Donald Trump meets with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Davos remarks rife with distortion

Jan. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a rarefied world stage in the Swiss Alps, President Donald Trump cited accomplishments on clean air that aren't real, a level of economic progress he hasn't achieved and a blue-collar boom yet to be seen. His preening performance at the Davos economic conference was rife with...

This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, a postal worker returns to their truck parked on a flooded street in Miami caused by high tides. Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly its real estate value, according to two new reports released last week. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua, File)

Reports: Flooding risks could devalue Florida real estate

Jan. 21, 2020 4:52 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly to the value of South Florida real estate, according to two new reports released last week. For years, Florida lawmakers...

Iowa wants expert review of Dakota Access Pipeline expansion

Jan. 21, 2020 2:35 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Iowa regulators want owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline to provide expert analysis to back up the company’s claim that doubling the line’s capacity won't increase the likelihood of a spill, a requirement their counterparts in North Dakota haven't imposed. Texas-based...