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Wildlife roam where US once made nuclear and chemical arms

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons...

At a glance: Weapons sites converted into wildlife refuges

Aug. 18, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

Six sites where the U.S. government manufactured or tested some of its most lethal weapons have been converted to wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: — Amchitka Island, part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Amchitka was the site of three U.S. underground nuclear...

County officials vote to favor mining near Okefenokee refuge

Aug. 16, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

FOLKSON, Ga. (AP) — County officials in Georgia are supporting a mining proposal near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that a U.S. agency has said could cause environmental damage. Radio station WSVH reports the Charlton County Commission voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a proclamation...

Major forest fire burns Greek nature reserve for 3rd day

Aug. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters struggled for a third day Thursday to tackle a wildfire burning through a pine forest on the Greek island of Evia. Nearly 400 firefighters, 11 helicopters and 13 planes — including two from Italy and one...

Government delays border barrier construction in Arizona

Aug. 14, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is delaying construction on parts of the border fence in Arizona because it's still working on design plans. Attorneys said in a court filing late Tuesday that plans to replace waist-high barriers this month with taller fencing in a wildlife refuge, national monument...

Firefighters battle blaze in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

MAKRYMALLI, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters battled a wildfire on the island of Evia for a second day Wednesday, with flare-ups in hard-to-reach areas hampering efforts to bring the blaze fully under control. The fire was burning through a protected nature...

Fire rages out of control in Greek island nature reserve

Aug. 13, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than a thousand firefighters battled wildfires Tuesday in Greece, with the largest burning out of control through a nature reserve on the island of Evia north of Athens causing four villages and a monastery to be evacuated. The country's civil protection authority declared a...

Conservation groups sue to block road in Alaska refuge

Aug. 7, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nine conservation groups on Wednesday sued the U.S. Interior Department over its latest proposed land trade that could lead to a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula contains internationally...

Groups tries to stop Trump's border-wall efforts in Arizona

Aug. 6, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmentalists have asked a judge to stop a plan to replace existing vehicle barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, arguing the Trump administration unlawfully waived dozens of laws as part of the project that will ultimately damage wildlife habitat. The injunction request...

Puffins fill up nesting islands this year despite challenges

Aug. 5, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the most beloved birds in Maine is having one of its most productive seasons for mating pairs in years on remote islands off the state's coast. Atlantic puffins, with their colorful beaks and waddling walks, are one of New England's best recognized seabirds. Maine is the only...