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Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" said third officer...

Takeaways from AP and Univision China Fishing Investigation

Sep. 24, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

The Associated Press with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision accompanied the conservation group Sea Shepherd this summer on an 18-day voyage to observe up close for the first time the Chinese distant water fishing fleet on the high seas off South America. China’s deployment to this...

California struggles to conserve water amid historic drought

Sep. 21, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians failed to significantly cut back their water consumption in July, state officials announced Tuesday, foreshadowing some difficult decisions for Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration as an historic drought lingers into the fall. Newsom...

Group preserves 629 acres of Vermont Appalachian Trail

Sep. 19, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A land conservation group says 629 acres of forest land along the Appalachian Trail through the town of Killington have been protected. The Conservation Fund made the announcement in late August that the land had been conserved in partnership...

Illegal marijuana farms take West's water in 'blatant theft'

Sep. 17, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

LA PINE, Ore. (AP) — Jack Dwyer pursued a dream of getting back to the land by moving in 1972 to an idyllic, tree-studded parcel in Oregon with a creek running through it. “We were going to grow our own food. We were going to live righteously. We were going to grow...

Springfield water commission receives $250M EPA loan

Sep. 16, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has received a $250 million federal infrastructure loan. The loan is designed to help the agency improve water quality and reliability by rehabilitating aging infrastructure throughout the system. ...

Drought haves, have-nots test how to share water in the West

Sep. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Phil Fine stands in a parched field and watches a harvester gnaw through his carrot seed crop, spitting clouds of dust in its wake. Cracked dirt lines empty irrigation canals, and dust devils and tumbleweeds punctuate a landscape in shades of brown. ...

Henderson launches saturation patrols to reduce water waste

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — You can call it a saturation effort: The city of Henderson and Las Vegas Valley Water District say they're joining forces for enforcement patrols to identify water wasters in suburban southern Nevada. On Wednesday and Thursday, Henderson...

Pollution cleanup from sunken Alaska ship costing millions

Sep. 02, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Costs to contain pollution from a ship that sank near Kodiak Island more than 30 years ago have reached about $3 million in the weeks since authorities were notified of an oily sheen from the wreckage, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Alaska's...

Water ruling gives hope to opponents of Okefenokee mine plan

Sep. 01, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge's decision striking down a Trump-era rule that eliminated federal protections for some wetlands and streams is giving hope to opponents of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge in southeast Georgia. A federal judge in...