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Extinction bites: countries agree to protect sharks and rays

Aug. 25, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean's most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup. Three proposals covering...

Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Aug. 25, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying that...

New maps chart possible course for estuary restoration

Aug. 25, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Oregon (AP) — A new survey reveals the West Coast has lost about 85% of its historical estuary habitat, but the mapping could also help identify restoration opportunities and provide a baseline for predicting future changes. Though large estuaries like the Columbia River have been mapped and...

Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out. Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a yellow-flowered shrub that's taking root in New York state parks. She's one of a new breed of detection dog...

51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire

Aug. 23, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wildfire burning north of Anchorage, Alaska, has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials said Friday. Another 84 buildings between the communities of Willow and Talkeetna, about 70 miles north of the state's largest city, also have been destroyed, fire information...

Bolsonaro to send army to fight huge fires in the Amazon

Aug. 23, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

PORT VELHO, Brazil (AP) — Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil's Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will deploy...

Rangers righty Farrell returns after broken jaw, concussion

Aug. 23, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Texas reliever Luke Farrell, out since being hit in the face by line drive in spring training, was activated from the 60-day injured list by the Rangers before their game Friday against the White Sox. The 28-year-old right-hander has spent the entire season rehabbing since suffering a...

Work on more border wall starts in Arizona, New Mexico

Aug. 23, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — Work crews in Arizona and New Mexico forged ahead Friday with construction of taller border fencing funded through a national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump. The work on his hallmark campaign promise involves mostly replacement fencing along a 46-mile stretch of...

AP Explains: The causes and risks of the Amazon fires

Aug. 23, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world's largest rainforest is often called the "lungs of the earth." Here's a look at what's happening: ___ WHAT'S BURNING? Brazil's National Space...

The Latest: France halts Brazil trade deal over Amazon fires

Aug. 23, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the reaction to the fires in the Amazon (all times local): 2:30 p.m. In a sharp escalation of tensions with Brazil, France is accusing President Jair Bolsonaro of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and says it now opposes a trade deal with the South American bloc...