Latest Biodiversity News

Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to...

US, Brazil hold talks on trade, Amazon protection

Sep. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Brazil deepened a new era of closer cooperation Friday with their first high-level strategic dialogue in seven years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said both countries will seek to increase binational trade that already surpasses $100 billion a year and plan to...

Pope denounces exploitation of Madagascar's unique resources

Sep. 7, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its people in...

Groups sue over rules they say could harm belugas in Alaska

Sep. 4, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups are suing a federal agency over rules they say could harm beluga whales and other marine mammals in Alaska's Cook Inlet. An attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, which is challenging the rules along with Cook Inletkeeper, said the lawsuit was filed...

To help bees through lean times, plant a variety of blooms

Sep. 3, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

The lack of four-season food sources is one of the leading causes of the world's declining bee populations. At certain times of year, there simply isn't enough nutrition in the natural environment to fill the collective demand. Rapidly increasing urbanization, fencepost-to-fencepost farming, and pesticide use are...

The Latest: Trump declares G-7 summit a 'great success'

Aug. 27, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of Seven summit in France (all times local): 8:30 p.m. No, first lady Melania Trump hasn't had any secret meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The White House is clarifying comments made by President Donald Trump during a...

The Latest: Macron calls Amazon an issue for whole planet

Aug. 26, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the summit of leaders from the Group of Seven democracies (all times local): 10 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says the Amazon, while mostly Brazilian, is a world issue and that his message to Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro is "we cannot allow you to destroy...

One empty chair at G-7 climate meeting: Trump's

Aug. 26, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump skipped a discussion on climate with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France — then claimed to "know more about the environment than anyone." Trump left an empty chair as global power brokers debated Monday how to help the...

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...

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...