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Nigeria battles worst floods in years; 300 killed in 2022

Sep. 19, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is battling its worst floods in a decade with more than 300 people killed in 2022 including at least 20 this week, authorities told the Associated Press on Monday, admitting the situation is “beyond our control.” The floods in 27 of Nigeria’s 36...

Dwindling Colorado River Basin key to New Mexico agriculture

Sep. 18, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Glen Duggins, who grows chile, alfalfa and vegetables, found himself praying for rain in June and feeling grateful to receive some water from the Colorado River Basin. A La Nina weather pattern had caused an exceptionally dry winter and spring, depleting the...

On the Colorado River, growing concern for trout and chub

Sep. 17, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — To guide fishing trips for a year or two, that's what brought Terry Gunn to the red canyons of northern Arizona. The chance to hike, raft and fly fish drew Wendy Hanvold, a retired ski bum, who took a job there waiting tables at an anglers lodge. She heard rumors of the intrepid...

Federal report boosts plan to remove 4 dams on Calif river

Aug. 26, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators on Friday issued a final environmental impact statement that supports the demolition of four massive dams on Northern California’s Klamath River to save imperiled migratory salmon. The staff's recommendation, which largely echoes an...

Report: Benefits of dams must be replaced before breaching

Aug. 25, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River must be replaced before the dams can be breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a final report issued Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. ...

US protections for Idaho salmon, steelhead are here to stay

Aug. 19, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A five-year review by U.S. officials has determined that Endangered Species Act protections for ocean-going salmon and steelhead that reproduce in the Snake River and its Idaho tributaries must stay in effect. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Columbia River's salmon are at the core of ancient religion

Aug. 18, 2022 09:40 AM EDT

ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls where the water froths and rushes through steep canyon walls just before merging with the Columbia River. His silvery ponytail flutters in the wind, and a string of eagle claws adorns his neck. ...

Nepal's holy Bagmati River choked with black sewage, trash

Aug. 17, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — High on a mountain in the Himalayas, pristine drops fall from the mouth of a tiger statue installed at a stream thought to form the headwaters of the Bagmati River, long revered as having the power to purify souls. From there it wends its way downhill past verdant forests...

Columbia River's salmon are at the core of ancient religion

Aug. 16, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) — James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls where the water froths and rushes through steep canyon walls just before merging with the Columbia River. His silvery ponytail flutters in the wind, and a string of eagle claws adorns his neck. ...

Problematic or perilous: Brazil's environmental choice

Aug. 07, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One president of Brazil built a giant dam that wrought tremendous damage in the Amazon rainforest. He slashed the size of a protected area to accommodate land grabbers. He steered billions of dollars toward the land-hungry cattle industry. That president...