Latest Environmental concerns News

Algae bloom helps shellfish industry

Apr. 21, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — A record-breaking algae bloom in Narragansett Bay is setting the stage for a booming shellfish season. The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island's algae bloom this past winter was the largest on record, and could fuel a spike in clam and scallop numbers. University of Rhode...

Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule

Apr. 20, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily. Attorneys for 13 groups on Friday asked a federal appeals court in Denver to block an order by a lower court that halted the regulation. The rule...

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Apr. 20, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough. Australian scientists Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate, using trash...

New Jersey governor signs drill ban to thwart Trump plan

Apr. 20, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — On the anniversary of the largest marine oil spill in the petroleum industry, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday prohibiting oil and natural gas drilling in state waters, as well as preventing infrastructure like pipelines that could support drilling in more...

Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable

Apr. 20, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Designers are confronting what it means to be sustainable at the Milan Furniture Show. There is the tried and true — durable, sometimes luxurious classic pieces that can be passed down through generations. Increasingly, the focus is also on materials and sourcing, ensuring that they...

1 person in custody after raids at Porsche

Apr. 20, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors say one person is in custody in an investigation of current and former managers at automaker Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen, over the company's diesel emissions scandal. Prosecutors in Stuttgart declined Friday to identify the person, arrested following raids Wednesday...

Evidence of an oil spill was obvious, but was it a crime?

Apr. 19, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An acrid stink of petroleum sent Santa Barbara County firefighters scrambling three years ago in a search of a possible spill. When they arrived at Refugio State Beach, oil was staining the pristine sands and seeping into the surf. Uphill they discovered oil gushing like a fire hose...

Officials eye ways to protect squirrels near Idaho dam

Apr. 19, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials are eyeing ways to protect a threatened squirrel species amid plans to expand a dam in western Idaho. The Idaho Water Resource Board has approved spending up to $30,000 to study mitigation options involving the effects of the Lost Valley Dam expansion project on the northern...

Thai court acquits northeastern gold mine protesters

Apr. 19, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand found seven environmental activists not guilty Thursday of violating a law on public gatherings that imposes severe penalties for actions that disrupt public services. The activists, all women, in November 2016 blocked access to a meeting at a local government office in...

US to chip in for Boeing's cleanup costs at bomber plant

Apr. 18, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government has agreed to chip in $51 million to clean up pollution at a Seattle site where The Boeing Co. made and tested B-17, B-52 and other bomber planes beginning in World War II. Boeing had sought to have the government pay for a share of the company's cleanup costs, which it...