Latest Biodiversity News

Chevron spills 800,000 gallons of oil, water in California

Jul. 12, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and...

Leonardo DiCaprio helps create new environmental alliance

Jul. 2, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is joining with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create a new nonprofit environmental powerhouse charged with tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity. The new organization, Earth Alliance, "will work globally to...

Environmental group ends suit over land for endangered frog

Jul. 1, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group is dropping its legal fight over critical habitat for an endangered frog, with a settlement now proposed in the case, but the group also says the story isn't over. "It might not be 'that's it,' but it is for now. The decision will go back to the U.S. Fish and...

Group wants grizzly bears restored to more US states

Jun. 27, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies. Grizzly bears are protected as a threatened species outside Alaska. An...

5 endangered black rhinos relocated from Europe to Rwanda

Jun. 24, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Five critically endangered eastern black rhinos from wildlife parks in three European countries were transported to Rwanda's Akagera National Park on Monday. Two male and three female eastern black rhinoceroses were released into protective enclosures and will eventually be introduced...

Pup fostering gives genetic boost to wild Mexican wolves

Jun. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a carefully planned mission that involves coordination across state lines — from Mexican gray wolf dens hidden deep in the woods of New Mexico and Arizona to breeding facilities at zoos and special conservation centers around the U.S. It's also about timing as wolves in...

Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision

Jun. 13, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental group sued the Trump administration Thursday for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast. The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries...

Save the bees (and time and money) by creating a bee lawn

May. 28, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

Flowering "bee lawns" that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That makes them cost-effective, too. Bee lawns are turf grasses blended with low-growing perennials that bloom...