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Mine opponents to ask Minnesota Supreme Court to void permit

Nov. 29, 2022 14:37 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on an attempt by environmental groups to cancel a key permit for a long-stalled copper-nickel mine. Opponents of PolyMet Mining Corp.′s project say state regulators should have included...

EXPLAINER: What hazards are posed by Hawaii's Mauna Loa?

Nov. 29, 2022 14:10 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava is shooting 100 feet to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters) into the air as Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, erupts for the first time in nearly 40 years. For now, lava is not threatening any homes or communities and no evacuation orders have been...

US bat species devastated by fungus now listed as endangered

Nov. 29, 2022 12:51 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease. “White-nose syndrome is decimating cave-dwelling...

Judge orders Enbridge, tribe to form emergency pipeline plan

Nov. 29, 2022 11:55 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered energy company Enbridge Inc. and an American Indian tribe to come up with an emergency plan to prevent potential spills from an aging oil pipeline running across the tribe's reservation. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa...

Panama confronts illegal trafficking of animals

Nov. 29, 2022 10:31 AM EST

ANCON, Panama (AP) — In a tropical forest beside the Panama Canal, two black-handed spider monkeys swing about their wire enclosure, balanced by their long tails. They arrived at this government rehabilitation center after environmental authorities seized them from people who had been keeping...

Houston lifts boil-water order affecting more than 2 million

Nov. 29, 2022 08:13 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials lifted an order Tuesday that had called for more than 2 million people in the nation's fourth-largest city to boil their tap water before drinking or using it. The boil order had been in effect since Sunday, when a power outage at a purification...

Drying California lake to get $250M in US drought funding

Nov. 28, 2022 22:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Monday it will spend $250 million over four years on environmental cleanup and restoration work around a drying Southern California lake that's fed by the depleted Colorado River. The future of the Salton Sea, and who is...

Australia argues against 'endangered' Barrier Reef status

Nov. 28, 2022 22:27 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s environment minister said Tuesday her government will lobby against UNESCO adding the Great Barrier Reef to a list of endangered World Heritage sites, arguing that criticisms of government inaction on climate change were outdated. Officials...

Montana judge to decide on wolf hunting limits

Nov. 28, 2022 21:02 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge said he would decide Tuesday whether to continue temporary limits he placed on wolf hunting or to restore quotas and hunting methods pending a trial over changes in the way the state estimates the size of the wolf population, which informs hunting quotas. ...

US rule would limit methane leaks from public lands drilling

Nov. 28, 2022 19:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department on Monday proposed rules to limit methane leaks from oil and gas drilling on public lands, the latest action by the Biden administration to crack down on emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming. ...