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Trump plan rolls back Obama's coal emissions standards

Aug. 21, 2018 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad authority to...

The Latest: Alaska Native leader responds to whale kill

Aug. 20, 2018 7:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Native hunters who illegally killed a whale (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The head of an Alaska Native organization who received a federal warning about the illegal killing of a protected gray whale last year says her group respects laws and treaties protecting...

APNewsBreak: Alaska Natives believed whale hunt was legal

Aug. 20, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Indigenous hunters in Alaska initially believed they were legally hunting a beluga whale when they unlawfully killed a protected gray whale with harpoons and guns after the massive animal strayed into a river last year, a federal investigative report said. After the shooting began,...

Correction: Drought-Colorado River story

Aug. 20, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In a story Aug. 15 about the Colorado River, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, reported erroneously when potential cutbacks could begin if a shortage is declared. A shortage could be declared in the latter part of 2019, and cutbacks could begin...

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power

Aug. 19, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that...

Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish

Aug. 17, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when they decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species....

Judge halts Trump rule that suspended clean water protection

Aug. 16, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has ruled the Trump administration did not properly seek public input when it suspended protections designed to thwart waterway pollution. The Post and Courier newspaper reports Thursday's decision by U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston...

Funding awarded to help control Great Lakes nutrient runoff

Aug. 16, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes Commission says it will divide nearly $900,000 among seven local organizations to help cut runoff of sediment, nutrients and other water pollutants. Runoff feeds harmful algae blooms and oxygen-starved "dead zones" where fish can't survive. Recipients of the grants...

Appeals court ruling halts giant forest project in Idaho

Aug. 16, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant forest project in Idaho is on hold following a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision Monday halts the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage,...

Group sues to expand protected orca habitat along West Coast

Aug. 16, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration Thursday to make officials move more quickly to protect the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas. The recent grieving of one whale for her dead calf and scientists' extraordinary attempts to save another from starvation...