Latest Environment News

Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Mar. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second...

The Latest: Classes canceled at more schools near tank fires

Mar. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 10 p.m. Two more Houston-area school districts near a burning petrochemical tank farm have called off classes. The Galena Park and Sheldon school districts joined the Deer Park and La...

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

Mar. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding...

Mexico launches plan to mark vaquita porpoise reserve

Mar. 21, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises. The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing communities...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

Mar. 21, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land. The secretarial order comes amid longstanding...

Unprecedented spring flooding possible, US forecasters say

Mar. 21, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday. More than 200 million Americans are at risk for some kind of flooding, with 13 million of them at risk of major inundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its...

Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

Mar. 21, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported Thursday. The annual mean air temperature in the...

Court reverses nearly $1.5M oil spill award to ex-NBA star

Mar. 21, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NBA star David West is not entitled to a nearly $1.5 million award stemming from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court has ruled. Court records show West submitted a claim under the terms of a settlement BP entered after the spill to avoid prolonged...

Knitting with a repurpose: Woman makes suit of plastic bags

Mar. 21, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — Rosa Ferrigno's new suit takes recycling to an extreme — she knitted it from more than 300 plastic grocery bags. The 75-year-old woman from Greece in western New York whiled away the winter knitting a skirt and jacket from filmy brown bags scissored into thin strips that were...

Monkey birth a step to saving fertility of boys with cancer

Mar. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility — and the proof is the first monkey born from the experimental technology. More and more people are surviving childhood cancer, but nearly 1 in 3 will be left infertile...