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Feds: move Trump drilling rules challenge out of California

Oct. 11, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal government wants a challenge to Trump administration rules for offshore drilling to be moved out of California. The case should be heard in New Orleans or Washington, Justice Department lawyers said in papers filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco, where the challenge...

Swedish teen urges youth to demand climate change action

Oct. 8, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — A 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist was joined by another teen activist on a North Dakota Indian reservation to urge young people to demand action on climate change. Greta Thunberg told students at Standing Rock High School Tuesday that "lots of indigenous communities are...

Swedish teen climate activist rallies crowd in South Dakota

Oct. 7, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A 16-year-old environmental activist from Sweden urged politicians Monday at a South Dakota appearance to listen to indigenous people on climate change. Greta Thunberg spoke at a rally in Rapid City that attracted hundreds of people. She spoke out against the proposed path of the...

Lizard protections sought in Southwest amid US oil boom

Oct. 1, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small lizard found among the dunes straddling New Mexico and West Texas in one of the nation's richest oil basins is at the center of a legal complaint filed Tuesday. Environmentalists want the U.S. government to add the lizard to the endangered species list as part of a fight...

Personal firewood permits excluded from tree-cutting ban

Oct. 1, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A tree-cutting ban in Southwest forests meant to protect a threatened spotted owl was narrowed Tuesday to exclude personal firewood cutting permits that residents in rural areas rely on to heat their homes and cook. The ban on timber management activities covers 18,750 square miles...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Sep. 28, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes a Haitian senator firing his gun in the air as protesters approached his...

Environmentalists sue Poland's major coal power plant

Sep. 26, 2019 5:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An environmental group is suing the operator of Poland's giant Belchatow power plant to court, seeking to make Europe's single biggest carbon dioxide emitter end its use of coal by 2035. The ClientEarth Foundation said Thursday its "unprecedented" lawsuit has been filed with the...

Trump's land boss pledges to steer clear of ex-clients

Sep. 25, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's top steward of public lands has recused himself from work involving dozens of former clients following conflict of interest allegations from Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates, federal officials disclosed Wednesday. Acting Bureau of Land...

Ski federation signs onto UN climate change initiative

Sep. 25, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

The International Ski Federation has signed onto a U.N. climate change initiative in a move some view as a welcome about-face from its president, whose comments about environmentalists alarmed leaders in the ski and snowboard community. FIS announced Wednesday that it had joined the U.N. Sports for Climate Action...

17 states sue feds over Endangered Species Act rules

Sep. 25, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar...