Latest Environmental activism News

Oregon officials criticized for pesticides killing pines

Jun. 22, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental advocates are calling out the Oregon Department of Transportation and its contractors for applying a weedkiller along a highway in Sisters that unintentionally killed hundreds of ponderosa pine trees. Environmentalists argued that the various groups involved in the project...

Correction: Western Electric Grid story

Jun. 20, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 19 about a proposal to create regional management of the electric grid in the Western United States, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a Natural Resources Defense Council official. He is Carl Zichella, not Curt Zichella. A corrected version of...

The Latest: Western electric grid bill clears hurdle

Jun. 19, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislation to create a western regional electric grid (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A California Senate panel has narrowly advanced a contentious proposal to link oversight of California's electric grid with other western states. The committee's vote...

2 activists killed in Gambia in protests against sand mining

Jun. 18, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambian police say two environmental activists were killed during protests against a sand mining company as they clashed with paramilitary forces. The Inspector General of Police said in a statement that clashes erupted early Monday between Gambian forces and activists in the town of...

McDonald's to switch to paper straws in U.K., Ireland

Jun. 15, 2018 6:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's said Friday it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its U.S. restaurants later this year. The burger chain and other fast-food companies are facing increasing pressure from customers...

World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia's environment

Jun. 12, 2018 8:36 AM EDT

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — October Island was considered to some "a little corner of heaven" in the Russian city of Kaliningrad. Then a World Cup stadium was built on the island. Russia claims its World Cup stadiums meet the highest environmental standards, yet some have been built on top of ecologically...

Sen. Tina Smith's amendment would complete PolyMet land swap

Jun. 8, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith has proposed an amendment to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a move that drew criticism from environmentalists Friday. The Minnesota Democrat plans to offer the amendment to a major defense...

Pennsylvania to require gas drillers to reduce air pollution

Jun. 7, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will begin enforcing tougher air pollution standards on its booming natural gas industry, the governor's office said Thursday, with environmental advocates saying the standards will put the state among the leaders in going beyond federal requirements. The new permits...

Rising seas and raising questions in booming Boston district

Jun. 6, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In this old city's booming Seaport District, General Electric is building its new world headquarters, Amazon is bringing in thousands of new workers, and Reebok's red delta symbol sits atop the new office it opened last year. Three tech companies are testing self-driving cars and restaurants...

Orangutan forest being logged despite Indonesian gov't vow

Jun. 5, 2018 4:28 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists say a tropical forest that's home to critically endangered orangutans on Borneo island is being logged more than a year after Indonesia's forestry and environment ministry ordered a halt to the forest's exploitation. Greenpeace said Tuesday its investigations at...