Latest Water environment News

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

Nov. 14, 2019 2:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming results from the study, which has already determined...

Venice ‘on its knees’ after second-worst flood ever recorded

Nov. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the...

Barge bound for Alaska runs aground in British Columbia

Nov. 13, 2019 9:21 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — No injuries were reported and there was no marine pollution when a barge headed to Alaska grounded near Vancouver Island, officials said. The Nana Provider owned by Alaska Marine Lines ran aground on Quadra Island around 8 p.m. Saturday, The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday....

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil...

Free speech rights a concern in Wisconsin water resolution

Nov. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southwestern Wisconsin county council on Tuesday dropped a proposal to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study but could still decide to discipline any county officials who talk about the research without government approval. The Lafayette County Land...

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:56 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick gray haze blanketed India's capital on Tuesday, with authorities attempting to reduce the pollution by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The air quality index exceeded 400, considered "severe" and about eight times the recommended maximum, according to...

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Nov. 12, 2019 2:45 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick haze of polluted air hung over India's capital Tuesday, with authorities trying to tackle the problem by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The air quality index exceeded 400, about eight times the recommended maximum, according to the state-run Central...

Meeting on proposal to prosecute journalists back on

Nov. 11, 2019 9:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials in southwestern Wisconsin are going ahead with a meeting on a resolution that calls for prosecuting journalists who edit an upcoming news release on a water quality study. The Lafayette County Land Conservation Committee was set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. But county...

Pacific bird refuge struggles as ocean garbage patch grows

Nov. 9, 2019 11:56 PM EST

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different scene:...