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This image provided by I.R. Consilium taken in 2019, shows the deck of the FSO Safer, indicating the lack of basic maintenance for several years, leading to incidental smaller spills, moored off Ras Issa port, Yemen. Houthi rebels are blocking the United Nations from inspecting the abandoned oil tanker loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil. UN officials and experts fear the tanker could explode or leak, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life. (I.R. Consilium via AP)

UN encouraged experts may get to visit oil tanker off Yemen

Jul. 10, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Friday it is encouraged that a U.N. team may be able to visit an oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that is moored off the coast of Yemen, posing a serious risk to Red Sea marine life, desalination plants and shipping. Houthi rebels, who...

Chattanooga to keep testing wastewater for coronavirus

Jul. 10, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Chattanooga plans to keep testing local wastewater for the prevalence of COVID-19 into 2021 after a study in May that showed thousands more cases of the virus than what was reported by local health officials, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Throughout May,...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, a catfish appears on the shoreline in the algae-filled waters at the end of 113th Street in the Point Place section of North Toledo, Ohio. The blob of pea-green algae that covers parts of Lake Erie is expected to be smaller in the summer of 2020 than a year ago. That's according to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its annual forecast Thursday, July 11, 2020.  (Andy Morrison/The Blade via AP, File)

Moderate algae bloom forecast for Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 9, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Lake Erie's annual blob of pea-green algae is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago following a relatively dry spring, but that doesn't necessarily reflect significant improvement toward reducing the nutrient pollution that causes it, scientists said Thursday. A...

In this Aug. 4, 2019 photo provided by Taylor Williams, a new species of seaweed covers dead a coral reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Researchers say the recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than anything they've seen in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a nature reserve that stretches more than 1,300 miles north of the main Hawaiian Islands. The algae easily breaks off and rolls across the ocean floor like tumbleweed, scientists say, covering nearby reefs in thick vegetation that out-competes coral for space, sunlight and nutrients. (Taylor Williams/College of Charleston via AP)

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Jul. 7, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

Jul. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken...

In this undated photo provided by Biobot in June 2020 technicians take a sewage sample. Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak by studying the waste flushed from its bathrooms. And that can provide a valuable addition to public health tools, they say. (Biobot via AP)

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Jul. 6, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. Both trends showed up in their sewage. Yes, sewage. Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak of the...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...

This undated photo taken near New Market, Va., illustrates how plants are becoming more stressed by unpredictable weather extremes. The climate in 2025 will be different even from that of 2020 so take that into account when doing your landscape planning. Choose plant varieties that can adapt to unusual growing conditions. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Climate change keeps changing the game for home gardeners

Jun. 30, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

Every year now, gardeners should be rethinking what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say. The growing season has become longer, delivering bigger harvests but requiring more weeding and controls. Plants are under stress because of rising temperatures, less frequent but more intense...