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NGO: Forest fires in Bolivia burn Switzerland-sized area

Sep. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Fires have consumed more than 3.1 million hectares (12,000 square miles) of forests and grasslands in just over a month in Bolivia, according to an environmental group, with the blazes affecting the South American country's Amazon region. The Friends of Nature Foundation said the...

The Latest: EPA revokes water protection regulation

Sep. 12, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's plans to revoke an Obama-era clean water rule (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration says revoking an Obama-era rule on waters and wetlands would provide "much-needed regulatory certainty" for farmers, homebuilders and...

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

Sep. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the...

Judge: Suit over farm pollution of Raccoon River may proceed

Sep. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has handed a significant victory to environmental groups by allowing a lawsuit challenging Iowa's management of fertilizer and hog farm pollution in rivers and streams to move forward. Judge Robert Hanson in a ruling filed Wednesday said Iowa Citizens For Community...

Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands

Sep. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in...

Editorials form around Oregon

Sep. 11, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Sept. 11, on Oregon Public Records advocate Ginger McCall's resignation: Even for those familiar with the lack of transparency from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's administration, the circumstances leading up to the sudden resignation by Oregon...

Officials: Feral Canadian hogs encroaching on Montana border

Sep. 10, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say feral hogs from Canada encroaching on Montana's northern border are a serious concern for farmers and others. Daily Inter Lake reported Sunday that the U.S. agriculture department's Wildlife Services division says there have been multiple reports of feral hogs...

Indigenous leader in Brazil's Amazon tries to thwart loggers

Sep. 1, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

ALTAMIRA, Brazil (AP) — An indigenous leader in Brazil's Amazon says he will do what he can to stop loggers and prospectors encroaching on his people's land. Kadjyre Kayapo, his son and other companions searched in recent days for signs of trespassing in the lush rainforest of the Kayapo indigenous group's...

Dry farming plants seeds along Oregon Coast

Aug. 31, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — In mid-May, as soon as the sun came out and the soil warmed, Teresa Retzlaff dug into the earth at 46 North Farm. She filled holes with seeds and starts of zucchini, dry beans, summer squash and more. She covered the holes with soil and made sure the beds were free of weeds. And then,...

Correction: Brazil-Environment story

Aug. 30, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a story Aug. 6 about deforestation in the Amazon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Amazon produces nearly 20% of the earth's atmosphere. Scientists say it produces far less than that. A corrected version of the story is below: Latest deforestation data in Brazil...