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California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California. His announcement came less than a day...

Recovered fish to be removed from endangered species list

Sep. 12, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a diminutive fish species native to only one spring in Eastern Oregon is set to be removed from the federal list of endangered species. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Foskett speckled dace's recovery is one of several fish species that have seen comebacks in recent...

Scientists succeed in creating northern white rhino embryos

Sep. 11, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

CREMONA, Italy (AP) — Scientists announced Wednesday they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino as part of an international effort to save the species, which is down to just two animals worldwide, both of them female. The embryos, created in the lab with eggs taken...

Pope denounces exploitation of Madagascar's unique resources

Sep. 7, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its people in...

US to allow trophy hunter to import body of rare black rhino

Sep. 6, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will issue permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan, applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and...

The Latest: High winds damage homes in South Carolina

Sep. 5, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of shelter animals from coastal South Carolina have arrived in Delaware ahead of Hurricane Dorian's expected landfall. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the animals were moved from shelters at risk of flooding. The Category 3 storm began making its way across the...

Lobster fishing group withdraws support of whale agreement

Sep. 4, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An organization that represents Maine's lobster fishermen is pulling its support of a proposed plan to protect endangered whales. The subject of North Atlantic right whale conservation has been a major source of contention for the lobster fishery in Maine, which supplies by far the...

Bat appreciation day to be held at former Connecticut prison

Sep. 2, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) — The nation's oldest prison will be the backdrop for a day devoted to the importance of conserving bats in Connecticut . The underground tunnels at the former prison, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby, are the winter home of several state-endangered bat species. On...

New plan targets salmon-eating sea lions in Columbia River

Aug. 30, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead, federal officials said Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service said it's taking public comments through...

Sharks to saiga, nations up support for endangered wildlife

Aug. 28, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From towering giraffes to bottom-feeding sharks and many species in between, endangered species got new protections under an agreement finalized Wednesday by most of the world's countries at a conference on saving plants and animals from the ravages of international trade. The 11-day World...