Latest Environmental concerns News

Orangutan mother blinded by air gun pellets in Indonesia

Mar. 19, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia (AP) — An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased as the palm oil and paper industries shrink its jungle habitat. An X-ray showed at least 74 air gun...

Oregon House approves 10-year ban on 'fracking'

Mar. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House approved a 10-year ban on fracking to explore for oil and natural gas. Lawmakers voted 42-12 on Monday to prohibit the process, which injects high-pressure liquids into underground rock to extract oil and gas. The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration. There...

O'Rourke: Being white male doesn't put me at disadvantage

Mar. 17, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Saturday that being a white man in a 2020 Democratic field that's so deeply diverse won't be a hindrance because his gender and race have given him inherent advantages for years. While he'd spoken before about his gender and race, O'Rourke had largely dodged...

Bear cubs found by California highway may have been poached

Mar. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they believe someone illegally separated two bear cubs from their mother and left the young animals along a Northern California highway. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says its investigators are processing evidence discovered with the...

Correction: Chile-Floating Solar Island story

Mar. 16, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — In a story March 15 about a floating island of solar panels in Chile, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the array is 1,200 square feet. The array is 1,200 square meters. A corrected version of the story is below: SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A floating island of solar...

Climate protests: First the students, now adults in France

Mar. 16, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — While some yellow vest protesters rioted along a famed Paris avenue, elsewhere in the French capital an entirely different scene unfolded Saturday: tens of thousands of people marching peacefully to urge faster government action against global warming. Families, movie stars, activists and...

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke on climate, Trump on 'no collusion'

Mar. 16, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke opened his Democratic presidential campaign this past week with a call to action on global warming that misrepresented the science. From Iowa, he claimed scientists are united in believing the planet only has a dozen years to turn the tide on climate change, which is not...

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

Mar. 15, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by...

The Latest: 16 arrested at NYC student climate protest

Mar. 15, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local): 4 a.m. Police say 16 people have been arrested for blocking traffic during a climate protest in front of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The protesters face charges of disorderly conduct stemming from...

US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West

Mar. 15, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the West, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management...