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Communities search for ways to live with growing fire threat

Sep. 21, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Unless it's Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. But she delivers less mail these days as California's persistent wildfires drive residents away. Last year, California...

Brazil aims to deflect criticism over Amazon deforestation

Sep. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed global concerns about fires raging in the world's largest rainforest, saying "The Amazon is Brazil's, not yours." Now, the far-right president's government has a new message: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for private...

Court halts timber activity in Southwest over threatened owl

Sep. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. judge has halted tree-cutting activities across thousands of square miles of the Southwest until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of a threatened owl. The order issued by the U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona, covers 18,750 square...

Indonesia sends more people, aircraft to battle forest fires

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to the area hardest hit by forest fires, as neighboring countries urged his government to do more to tackle the blazes that have spread a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia. President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000...

Indonesia seals off 30 companies over forest fires

Sep. 14, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has sealed off 30 companies amid a row with Malaysia over forest fires that are spreading a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia, officials said Saturday. The plantation companies, including a Singapore-based company and four firms affiliated with Malaysian...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Sep. 13, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Political chaos reigned in Haiti as a vote over ratifying Fritz William Michel as prime minister paralyzed parliament. In Brazil, leaders of the...

House votes to bar Arctic drilling; Senate action unlikely

Sep. 12, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday voted to reinstate a decades-long ban on oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — a largely symbolic move aimed at reversing a plan by President Donald Trump to drill in the pristine refuge. The 225-193 vote...

Fish-friendly changes at Nevada dam to help threatened trout

Sep. 11, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

WADSWORTH, Nev. (AP) — Federal officials are making fish-friendly modifications to a northern Nevada dam that for more than a century has blocked off native spawning grounds for a threatened trout species that once migrated 120 miles (193 kilometers) upstream from a high-desert lake to the alpine waters of...

House approves oil drilling ban off Atlantic, Pacific coasts

Sep. 11, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved legislation Wednesday that would permanently bar drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and extend a moratorium on drilling off Florida's west coast. Coastal lawmakers from both parties said the bills would protect U.S. coasts from drilling that can pollute...

Dems question Trump official on lands, Native Americans

Sep. 10, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Skeptical Democrats questioned a Trump administration official Tuesday on whether he's committed to preserving public lands and whether he respects Native Americans. William Perry Pendley, acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, appeared before the House Natural Resources...