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Red tide reaches Florida's Space Coast

Oct. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County. The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east...

Federal court: Salmon must have protection from warm water

Oct. 18, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must come up with a plan to protect salmon from warm water temperatures, which can be fatal for the fish species. ' Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Thursday that record-high water temperatures in rivers across...

Mayor offers waterfront plan to save Boston from rising seas

Oct. 17, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled a plan Wednesday to transform the city's waterfront to protect the low-lying, extensively landfilled city from climate change and rising sea levels. The Democratic mayor's "Resilient Boston Harbor" plan calls for the creation of 67 acres (27 hectares) of new...

Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

Oct. 17, 2018 2:17 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls. But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is fouled by...

Oregon issues $187K fine to dairy for 224 violations

Oct. 17, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon regulators have fined the state's second-largest dairy more than $187,000 after finding 224 violations of its wastewater permit. The Statesman Journal reports the state Department of Agriculture announced the fine last week against Lost Valley Farm near Boardman. The violations...

Army Corps revives review of Washington coal-export project

Oct. 16, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has revived an environmental review of a controversial coal-export project in Washington a year after state environmental regulators denied the project a key permit. Washington Ecology Director Maia Bellon expressed concerns about the Corps' decision to restart...

Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida's red tide

Oct. 15, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael failed to break up a patchy and toxic algae bloom that has lingered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's shoreline for the last year, experts said Monday, meaning the red tide outbreak could continue to cause problems in the weeks ahead. Hurricanes can break up...

The Latest: FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he's seen

Oct. 14, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. Long toured several towns in Florida's...

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around. How...

The Latest: Utilities slowly come back in storm-hit Florida

Oct. 13, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11 a.m. Power and cellphone service is starting to be restored in parts of Florida's storm-battered Panhandle. State emergency management officials reported Saturday that nearly 264,000 customers remain without...