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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump aims to remove waterway protections, aiding developers

Jan. 23, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration appears ready to move ahead with its plan to remove protections for some of the nation's millions of miles of streams, wetlands and arroyos, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. The changes, promised by President Donald Trump in his...

Florida lawmakers advance fight against blue-green algae

Jan. 22, 2020 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the water. Offshore, a toxic swarm of rust-colored flecks known as red tide killed manatees, dolphins, sea turtles...

People are guided during a cellar tour of the Dewar’s Distillery in Aberfeldy, the Scottish Highlands, in 2018, where they have produced Scotch whisky since 1898, and offer traditional whisky tastings, and a whisky and chocolate tasting tour.  Many people now like to know more about their food and drink and where it comes from, leading to a boom in so-called

Spirit Tourism: Britain sees spike in visits to distilleries

Jan. 22, 2020 11:23 AM EST

Many people these days are thirsting not just for a drink but for knowledge about where it comes from. ``Spirit tourism’’ is booming across the United Kingdom, with artisanal brands and micro distilleries popping up and many global brands distilled here. Bombay Sapphire distillery, for example,...

Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, from left, Orrin Noon, 10, Arlo Davis, 11, and Axel Boily, 10, beam at the crunchy critters they were about to eat at the Gold Town Theater in Juneau, Alaska. The boys were among the theatergoers who sampled edible insects prepared by David George Gordon. The bugs included seasoned chapulines, or Mexican grasshoppers, and cooked, farm-raised locusts, and the boys were ready to nosh on the crunchy critters. The reaction didn't surprise Gordon, a public speaker, naturalist and author known as the Bug Chef, who delivered a lecture before a screening of

Bugs on snack menu for 1 night at Juneau movie theater

Jan. 21, 2020 5:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three boys sat rapt in their theater seats beaming at a selection of snacks. The reason for the excitement wasn’t butter popcorn or Red Vines. Orrin Noon, 10, Arlo Davis, 11 and Axel Boily, 10, had just received samples of seasoned chapulines — Mexican grasshoppers...

Maine task force wants to limit size of ATVs on some trails

Jan. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A task force convened by the governor of Maine is recommending numerous changes to the way the state regulates all-terrain vehicles, which could be subject to new size limits. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills created the task force to help the state cope with increasing ATV registrations...

Wyoming OKs permit to test treated oil wastewater on a farm

Jan. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have issued a one-time permit for a company to test whether its technology to treat oil drilling and manufacturing wastewater can help vegetation grow on a farm. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality permit issued this month allows Encore Green...

Farmers drive past the Reichstag building with their tractors in Berlin, Saturday, Jan.18, 2020. On the occasion of the Green Week agricultural and food fair, people in Berlin demonstrate for more environmentally friendly agriculture. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

Protesters in Berlin support environment-friendly farming

Jan. 18, 2020 9:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Demonstrators in Berlin called for more environment-friendly agriculture practices at a protest Saturday in Berlin that included farmers with more than 150 tractors. Thousands of people gathered at the German capital's Brandenburg Gate for the protest under the motto “We've had...

Missouri farmer ran one of the biggest frauds in US history

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — Like all the best con artists, Randy Constant was a charmer, hard not to like. Big hearted. Good listener. You’d never have guessed that the father of three, grandfather of five was a liar, cheat and serial philanderer who masterminded one of the biggest and longest-running...

EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...