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Foundation: Sea level rise leads to island center's closure

Oct. 20, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

GREAT FOX ISLAND, Va. (AP) — An environmental group says sea level rise and erosion are bringing an end to the use of an education center on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. The Capital Gazette reports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently announced that this fall is the last season for its Fox Island...

California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

Study: Climate change could threaten bugs in Missouri

Oct. 20, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A recent study indicates that climate change could threaten hundreds of insect species in Missouri that may not recover after they die during extreme weather conditions. A 2019 study by the University of Missouri at St. Louis examined 250 insect species whose populations plummeted...

Rare southern bird on verge of making a comeback

Oct. 20, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Scientists studying the red-cockaded woodpecker in Georgia forests say the rare bird is making a comeback. The bird was likely common long ago, but has been considered endangered in recent years, WABE Radio reported . Habitat loss was the main challenge for the bird. It's homes...

Endangered wolf copes with being alone at Virginia museum

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Living Museum's lone red wolf seemed to be in a good mood... His tail was down, his reddish coat flat, his ears forward. "Aw, he's being a goof today," said Robin Sutker, bird and mammal curator, as he rolled on the forest floor to rub a scent into his coat. It can be...

Minnesota hit hard by declining bird population

Oct. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It used to be that taking a walk in the spring or summer in western Minnesota meant seeing — or more often, hearing — a western meadowlark, a medium-sized bird with a cheery, lilting song that's synonymous with the open spaces in the American West. That's less the case than...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Syrian mission-accomplished moment

Oct. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...

Artist uses 'historic' markers to raise climate awareness

Oct. 19, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New England is awash in historic markers, but a handful of plaques popping up in a New Hampshire town are different. Rather than commemorating important people or places in history, many of these dinner plate-size signs detail events like rising sea levels and an explosion of ticks that...

Maui mayor to defy committee settlement over injection wells

Oct. 19, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The mayor of Maui has announced plans to defy a County Council resolution and continue to pursue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court over the use of injection wells. Mayor Michael Victorino posted a letter to the county website Friday saying he has decided not to exercise the...

Jane Fonda returns to civil disobedience for climate change

Oct. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the climate activism of a Swedish teenager, Jane Fonda says she's returning to civil disobedience nearly a half-century after she was last arrested at a protest. Fonda, known for her opposition to the Vietnam War, was one of 17 climate protesters arrested Friday at the U.S....