Latest Land degradation News

Michigan, EPA announce plan to clean up 'green ooze' site

Jul. 1, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Groundwater contamination at the former Electro-Plating services facility that was determined to be the source of a green ooze leak last year will be treated by injecting chemicals into the soil and treating the contaminants in place. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state...

New Mexico official says no to working with US border agency

Jun. 26, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico State Land Office on Friday declined to add her signature to the renewal of a cooperative agreement with U.S. border authorities. Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard said she instead is siding with community members who urged her not to work with...

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, a small boat navigates on the Solimoes River near Manaus, Brazil. In the remote Amazon community of Betania, indigenous Tikuna tribe members suspect the new coronavirus arrived in May of 2020 after some returned from a two-hour boat trip down the Solimoes River to pick up their government benefit payments. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Investors warn Brazil ambassadors about Amazon deforestation

Jun. 23, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A group of mostly European investment firms has sent a joint letter to Brazilian ambassadors in their countries to express concern over rising Amazon deforestation. Storebrand Asset Management, based in Norway, collected the signatures of 29 companies, which include Legal &...

Louisiana man accused of cruelty: letting cattle starve

Jun. 22, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

GILLIAM, La. (AP) — A Louisiana cattleman was arrested Monday on animal cruelty charges after more than 250 starving cattle were found on land he leased, Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said in a news release. Tremecius Mondell Dixon, 49, of Shreveport, was arrested on four counts of aggravated cruelty...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. As New Mexico's oil and gas industry struggles with lower prices and slowing production brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, some members of Congress and state officials are urging the U.S. Interior Department to allow operators to temporarily plugs wells until prices stabilize. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

New Mexico delegates, officials press for plugging oil wells

Jun. 13, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — As New Mexico’s oil and gas industry struggles with lower prices and slowing production brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, some members of Congress and state officials are urging the U.S. Interior Department to allow operators to temporarily plugs wells until prices...

In this undated photo provided by the World Food Prize Foundation, Rattan Lal, a professor of soil science at The Ohio State University poses at the University in Columbus, Ohio. Lai was named the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, June 11, 2020. He was recognized by the Des Moines, Iowa-based organization for his soil research which has led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil improving climate change.(World Food Prize Foundation via AP)

Ohio State University soil professor gets World Food Prize

Jun. 11, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A soil scientist whose research led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil to help combat climate change was named this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize on Thursday. Rattan Lal is a professor of soil...

Working group to address pesticide contamination in Yakima

Jun. 10, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology has created a working group to address and resolve issues stemming from lead arsenate contamination on former orchard lands in Yakima after receiving an increasing number of calls from concerned homeowners and developers. Yakima was built on...

Groups help Upper Peninsula communities with tire cleanup

Jun. 6, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Two nonprofit groups are teaming up with communities in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to properly dispose of old automobile tires that have been dumped over the years. The Superior Watershed Partnership and Great Lakes Conservation Corps plan to remove the tires, which contain...

Judge invalidates proposed land swap for Alaska refuge road

Jun. 2, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has vacated a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, finding procedural violations. U.S. District Court Senior Judge John Sedwick in a ruling Monday said Interior Secretary David Bernhardt failed to provide adequate...

Downtown Reno plans get $600K EPA grant to tackle pollutants

May. 11, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno city officials plan to use a new $600,000 federal grant to take initial steps toward cleaning up contaminants along a 150-year-old railroad corridor where they want to restore the downtown riverfront, redevelop abandoned lots and build much-need housing. The U.S. Environmental...