Latest Land degradation News

Doubts cast on easyJet plan to be net-zero emissions airline

Nov. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — European budget airline easyJet said Tuesday it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting climate-warming emissions from the fuel used on every flight. Climate experts, however, warn that such efforts are stopgap measures at best and that, with few...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...

Risks being evaluated at contaminated former industrial site

Nov. 7, 2019 2:36 PM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Environmental assessments are expected to be finished next year at the contaminated site of a former wood treating facility in eastern Mississippi. Experts will evaluate potential health risks for people who might use the former Kerr-McGee site in the future, after the site is...

DNR: Guard responsible for contamination at airport

Nov. 6, 2019 7:55 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State regulators say the Wisconsin Air National Guard is responsible for contaminating soil and groundwater in and around Madison's Truax Field and needs to clean up the toxic chemicals or face legal action. The Department of Natural Resources says the chemicals found are associated...

Timber investment firm to sell off $3K in acreage

Nov. 4, 2019 1:22 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A timber investment firm is selling more than 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) along the Columbia River that has been used to grow poplar trees, a newspaper reported Monday. Greenwood Resources had used the land to grow poplar trees for the U.S. paper industry, but experts say stiff...

Group worried about contamination at coal-fired power plant

Oct. 31, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

WATERFLOW, N.M. (AP) — Mariel Nanasi paused while driving up to the San Juan Generating Station to take a picture. Since 2008, she has been fighting to get the plant closed, and Oct. 28 was her first time stepping onto the property. Nanasi is the executive director of the Santa Fe-based environmental...

Dutch construction workers protest environmental rules

Oct. 30, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch construction workers converged on The Hague on Wednesday to protest restrictions they say are crippling their industry, the latest large-scale demonstration against the government's environmental policies. A central park in The Hague filled up early with...

WV college, state team up on groundwater pollution project

Oct. 30, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University is working with the state environmental department to figure out how to keep groundwater safe from pollutants. The school announced the research partnership on Tuesday. The project will study how plants can be used to remove or destroy contaminants in...

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

Oct. 27, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. (AP) — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with the prickly orbs. The cones being gathered...

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

Oct. 27, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. (AP) — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with the prickly orbs. The cones being gathered...