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California fish conservation law could protect bees

Sep. 21, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the state to consider protecting threatened bumblebees under a conservation law listing for fish. The state's high court refused to grant a review sought by farming groups of a May appellate court ruling that...

Tribe, county, reach $5M settlement deal over sewage spills

Sep. 15, 2022 23:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s most populous county is set to pay more than $5 million to settle a threatened lawsuit from the Suquamish Tribe over sewage spills that have overflowed from King County treatment plants into Puget Sound. In 2020, the tribe filed an intent to sue...

Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction

Sep. 13, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials announced plans Tuesday to list the tricolored bat as endangered — the second U.S. bat species recommended for the designation this year as a fungal disease ravages their populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in March...

Endangered status sought for snail near Nevada lithium mine

Sep. 12, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are seeking Endangered Species Act protection for a tiny snail half the size of a pea that is known to exist only in high-desert springs near a huge lithium mine planned in Nevada along the Oregon state line. The Western Watersheds Project filed...

EXPLAINER: Ukraine's threatened nuclear plant shuts down

Sep. 11, 2022 07:01 AM EDT

The last operating reactor at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is Europe's largest, was shut down Sunday to reduce the threat of a radiation disaster amid the continuing fighting. The move became possible after the plant was reconnected to Ukraine's power grid. ...

What's happening with Ukraine's threatened nuclear plant

Sep. 07, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, built during the Soviet era and one of the 10 biggest in the world, has been engulfed by fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops in recent weeks, fueling concerns of a nuclear catastrophe. Here is a look at the current situation: ...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Sep. 07, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 20th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 22 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains...

UN agency to inspect Ukraine nuclear plant in urgent mission

Aug. 29, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

KYIV (AP) — A U.N. nuclear watchdog team set off on an urgent mission Monday to safeguard the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia atomic power plant at the heart of fighting in Ukraine, a long-awaited trip the world hopes will help avoid a radioactive catastrophe. The stakes couldn't be...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Aug. 26, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the 19th panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of 21 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The...

Judge won't block Idaho wolf trapping, snaring regulations

Aug. 26, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Trappers can continue pursuing wolves under Idaho’s current regulations after a federal judge rejected a request by conservation groups to temporarily block the state’s expanded wolf trapping and snaring rules. The decision earlier this week by a U.S....