Latest Biodiversity News

Pollinator program aims to save rusty patched bumblebee

Sep. 25, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Sue Gray is trying to attract an endangered species into her Becker township yard — a rusty patched bumblebee. She hasn’t had much luck yet. After all, the rusty patched bumblebee has declined by 87% in the last 20...

Wyoming to ask US to lift Yellowstone grizzly protections

Sep. 16, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will ask the federal government to remove its protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region and permit the region's three states to manage and potentially allow hunting of the big bruins in certain areas, Gov. Mark Gordon said Thursday. ...

EU unveils Indo-Pacific strategy, tries to allay China fears

Sep. 16, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday unveiled a new strategy for boosting economic, political and defense ties in the Indo-Pacific, just hours after the United States, Britain and Australia announced a new security alliance likely to reshape their relations with the vast region. ...

US: Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting

Sep. 15, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initial...

Report: More sharks, rays threatened with extinction

Sep. 04, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The world's sharks and rays have seen declines in their populations since 2014 and more and more are now threatened with extinction, according to a new red list released Saturday at a global conference aimed at protecting dwindling species. The Komodo...

Global biodiversity conference opens in southern France

Sep. 03, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron opened a global summit on biodiversity on Friday, saying the world needs to act promptly and decisively to safeguard the Earth's natural resources. “There is no vaccine for a sick planet," he warned. ...

Study documents dramatic loss of remaining Pyrenees glaciers

Sep. 03, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Europe's southernmost glaciers will likely be reduced to ice patches in the next two decades due to climate change, as the shrinking of ice mass on the Pyrenees mountain range continues at the steady but rapid speed seen at least since the 1980s, Spanish scientists say in a...

Snail darter, tiny and notorious, is no longer endangered

Aug. 31, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The snail darter, a tiny fish that notoriously blocked a federal dam project in Tennessee decades ago, should no longer be on the endangered species list, federal officials announced on Tuesday. Arguing that the fish is no longer in danger of...

Local citizen scientists map genetics of Darwin's Galapagos

Aug. 24, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND, Galapagos (AP) — Five months into the pandemic, things were getting desperate for Robin Betancourt, The tourists he depended upon as a boat captain were unable to visit the Galapagos Islands, whose isolation — 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the mainland — makes...

Federal judge settles lawsuit on harms to border environment

Aug. 23, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge in Arizona on Monday settled a lawsuit filed against the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, saying the agencies failed to study potential harms to the environment from increased enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border. ...