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California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

State: Water safe around Detroit River aggregate spill

Dec. 11, 2019 9:27 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Tests performed near where construction aggregate material spilled into the Detroit River have found the water meets all quality standards, Michigan officials announced Wednesday. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said samples were taken upstream and downstream from the...

Bloomberg calls for 'war on poverty' on 1st California trip

Dec. 11, 2019 6:55 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg took his Democratic presidential campaign to California on Wednesday, pledging to launch a “war on poverty” at an event in a city once known as the nation's foreclosure capital. “As president, my job will be to move all Americans ahead, and...

Lamont seeks to work with neighboring states on climate

Dec. 11, 2019 6:15 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday he plans to work with his counterparts in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey to address climate change, noting Wednesday he hopes the coalition of states can set an example for the rest of the country. Appearing before the newly expanded...

Brazil's Amazon states seek $500 million from Norway

Dec. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The states of Brazil's Amazon region held talks Wednesday with Norway about possibly receiving some $500 million in funding for sustainable rainforest projects, if a deal to provide the funds at a federal level falls through. The $500 million had been earmarked for Brazil's Amazon...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 11, 2019 5:31 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...

North Dakota ethanol company advances carbon storage project

Dec. 11, 2019 4:15 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota ethanol company is preparing to store its carbon dioxide emissions underground and the state's coal-fired companies are considering following suit. Red Trail Energy, which converts corn into ethanol fuel at its Richardton plant in Stark County, plans to drill a test...

Protesters vent their anger as UN climate talks stutter

Dec. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — With less than 72 hours left to reach a deal on key measures in the fight against global warming, major countries at a U.N. meeting on climate change took the floor to stake out their positions — showing that deep differences remain to be breached. In a sign of growing frustration over...

Thunberg 'a bit surprised' to be Time Person of the Year

Dec. 11, 2019 2:46 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was surprised and honored Wednesday to be named Time’s youngest Person of the Year, while adding that others in the global movement she helped inspire deserve to share the accolade. The 16-year-old Swede has become the face of a new...