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This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...

Mississippi hunting stand accident kills North Carolina teen

Nov. 23, 2020 12:33 PM EST

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A North Carolina teen died when his hunting stand shifted and he fell onto his rifle barrel, Mississippi authorities report. Justin Lee Smith, 17, of Supply, North Carolina, was in a ladder stand Saturday afternoon in the northwest part of the county near the Alcorn County line,...

New Jersey expands artificial reefs with concrete forms

Nov. 23, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has expanded its offshore artificial reef program by dumping concrete forms into the ocean off Manasquan. The material came from a shipping terminal in northern New Jersey and was no longer needed. The state has numerous man-made reefs off its coast consisting of...

Wisconsin high school students take aim at light pollution

Nov. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EST

WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. (AP) — Joe Murphy and Melynna Arreola-Quiroga are concerned about how light pollution affects human health, animals and boating safety. The Badger High School students are part of a small group of Walworth County teens working to defend the night sky. More than a year ago, they joined...

Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf's death

Nov. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EST

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Biologists performed a necropsy...

Large, rare loggerhead turtle rescued on Cape Cod beach

Nov. 22, 2020 2:37 PM EST

TRURO, Mass. (AP) — Officials on Cape Cod have rescued a rare, 350-pound loggerhead turtle that was stranded on a beach. The Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary shared a video on its Facebook page of the Friday afternoon rescue in the town of Truro. The organization said public works officials...

Lobster biz hopes for stability after tumultuous Trump era

Nov. 22, 2020 1:12 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump positioned himself as a friend of New England's lobstermen, but members of the industry said they are looking forward to something that has been lacking in the crustacean business: stability. Trump's trade war with China led to a rocky few years for the...

Search on for man who fell overboard in Florida river

Nov. 22, 2020 12:11 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard and other agencies searched Sunday for a Florida man who fell overboard in St. John's River near Jacksonville. Authorities say the man fell into the water about 3 a.m. Sunday while moving between the Tugboat Pop and a barge. The 42-year-old man's name was not...

Jessie Miller lets Buddy, a horse in his late 20's that Epic Farms rescued, into the large fenced pasture on the property Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Jessie Miller runs Epic Farm, a farm animal rescue facility located on Lem Turner Road on Jacksonville's far north side. Miler started EPIC Animal Outreach, a nonprofit that provides educational outreach to children and adults using rescued farm animals that get to live out their lives on her 7-acre farm. (Bob Self /The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Jacksonville animal sanctuary provides lessons in compassion

Nov. 22, 2020 3:00 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As a word, a touch or a piece of fruit brings humans and animals together, Jessie Miller gets to watch. When children and adults visit One EPIC Farm, her nonprofit’s 7-acre sanctuary on Jacksonville’s far north side, they meet animals up close. They meet horses,...

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program habitat restoration coordinator Matt Benoit demonstrates how to plant black mangrove and matrimony vine seedlings during the first volunteer planting on Queen Bess Island, La., Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. After Louisiana officials finished restoring 37-acre Queen Bess Island in February, much of the vegetation planted on its small footprint of newly pumped sand didn’t have time to take root before more than 6,000 brown pelicans arrived for breeding season. The birds pulled up some sprouts to use in their nests. (Halle Parker/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

An effort to plant Queen Bess Island for Louisiana pelicans

Nov. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — After Louisiana officials finished restoring 37-acre Queen Bess Island in February, much of the vegetation planted on its small footprint of newly pumped sand didn’t have time to take root before more than 6,000 brown pelicans arrived for breeding season. The birds...