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This undated photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows a Pascagoula map turtle. Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act.   (Grover Brown/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

Lawsuit filed to protect turtles in Mississippi, Louisiana

Jan. 21, 2020 5:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued the Trump administration, saying it has failed to protect map turtles found in Mississippi and Louisiana under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit calls for endangered or threatened status for the Pearl River map turtle, which is found in the Pearl...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

In this Nov. 11, 2016, photo provided by the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Chinese paddlefish specimen made in 1990 is seen on display at the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, China. The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. (Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences via AP)

China mourns native paddlefish scientists say is now extinct

Jan. 10, 2020 10:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users and media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. “It's...

FILE - This Jan. 5, 2020 file photo shows actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. DiCaprio's environmental organization will donate $3 million to help the efforts toward the wildfire relief in Australia.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

DiCaprio's Earth Alliance gives $3M to Australia fire relief

Jan. 9, 2020 7:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia. The foundation said Thursday that it has started the Australia Wildfire Fund to help with an “international response to the catastrophic...

This July 26, 2019 photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows two people fishing in the mist and fog over the Clinch River as seen from the Clinch Riverwalk on Sugar Hill property in St. Paul, Va. The Cumberland Forest Project protects 253,000 acres of Appalachian forest in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia and is one of TNC's largest-ever conservation efforts in the eastern United States. (Travis Dove/The Nature Conservancy via AP)

Southwest Virginia river the star of new state park

Dec. 28, 2019 9:11 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As much of central Appalachia looks to reinvent itself amid the decline of coal, community leaders in southwest Virginia say they are seeing some early success by focusing on another natural resource: the Clinch River. The Clinch, which flows for about 130 miles (209 kilometers)...

FILE - In a Monday, May 13, 2019 file photo, a red wolf roams its habitat at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. Wildlife advocates have returned to court to prod the federal government to jump-start  recovery efforts for the critically endangered red wolf, while North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a sharply worded letter urging further action. Amid the pressure, federal biologists plan to transfer wolves from elsewhere into the recovery area for the first time in years to promote wild breeding.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Red wolves court battle reignites as governor urges action

Dec. 26, 2019 9:30 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fight over the critically endangered red wolf has returned to court as North Carolina's governor sought immediate help for the dozen or so remaining in the wild and federal biologists planned to transfer wolves into the recovery area for the first time in years. In late...

FILE - This Aug. 10, 2013 file photo shows a rare mountain yellow-legged frog in an alpine lake in Kings Canyon National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada. The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, approved California Endangered Species Act protections for five of six populations of a related species, the foothill yellow-legged frog, that has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)

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...

FILE - This April 29, 2019 file photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. According to court documents filed Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, U.S. officials will review whether grizzly bears have enough protections across the Lower 48 states after advocates sued the government in a bid to restore the animals to more areas of the U.S. (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP, File)

Feds agree to review grizzly protections in contiguous US

Dec. 9, 2019 6:53 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials will review whether enough is being done to protect grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. states after environmentalists sued the government to try to restore the fearsome animals to more areas, according to a court settlement approved Monday. The review must be...

FILE - This Sept. 5, 2006, file photo, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a bearded seal in Kotzebue, Alaska. A federal agency will decide by September how much ocean and coast will be designated as critical habitat for two ice seal species found in Alaska. The Center for Biological Diversity announced Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, it had reached an agreement with the Commerce Department for the Trump administration to issue a critical habitat rule for ringed and bearded seals. The Center for Biological Diversity sued in June because no critical habitat had been designated. (Michael Cameron/NOAA Fisheries Service via AP, file)

Agency agrees to designate habitat for threatened ice seals

Nov. 25, 2019 8:16 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency will decide by September how much ocean and coast in northern Alaska will be designated as critical habitat for two ice seal species. The Center for Biological Diversity announced Monday it had reached an agreement with the Commerce Department for the Trump...