Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Prosecutors: 'Tiger King' star trafficked endangered animals

Jun. 30, 2022 16:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — “Tiger King” star Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been charged with buying or selling endangered lemurs, cheetahs, and a chimpanzee without the proper paperwork, federal prosecutors in South Carolina said Thursday. The latest charges are on top of money...

EXPLAINER: Why are Dutch farmers protesting over emissions?

Jun. 28, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Farmers protested around the Netherlands as lawmakers voted Tuesday on proposals to slash emissions of damaging pollutants, a plan that will likely force farmers to cut their livestock herds or stop work altogether. The government says emissions of...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jun. 28, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. June 25, 2022. Editorial: Signage war will just sow more confusion about gas taxes If the courts side with the Illinois legislature, by the end of next week signs could be popping up at gas stations all over the state. They will explain...

Wind farm, environmentalists agree on ways to protect whales

Jun. 27, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The developers of an offshore wind farm and three environmental organizations announced Monday that they have reached an agreement to further protect rare North Atlantic right whales during construction and operation of the energy-generating project. The agreement...

Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection

Jun. 23, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday withdrew a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as places where imperiled animals and plants could receive federal protection. A definition of...

Researchers warn of threats to Bethany Beach Firefly

Jun. 18, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — The twinkles of light that meander about on locations like Bethany Beach could be snuffed out permanently, state and federal researchers warn, if the rare firefly is not further protected. The diminutive but bright Bethany Beach Firefly measures only 9.0...

Court rejects Trump-era EPA finding that weed killer safe

Jun. 17, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Trump administration finding that the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup does not pose a serious health risk and is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the...

Starving California pelicans released after rehabilitation

Jun. 17, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A dozen of the hundreds of brown pelicans found starving on the Southern California coast were released Friday after rehabilitation at a wildlife center. The pelicans were returned to the wild at Corona del Mar State Beach after treatment at the...

California won't immediately list Joshua tree as threatened

Jun. 16, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't be listing the iconic western Joshua tree as a threatened species for now after the four-member Fish and Game Commission couldn't reach agreement Thursday on how best to protect the plant from climate change. After deadlocking on whether...

Shaky oasis for some polar bears found, but not for species

Jun. 16, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

With the polar bear species in a fight for survival because of disappearing Arctic sea ice, a new distinct group of Greenland bears seem to have stumbled on an icy oasis that might allow a small remote population to “hang on.” But it’s far from “a life raft” for the...