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Bolsonaro fires back after Norway, Germany suspend funding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro took aim at Germany and Norway after they cut donations for Brazilian forestry projects in criticism of his policies, with the far-right leader saying they should focus on their own environmental problems. "Isn't Norway the one that kills whales up there in...

The Latest: UN official concerned, hopeful on climate change

Aug. 8, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a new United Nations report on climate change (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A manager in the U.N. Climate Change secretariat who helped write a new report on the subject, said the grueling work by the volunteer authors was "like a dentist's appointment for six days" and left her...

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Aug. 8, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. "The cycle...

Forest Service wants to trim habitat for sage grouse

Aug. 2, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service plan released Friday would reduce designated sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Nevada while easing grazing rules intended to protect the ground-dwelling birds in five Western states. The plan would target 300 square miles (800 square kilometers) now set aside...

Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Forest Service said the changes allow for greater flexibility and local control,...

Bipartisan bill will boost wildfire protection, senators say

Aug. 1, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year. Democrat Dianne Feinstein of...

California governor defends wildfire efforts, jabs at feds

Jul. 31, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom defended California's wildfire prevention efforts Wednesday while criticizing the federal government for not doing enough to help protect the state as it enters the height of fire season after two deadly, disastrous years. His jab at Republican President Donald...

Sustainable wood group sanctions Korean-Indonesian company

Jul. 24, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The main global organization for certifying sustainable wood says one of its members destroyed tropical forests in easternmost Indonesia but it stopped short of expelling the company. The Bonn, Germany-based Forest Stewardship Council said it would impose "improvement"...

Officials examine ways to limit wild horse population growth

Jul. 10, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — There are too many wild horses on public lands, a federal official said Wednesday, and potential solutions include new sterilization methods, aggressive adoption efforts and holding more horses in corrals. Acting Wild Horse and Burro Program Division Chief Bruce Rittenhouse of the U.S....

Ukrainian worker dies in Poland after employer abandons him

Jun. 24, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Ukrainian man who fainted on the job in Poland was found dead in a forest after his employer dropped him off there rather than call an ambulance. The man's body was discovered in western Poland by a forester on June 13, but the death of 36-year-old Vasyl Chorny was only reported...