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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011 file photo a Monarch butterfly sits on a tree trunk at the Sierra Chincua Sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico's Michoacan state. On Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police officers for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico questions police over disappeared butterfly activist

Jan. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. The police in the Michaocan towns of Angangueo and Ocampo were called in late Monday after...

McConnell, Beshear team up to help expand wildlife refuge

Jan. 21, 2020 11:42 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear have teamed up on an effort to expand the new Green River National Wildlife Refuge in western Kentucky. The two leaders on Tuesday announced the approval of federal “Duck Stamp" funding for land...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 PM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....

Warm weather lures wild horses onto beach, into path of cars

Jan. 13, 2020 8:36 AM EST

COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — A group that manages herds of wild horses in coastal North Carolina is warning drivers to watch out for the animals taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather by sleeping on the sand at night. Temperatures in the 60s and 70s across the Carolinas have the wild horses acting...

This satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows wildfires spreading in the area south of Eden and Twofold Bay, shown in black, in New South Wales state of Australia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

Jan. 12, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a fire near the town of Bodalla in New South Wales state, was...

FILE - This May 13, 2006 file photo shows a desert tortoise at its new home in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve east of Leeds, Utah. More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. The four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists. The Spectrum newspaper reported the road would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. Bureau of Land Management officials opened the public comment period in December 2019 and say they will now go through all of the comments before releasing a draft environmental impact statement. (Brain Passey/The Spectrum via AP, File)

Over 16K comment on highway set for desert tortoise habitat

Jan. 9, 2020 2:40 PM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah, federal officials said. The proposed four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists, because...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, photo, students from New Harmony High School work on a restoration project at the Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans. This new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

Jan. 6, 2020 4:53 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students,...

In this Friday, Dec. 6, 2029, photo, the sun sunsets on the Ohio River near Prospect, Ky. A few enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to rehab the Ohio’s image, from dumping ground and coal barge causeway, to natural resource and recreation trail. (Ryan Van Velzer/WFPL via AP)

Officials work to revive Louisville’s riverfront

Jan. 5, 2020 12:46 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Louisville the Ohio River has something of an image problem. It seems like everything imaginable has ended up in the river at one time or another. There are the usual suspects like plastic bottles, Styrofoam coolers and tires. There are the byproducts of cities and industries:...