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Florida raises estimate for the state's manatee population

Dec. 18, 2018 1:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It's been a deadly year for manatees, but Florida wildlife officials believe there are more of the threatened marine mammals than they previously thought. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission now says roughly 7,500 to 10,300 manatees swim in state waters, a...

Former VW CEO Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

Dec. 18, 2018 11:25 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left German soccer champion Bayern Munich's supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal. The club said Tuesday that the 71-year-old Winterkorn left on Monday after nearly 16 years as a...

Red tide is giving most of Florida a break, for now

Dec. 18, 2018 11:16 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — After months of widespread red tide infestation along Florida's coast, the noxious algae bloom is giving much of the state a break. Florida wildlife officials say there were no fish kills from red tide last week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also says...

Groups sue to block oil production in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

Dec. 17, 2018 7:32 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block oil production from a proposed artificial gravel island in federal Arctic waters. The groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review an offshore production plan approved for the Liberty project in the...

Correction: Trump-Rolling Rollbacks story

Dec. 17, 2018 10:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 8 about Trump administration rollbacks in environmental regulations, The Associated Press erroneously identified the name of the group where Myron Ebell serves as a director as the Conservative Enterprise Institute. The group's name is the Competitive Enterprise Institute....

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

Dec. 17, 2018 2:23 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them. But...

The Latest: UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

Dec. 15, 2018 8:12 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local): 10 p.m. Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of U.N. climate talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in...

Nations at UN climate talks back universal emissions rules

Dec. 15, 2018 6:18 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut emissions and curb global warming. The deal agreed upon at U.N. climate talks in Poland enables countries to put into action...

Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

Dec. 15, 2018 11:11 AM EST

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The reactor at the...

California is first state to mandate zero-emission bus fleet

Dec. 14, 2018 7:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to eliminate climate-changing fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to require...