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Landmark environmental protections being rolled back

Dec. 8, 2018 12:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One after another, landmark U.S. protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks. On Thursday, the Interior Department...

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

Dec. 7, 2018 7:19 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of...

Gulf of Maine is having 3rd warmest year on record

Dec. 6, 2018 5:59 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Gulf of Maine is in the midst of its third-warmest year on record in a development that could further harm marine life. The gulf is warming faster than most of the world's oceans in a well-documented phenomenon . The Portland Press Herald now reports surface temperatures in 2018...

What caused ancient mass extinction? Hot ocean water blamed

Dec. 6, 2018 2:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists think they've figured out the falling dominoes that led to Earth's largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path. Some 250 million years ago, about 90 percent of sea life and 70 percent of land life went extinct in...

EPA: Fish damage from mine spill wasn't severe, long-lasting

Dec. 5, 2018 6:53 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Fish and other aquatic life did not suffer severe or long-lasting damage from a mine waste spill three years ago that polluted rivers in three states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. An EPA report released last week analyzed the 2015 spill at the inactive Gold King Mine in...

Flint officials say milestone reached in lead line work

Dec. 4, 2018 4:02 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Flint officials said Tuesday they are a year ahead of schedule in tackling a court-mandated order to deal with lead service lines as the Michigan city recovers from its contaminated water crisis, but an environmental group that sued to make changes disputes the accomplishment. The city said...

Environmentalists go to court to fight PolyMet mine permits

Dec. 3, 2018 6:15 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several environmental groups went to court Monday to challenge the state Department of Natural Resources' decision to grant the key permits needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and its allies said in...

Visually impaired sea lions join group at New Orleans zoo

Dec. 1, 2018 2:22 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A pair of visually impaired 2-year-old sea lions has joined the four sea lions already at the zoo in New Orleans. Ayah and Jolee were both malnourished when they were rescued along the California coast in June 2017, according to a news release Friday from the Audubon Zoo. Jolee has...

High court rules against Hopi Tribe in snowmaking challenge

Nov. 29, 2018 4:55 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Hopi Tribe has lost a legal battle against snowmaking on a northern Arizona mountain where tribal members made frequent pilgrimages to gather plants and water for ceremonial use long before a ski resort existed. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday the tribe's emotional,...

Tumor-free flounder: Study underscores Boston Harbor rebirth

Nov. 29, 2018 1:59 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor? In a study published last week in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts declared that flounder in Boston's once notoriously polluted harbor are now...