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Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

Oct. 19, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states. Trump signed a memorandum aimed at helping the Central Valley Project and the...

Red tide reaches Florida's Space Coast

Oct. 18, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A toxic algae bloom has reached Florida's Space Coast. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday said red tide had reached parts of Brevard County. The wildlife commission says red tide now spans from Miami-Dade County to halfway up Florida's east...

Mayor offers waterfront plan to save Boston from rising seas

Oct. 17, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled a plan Wednesday to transform the city's waterfront to protect the low-lying, extensively landfilled city from climate change and rising sea levels. The Democratic mayor's "Resilient Boston Harbor" plan calls for the creation of 67 acres (27 hectares) of new...

Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

Oct. 17, 2018 2:17 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls. But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is fouled by...

Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida's red tide

Oct. 15, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael failed to break up a patchy and toxic algae bloom that has lingered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's shoreline for the last year, experts said Monday, meaning the red tide outbreak could continue to cause problems in the weeks ahead. Hurricanes can break up...

The Latest: FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he's seen

Oct. 14, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. Long toured several towns in Florida's...

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection

Oct. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice around. How...

The Latest: Utilities slowly come back in storm-hit Florida

Oct. 13, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 11 a.m. Power and cellphone service is starting to be restored in parts of Florida's storm-battered Panhandle. State emergency management officials reported Saturday that nearly 264,000 customers remain without...

Life-sized plastic whale to raise ocean pollution awareness

Oct. 12, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution. The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh...

US mayors want federal help to improve old water pipes

Oct. 12, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — U.S. mayors say more help is needed from the federal government to replacing old, failing water pipes. Members of the United States Conference of Mayors' Water Council are meeting Friday in Flint, Michigan, which continues to recover from a water crisis. Mayor David Berger of Lima,...