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Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

Group: Cattle hooves, manure spoiling Southwest US waterways

Jan. 14, 2020 12:35 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government to try to keep livestock away from Southwestern waterways that are home to threatened and endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit Monday, alleging the U.S. Forest Service isn't adequately...

This June 8, 2010, photo shows a Hermes Copper (Lycaena hermes) butterfly near Barrett Lake, south of Alpine, southeastern San Diego County, Calif. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding a California butterfly, the rare Hermes copper (Lycaena hermes), to the list of threatened species. The service filed its proposal Jan. 8, 2020. (Michael Couffer/Grey Owl Biological Consulting via AP)

Officials propose California butterfly for threatened list

Jan. 12, 2020 10:54 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding a California butterfly to the list of threatened species, officials said. The agency wants the Hermes copper butterfly added to the list in recognition of the threats it faces in its home region of San Diego County, The San Diego...

In this Nov. 11, 2016, photo provided by the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Chinese paddlefish specimen made in 1990 is seen on display at the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, China. The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. (Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences via AP)

China mourns native paddlefish scientists say is now extinct

Jan. 10, 2020 10:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users and media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. “It's...

FILE - This Jan. 5, 2020 file photo shows actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. DiCaprio's environmental organization will donate $3 million to help the efforts toward the wildfire relief in Australia.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

DiCaprio's Earth Alliance gives $3M to Australia fire relief

Jan. 9, 2020 7:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia. The foundation said Thursday that it has started the Australia Wildfire Fund to help with an “international response to the catastrophic...

This June 1, 2019, photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, shows the rare desert wildflower Tiehm's buckwheat in the Silver Peak Range about 120 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. An Australian mining company has agreed to a moratorium on new activities at a planned lithium mine in Nevada in exchange for conservationists dropping a lawsuit to protect a rare desert wildflower they say doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

New deal with mining company to protect rare Nevada plant

Jan. 6, 2020 4:59 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An Australian mining company has agreed to a moratorium on new activities at a planned lithium mine in Nevada in exchange for conservationists dropping a lawsuit to protect a rare desert wildflower they say doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. The Center for Biological Diversity...

Fort Huachuca groundwater review sought after leaked report

Dec. 30, 2019 12:09 AM EST

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. (AP) — Conservation activists are pressing for the federal government to reexamine the effects of groundwater pumping at Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona. The pressure comes amid a leaked report that details how the area’s wells are taking a growing toll on the flow of the San...

This July 26, 2019 photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows two people fishing in the mist and fog over the Clinch River as seen from the Clinch Riverwalk on Sugar Hill property in St. Paul, Va. The Cumberland Forest Project protects 253,000 acres of Appalachian forest in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia and is one of TNC's largest-ever conservation efforts in the eastern United States. (Travis Dove/The Nature Conservancy via AP)

Southwest Virginia river the star of new state park

Dec. 28, 2019 9:11 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As much of central Appalachia looks to reinvent itself amid the decline of coal, community leaders in southwest Virginia say they are seeing some early success by focusing on another natural resource: the Clinch River. The Clinch, which flows for about 130 miles (209 kilometers)...

FILE - In a Monday, May 13, 2019 file photo, a red wolf roams its habitat at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. Wildlife advocates have returned to court to prod the federal government to jump-start  recovery efforts for the critically endangered red wolf, while North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a sharply worded letter urging further action. Amid the pressure, federal biologists plan to transfer wolves from elsewhere into the recovery area for the first time in years to promote wild breeding.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Red wolves court battle reignites as governor urges action

Dec. 26, 2019 9:30 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fight over the critically endangered red wolf has returned to court as North Carolina's governor sought immediate help for the dozen or so remaining in the wild and federal biologists planned to transfer wolves into the recovery area for the first time in years. In late...

Forest Service halts logging project in Monongahela Forest

Dec. 21, 2019 4:44 PM EST

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has halted a logging project in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest to protect an endangered fish. The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of Blackwater submitted objections in July to the project to protect the endangered candy darter....