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Jobs are make-or-break argument for Biden in climate plan

Apr. 23, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is bringing out the billionaires, the CEOs and the union executives Friday to help sell President Joe Biden's climate-friendly transformation of the U.S. economy at a virtual summit of world leaders. The closing day of the two-day...

EXPLAINER: How come nations' climate targets don't compare?

Apr. 23, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's climate change summit features lots of talk from different nations about their goals for reducing carbon emissions. But in the weird world of national climate pledges, numbers often aren’t quite what they seem. Sometimes a 55% reduction...

Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Apr. 22, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy...

Evacuations ordered as brush fire grows in eastern Idaho

Apr. 22, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

FIRTH, Idaho. (AP) — A brush fire has prompted evacuations near the small town of Firth in eastern Idaho. The Bureau of Land Management said on Twitter Thursday afternoon that the Lavaside Fire could be seen from Interstate 15 and was estimated at 500 acres (202...

Bill to increase killing of Idaho wolves clears House panel

Apr. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation that could lead to killing up to 90% of the wolves in Idaho continued its speedy trip through the Statehouse on Thursday. The bill introduced just two days earlier cleared a House panel after already sailing through the Senate. It could...

Mexico's drought reaches critical levels as lakes dry up

Apr. 22, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drought conditions now cover 85% of Mexico, and residents of the nation's central region said Thursday that lakes and reservoirs are simply drying up, including the country’s second-largest body of fresh water. The mayor of Mexico City said the...

Judge sets deadline for rare Nevada plant-listing decision

Apr. 22, 2021 19:42 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. ...

Mexican president pushes controversial reforestation plan

Apr. 22, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

KOPOMA, México (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made a strong push Thursday for his oft-questioned tree-planting program, trying to get the United States on board to fund a massive expansion of the program into Central America as a way to stem migration. ...

Earth Day: Rehabilitated sea turtle released in Florida Keys

Apr. 22, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Staff from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital released a rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtle back to the ocean on Thursday to mark Earth Day. Nicknamed “Sparb,” the 125-pound (57-kilogram) sub-adult sea turtle was rescued in late January...

Governor marks Earth Day with order targeting greenhouse gas

Apr. 22, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order Thursday aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions across state facilities. The action sets goals to accelerate the state’s decarbonization efforts in state agencies and public institutions of higher...