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Canada urges Biden not to cancel oil pipeline on first day

Jan. 18, 2021 4:50 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Top officials in Canada want a chance to make the case for a long disputed oil pipeline to be built amid reports President-elect Joe Biden will cancel Keystone XL. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Monday he will seek legal damages if reports are true that Biden plans to scrap the pipeline...

Time running out for Northwest salmon species, report says

Jan. 18, 2021 1:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington report has found one of the state's iconic fish is facing a threat to its existence as a result of climate change. The 2020 State of Salmon in Watersheds report by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found the state's salmon are “teetering on the brink...

A snowman, featuring a mask, is seen in Istanbul, Monday, Jan 18, 2021. Snow blanketed most of the Turkish metropolis of some 16 million that spans two continents, bridging Europe to Asia and the flurries are forecasted to continue throughout the day. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul and smog spiking as more coal was being burned to generate heat. In Switzerland, a skier who had been buried by an avalanche...

FILE - In this undated file photo the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska is shown. The International Energy Agency says oil and gas companies aren't doing enough to reduce the release of methane, a potent source of planet-heating emissions, that is seeping out of pipelines and production plants. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, file)

Watchdog: Fossil fuel firms need to curb climate gas leaks

Jan. 18, 2021 10:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The International Energy Agency says oil and gas companies aren't doing enough to reduce the release of methane, a potent source of planet-heating emissions, that is seeping out of pipelines and production plants. A report published Monday by the Paris-based organization found the estimated...

FILE- This June 2, 2009 file photo shows  the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island.  Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. In 2020, U.S. Steel said it would indefinitely idle major operations at the factories, sending notices to 1,545 employees. Now, there are about 500 workers left and just a small slice of what it was at its peak. In the late 1940s, more than 16,000 men reportedly worked there. (Patrica Beck/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Zug Island mill still operates with fraction of workforce

Jan. 17, 2021 1:01 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. But steel making in metro Detroit — and America — probably...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the U.S. National Park Service and the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation, a white wolf is released onto Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.  One of the world’s longest-running wildlife field studies has fallen prey to the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Denice Swanke said Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 that this year’s mission has been scrapped to protect the scientists and support personnel from possible exposure to the virus. (Daniel Conjanu/The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation via AP, File)

Pandemic interrupts longtime Isle Royale wolf, moose study

Jan. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the world's longest-running wildlife field studies has fallen prey to the coronavirus pandemic. Since 1959, a research team has spent most of the winter observing the interplay between wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. But this year's mission...

Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...

New suit brought in Missouri River flooding

Jan. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EST

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The federal government faces a second lawsuit over flooding along the Missouri River after it was ordered last month to pay some landowners for damages. R. Dan Boulware, of the Polsinelli law firm, filed the new class-action lawsuit on behalf of 60 plaintiffs who experienced damages...

New preserve aims to protect slice of White River, old canal

Jan. 16, 2021 8:39 AM EST

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A newly created central Indiana nature preserve will create a safe passage for wildlife along the White River and safeguard the remnants of a 19th century canal, a conservancy group says. The Red-tail Land Conservancy announced Tuesday that it had established the 50-acre...

Restoration underway at SW Louisiana pelican nesting island

Jan. 16, 2021 8:35 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Restoration is underway at the state bird’s only breeding site in southwest Louisiana, the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority said. Rabbit Island is also where about 180 brown pelicans and 140 smaller birds were released in 2010 after oil from the BP spill...