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This undated photo provided by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in July 2020 shows an adult male pygmy hog in India. Pygmy hogs are among the few mammals — and the only pig — that build elaborate nests out of dried grass to live in families of four and five year around. (Parag Deka/Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust via AP)

Virus lockdown for world’s smallest and rarest wild pigs

Aug. 6, 2020 4:04 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Pygmy hogs — the world’s smallest and rarest wild pig — are under a virus lockdown. Not because of the coronavirus, but because of the first outbreak of African swine fever in India. There is neither a vaccine nor cure for the highly contagious viral disease that has...

A road divides the Cerro Lagoon, where the water at right is colored and the Waltrading S.A. tannery stands on the bank, top right, in Limpio, Paraguay, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. According to Francisco Ferreira, a technician at the National University Multidisciplinary Lab. who is taking water samples at the site on Wednesday, the color of the water is due to the presence of heavy metals like chromium, commonly used in the tannery process. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Pollution turns one side of divided Paraguayan lagoon purple

Aug. 5, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

LIMPIO, Paraguay (AP) — The Cerro Lagoon in the Paraguayan city of Limpio is sharply divided into two parts: one purple, one blue. One part emits a foul odor, the other doesn’t. The lagoon was split by construction of an embankment and roadway to carry trucks to and from local factories. Several...

3 Mexico smugglers undone by screech of their howler monkeys

Aug. 5, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Somewhat predictably, an attempt by three people to smuggle two howler monkeys in southern Mexico was undone when the protected animals locked in a suitcase began emitting their piercing cries. The National Guard said Wednesday that officers uncovered the smuggling try when they stopped...

FILE - In this October 2016 file photo, construction continues on the Dakota Access pipeline. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge “did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief.” (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

Aug. 5, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of retention ponds built to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals from the Gold King Mine. The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed to fund $3 million in Utah clean water projects and give another $360 million to the state for remediation projects at abandoned mine sites. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

EPA settles with Utah over 2015 Colorado mine spill

Aug. 5, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago. The Environmental Protection...

Water company to pay $5 M for hazardous waste violations

Aug. 5, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to pay $5 million in fines for illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, a Fiat logo is pictured on a car in Bayonne, southwestern France. About 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles with four-cylinder engines in the U.S. may spew too much pollution, and the company is working with government officials on a recall. The EPA said in a statement Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 that the vehicles will be recalled. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

Fiat Chrysler to recall vehicles that may pollute too much

Aug. 5, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — About 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles with four-cylinder engines in the U.S. may spew too much pollution, and the company is working with government officials on a recall. Fiat Chrysler says in a quarterly filing with securities regulators that it found the excess pollution during internal...

Montana grizzly biologist no longer with wildlife agency

Aug. 5, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A long-time Montana grizzly bear biologist is no longer with the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, officials confirmed. While the agency did not announce the departure of wildlife biologist Mike Madel, agency spokesperson Greg Lemon confirmed he was no longer with the...

Montana coal-fired power plant starts partial demolition

Aug. 5, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's largest coal-fired power plant has begun demolishing equipment as part of a partial closure. The Colstrip Power Plant started dismantling its Unit 1 and 2 cooling towers in July, The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday. Units 1 and 2 of the facility built in the 1970s were...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, female northern white rhinos Fatu, right, and Najin, left, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, are fed some carrots by a ranger in their enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Kenya. Although scientists have long focused on the world’s predators, a massive new study finds that herbivores, critters that eat plants, are the animals most at risk of extinction. A bit more than one in four species of herbivores are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s scientific authority on extinction risk, according to a study published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in the journal Science Advances. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk

Aug. 5, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Although scientists often worry most about the loss of the world’s predators, a comprehensive new study finds that plant-eating herbivores are the animals most at risk of extinction. About one in four species of herbivores, 25.5%, are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the International...