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Man charged in rhino horns, elephant ivory trafficking case

Jan. 25, 2021 6:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with conspiring to smuggle tons of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns was extradited Monday from Kenya to the United States, where he pleaded not guilty to multiple charges. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss announced the arrival of Mansur Mohamed Surur to face a federal...

Utah zoo's new male polar bear to replace departing female

Jan. 25, 2021 2:05 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah zoo will conduct a polar bear exchange when a new male arrives to replace a departing female bear. Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is anticipating the arrival of a 15-year-old male, which is twice the size of the 5-year-old female that will be transferred at the end of the month,...

InvestigateWest: Washington state plan would slash emissions

Jan. 25, 2021 11:52 AM EST

After more than a decade of the supposedly eco-friendly Pacific Northwest and British Columbia falling short on pledges to fight climate change, a new blueprint emerged this month for how to eliminate all but a sliver of fossil-fuel emissions. The 428-page plan by Washington state outlines how to make a...

FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo, shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources officials pushed back Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, against Republican legislators seeking to implement a wolf season immediately, saying a hunt is already scheduled for November and they need time to gather input and set quotas. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

Wisconsin DNR board refuses to set early wolf hunt

Jan. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources policy board narrowly refused Republican legislators' request Friday to implement a wolf hunt immediately, citing concerns that the department can't move that fast and Wisconsin's Native American tribes haven't been consulted as per treaty...

Wind turbines are seen on a dike near Urk, Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. A group of scientists, including five Nobel laureates, called Friday for more action to adapt the world to the effects of climate change, drawing comparisons with the faltering response to the coronavirus crisis, ahead of a major online conference on climate adaptation starting Monday and hosted by the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Kerry: US will make up for 4 years of lost action on climate

Jan. 25, 2021 10:50 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The world must take decisive action to build resilience to the devastating effects of climate change, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told a global virtual summit Monday, pledging that President Joe Biden's new administration would play its role. In a video message to the...

This undated photo privided by the Tiergarten Schoenbrunn (Schoenbrunn Zoo) on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 shows a chameleon in Vienna, Austria. Over 70 species-protected chameleons were to be smuggled into Vienna this week. Customs at the Vienna airport stopped the smuggling and brought the animals to the zoo. (Tiergarten Schönbrunn/Anton Weissenbacher via AP)

Austria stops man trying to smuggle in 74 chameleons

Jan. 25, 2021 9:19 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities stopped a man at Vienna airport as he tried to smuggle 74 protected chameleons from Africa into the country. They said in a statement Friday that a 56-year-old man, who was not further identified, had hidden the animals in socks and empty ice-cream boxes when he was...

Exterior view of the congress center in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. The World Economic Forum, WEF, was scheduled to take place in Davos between Jan. 25 and Jan. 29, 2021. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak it will be held in a digital format. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

China's Xi calls for unity in fighting virus, climate change

Jan. 25, 2021 8:58 AM EST

Countries must cooperate more closely in fighting the challenges of the pandemic and climate change and in supporting a sustainable global economic recovery, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday in an address to the World Economic Forum. “Humanity has only Earth and one future,” Xi said in...

Michigan adds Beech leaf disease to invasive species list

Jan. 25, 2021 7:42 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Beech leaf disease has been added to Michigan’s invasive species watch list and state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for trees infested with the damaging disease. The disease, which has not been found in Michigan, was discovered in Ohio in 2012 and has been...

UN film and game for teens focuses on protecting ozone layer

Jan. 24, 2021 8:12 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations launched an animated film and game on Sunday aimed at engaging Gen Z teenagers on the importance of protecting the ozone layer. The project, called “Reset Earth,” was produced by the U.N. Environment Program’s Ozone Secretariat. The ozone layer...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron stands during the One Planet Summit, at The Elysee Palace, in Paris, France. World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned. (Ludovic Marin, Pool Photo via AP, File)

After failed Trump romance, France seeks reset under Biden

Jan. 24, 2021 4:40 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — After increasingly strained U.S.-France relations under Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Sunday to work closely together to fight the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Their first conversation since Biden’s inauguration aimed at...