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EU watchdog to probe trade pact with South American nations

Jul. 10, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s independent watchdog has launched an inquiry into the bloc’s trade agreement with the Mercosur group of South American countries after environmental and rights groups complained that the deal does not respect the EU’s legal obligations. The European...

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, a small boat navigates on the Solimoes River near Manaus, Brazil. In the remote Amazon community of Betania, indigenous Tikuna tribe members suspect the new coronavirus arrived in May of 2020 after some returned from a two-hour boat trip down the Solimoes River to pick up their government benefit payments. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Investors warn Brazil ambassadors about Amazon deforestation

Jun. 23, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A group of mostly European investment firms has sent a joint letter to Brazilian ambassadors in their countries to express concern over rising Amazon deforestation. Storebrand Asset Management, based in Norway, collected the signatures of 29 companies, which include Legal &...

Rules allow increased hunting, trapping in Alaska preserves

Jun. 10, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration has enacted new rules to increase hunting and trapping on federal wildlife preserves in Alaska. Conservation groups have said the move supports the killing of predators and their young while some state leaders, hunters and a tribal consortium praised the...

FILE - In this June 8, 2017, file photo, fresh nuts, bolts and fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline near St. Ignace, Mich., as Enbridge prepares to test the east and west sides of the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City, Mich. Enbridge Inc. has produced legally acceptable plans for dealing with a potential spill from oil pipelines that cross a Michigan channel linking two of the Great Lakes, according to a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a court ruling June 5, 2020. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

Federal court upholds Enbridge's Great Lakes spill plans

Jun. 9, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge has produced legally acceptable plans for dealing with a potential spill from oil pipelines that cross a Michigan channel linking two of the Great Lakes, according to a federal appeals court. A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week overruled a...

Environmental groups to host virtual congressional forum

Jun. 6, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Environmental groups are planning to host a virtual candidate forum for 11 candidates vying for the state’s 4th Congressional District seat. The seat is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, who is challenging fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in the party’s primary for...

Trump seeks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

Jun. 4, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday directing agencies to look for ways to speed up building of highways and other major projects by scaling back environmental reviews, invoking special powers he has under the coronavirus emergency. Separately Thursday, the...

UN, host UK set new date for climate talks in November 2021

May. 28, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Host Britain said Thursday that the next global climate talks, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held in Glasgow from Nov. 1-12, 2021. The U.N. talks originally scheduled for this November are regarded as an important moment to review progress since the Paris climate...

Board rejects Hawaii commercial aquarium fishing statement

May. 27, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A state board has rejected an environmental impact statement submitted by a group seeking permits for commercial aquarium fishing around Hawaii island. The Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to reject the statement of more than 2,000 pages submitted by 10 West Hawaii aquarium...

Traditional cyclists, e-bikers clash over new trail rules

May. 16, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — After a couple days of hard hiking last fall, Tim Brass thought it was time to track down a motor. He was bowhunting in a trophy unit near Creede, and plenty of other hunters were using a motorized trail for swift access. His friend offered an e-bike. Brass got his elk. “Best hunting...