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Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...

President Donald Trump delivers the opening remarks at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump in Davos: Talking up economy, brushing off impeachment

Jan. 21, 2020 5:38 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Donald Trump looked past the impeachment drama unfolding in Washington on Tuesday, turning his speech at an economic forum in the Swiss Alps into an unabashed sales pitch for the “blue-collar boom” in the U.S. economy that he says took place on his watch....

With challenge, skier reaffirms Vermont's beauty

Jan. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A self-induced challenge to climb then ski down all 110 of Vermont's major mountains led Spencer Crispe to places he describes as some of "the best kept secrets" — and where he was able to do some of most enjoyable skiing of his life. "Vermont is just so beautiful," he said....

Hospital staff load bodies of Indian tourists into an ambulance for postmortem, at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Eight Indian tourists were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, police said. The resort was fully booked so the eight tourists were sharing the same room. The official said the group reportedly turned on a gas heater inside the room while the windows and doors were closed. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

8 Indians die after falling unconscious at resort in Nepal

Jan. 21, 2020 6:30 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Eight Indian tourists, including four children, were declared dead Tuesday after being found unconscious in their room at a mountain resort in Nepal, officials said. Rescue helicopters flew the tourists to Kathmandu, where they were declared dead at a hospital in the capital, police...

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo, staff members of Asian Trekking, a Nepal-based mountaineering company, participate in a training session in Kathmandu, Nepal. Once relegated to support staff, Nepalese climbers famous for their skills on the world's highest peaks are emerging out of the shadows of their Western peers and now dominate the lucrative industry in the Himalayan nation. Sherpa guides are now more educated, and have traveled farther than their predecessors, picking up business acumen and corporate endorsements. As a result, there are more Nepal-based companies globally, not just in Nepal, but also in China, India and Pakistan, which collectively boast the world's 14 highest peaks. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepalese-owned operators take lead on world's highest peaks

Jan. 20, 2020 10:30 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Once relegated to support staff, Nepalese climbers famous for their skills on the world's highest peaks are emerging out of the shadows of their Western peers. They now dominate the lucrative industry in the Himalayan nation. Sherpa-owned companies have lowered the cost of...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, trekkers wait to be airlifted a day after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Special army and government rescue personnel were searching again on Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides lost since an avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains. (AP Photo/Phurba Ongel Sherpa)

Nepal rescuers search for 7 as avalanche hits hiking trail

Jan. 20, 2020 7:56 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Special Nepalese army and government rescue personnel continued searching Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides missing since since an avalanche swept across popular mountain trekking route . The avalanche hit part of the Mount Annapurna trekking route...

Wind farm projects lining up in hills around Montana town

Jan. 20, 2020 11:22 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In the hills around Rapelje, where jackrabbits far outnumber people, there’s a renewable energy powerhouse in the making. Wind farms, four of them in various stages of development, promise to deliver up to 480 megawatts of capacity just as planned coal power plant retirements...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2019 photo, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe released about 20 bighorn sheep into the Pyramid Lake Range in western Nevada, in an effort to revive the sheep population in the area. The sheep are believed to be the first of their species in the area in nearly 100 years. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Bighorn sheep return to Nevada lake after nearly 100 years

Jan. 19, 2020 10:48 AM EST

PYRAMID LAKE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada state wildlife officials and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe teamed up this week to release 20 bighorn sheep into the hills above the desert lake on tribal land in an effort to reintroduce the species to part of its native habitat for the first time in nearly a century. One...