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Spain gives personhood status to Mar Menor salt-water lagoon

Sep. 21, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain granted personhood status Wednesday to what environmentalists call Europe's largest salt-water lagoon, which has suffered massive die-offs of marine life as it degrades due to coastal development and local farming. The new law came after a citizen-led push to provide...

Report: Benefits of dams must be replaced before breaching

Aug. 25, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River must be replaced before the dams can be breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a final report issued Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. ...

US protections for Idaho salmon, steelhead are here to stay

Aug. 19, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A five-year review by U.S. officials has determined that Endangered Species Act protections for ocean-going salmon and steelhead that reproduce in the Snake River and its Idaho tributaries must stay in effect. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Report: Climate change a challenge for Idaho wildlife

Aug. 02, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Climate change could make it more challenging to conserve and manage the state’s most at-risk fish, wildlife and plants, Idaho officials said. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Monday released its draft Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan that will guide...

Environmental board upholds permit for hydropower corridor

Jul. 21, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s citizen board on Thursday rejected the latest effort to stop a $1 billion power line, and the next hurdle for the project lies with the state Supreme Court. The Board of Environmental Protection unanimously...

Biden administration reverses Trump endangered species rule

Jul. 21, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators Wednesday canceled a policy adopted under former President Donald Trump that weakened their authority to identify lands and waters where declining animals and plants could receive government protection. The move was the latest by the...

Judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species

Jul. 05, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections. U.S. District Judge...

Acres of Whidbey Island farmland, forest, beach, preserved

Jul. 02, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Staff at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust in Washington state knew they had to act quickly when a 226-acre (91-hectare) beachfront property south of Coupeville came on the market last December. From the water, boaters may have seen the red house, old windmill,...