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Volunteer Divino Humberto tries to douse the fire along a dirt road off the Trans-Pantanal highway, in the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Pouring the water had little effect as wind redirected the fire toward a tree, causing it to explode as though it had been soaked with gasoline. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

As Brazil's wetlands burned, government did little to help

Sep. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

PORTO JOFRE, Brazil (AP) — After hours navigating Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands in search of jaguars earlier this month, Daniel Moura beached his boat to survey the fire damage. In every direction, he saw only devastation. No wildlife, and no support from federal authorities. “We used to see...

The paws of a Jaguar named Amanaci, who suffered third-degree burns during the fires in the Pantanal region, are shown in detail at the headquarters of Nex Felinos, an NGO aimed at defending endangered wild cats, in the city of Corumba, Goias state, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Two Jaguars, a male and a female, were rescued from the great Pantanal fire and are receiving treatment with laser, ozone therapies and cell injections to hasten recovery of burned tissue. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Brazil vets work to heal jaguars burned in Pantanal wildfire

Sep. 28, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

CORUMBA DE GOIAS, Brazil (AP) — In 20 years, veterinarian Daniela Gianni had never seen a jaguar burned as badly as Amanaci, a female injured in the wildfires crackling through Brazil's vast Pantanal wetlands. After 13 hours of overland transport, Amanaci arrived for care on Aug. 21 at the NEX Institute in...

In this Sept. 2019, photo provided by the White Oak Conservation, Asian elephants, Kelly Ann, born Jan. 1, 1996, and Mable, born April 6, 2006, are seen at the Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Fla.  A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new 2,500-acre home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, that it's expecting to welcome 30 Asian elephants starting next year. (Stephanie Rutan/White Oak Conservation via AP)

Florida wildlife refuge to take 30 former circus elephants

Sep. 25, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

YULEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new, spacious home for former circus elephants. The White Oak Conservation Center north of Jacksonville is expected to welcome 30 Asian elephants to a 2,500-acre (1,010-hectare) refuge starting next year, the center announced Wednesday. The...

A firefighter rides a motorcycle past a burning area next to the Transpantaneira road at the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. A vast swath of the vital wetlands is burning in Brazil, sweeping across several national parks and obscuring the sun behind dense smoke. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil adds some to force fighting vast wetlands blazes

Sep. 23, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government on Wednesday said it was adding 43 more firefighters to a small force battling blazes that have charred a Belgium-sized swath of the world's largest tropical wetlands. President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations this week to fend off criticism of his...

Judge won't reinstate frac sand permit in Monroe County

Sep. 21, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge refused Monday to reinstate a wetlands permit for a $75 million frac sand operation in Monroe County. Atlanta-based Meteor Timber has been working for four years to gain permission to build a frac sand plant and rail loading facility on a property that includes a hardwood...

In this image made from video, an alligator is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Moss Point, Miss.. As Hurricane Sally's outer bands reached the U.S. Gulf Coast and landfall was imminent, the manager of Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours was hoping he wouldn't have to live a repeat of what happened at the gator farm during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)

'Sigh of relief': Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch

Sep. 16, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — As rain and wind from Sally started reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as...

A jaguar crouches on an area recently scorched by wildfires at the Encontro das Aguas park in the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Firefighters, troops and volunteers have been scrambling to find and rescue jaguars and other animals before they are overtaken by the flames, which have been exacerbated by the worst drought in 47 years, strong winds and temperatures exceeding 40 degrees centigrade (104 fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Battle on to save Brazil's tropical wetlands from flames

Sep. 13, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A vast swath of a vital wetlands is burning in Brazil, sweeping across several national parks and obscuring the sun behind dense smoke. Preliminary figures from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, based on satellite images, indicate that nearly 5,800 square miles (1.5 million...

State orders reroute of part of natural gas pipeline

Sep. 13, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

CHESTER SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — State environmental authorities have ordered Sunoco to reroute a portion of its Marine East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline in southeastern Pennsylvania following last month's spill of more than 8,000 gallons of drilling fluid into a wetland area. The Pennsylvania Department of...

Cities hope to build reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness

Sep. 13, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

HOMESTAKE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A hundred miles from Colorado’s Front Range house-building boom, field scientist Delia Malone dug her fingers into spongy high-mountain wetlands at the edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness. She found, about 15 inches underground, partially decayed roots, twigs and the cold...

Marine One, with President Donald Trump aboard, flies over damage from Hurricane Laura, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, near Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Laura's coastal cost assessed with drones, satellite images

Sep. 4, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Laura was hardly done ripping across Louisiana before scientists started combing through satellite imagery and drone footage and preparing to survey coastal areas to see what damage was caused by the monster storm. Southwest Louisiana's gulf coast is a fragile yet vibrant...