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Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

Oct. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a petition Tuesday to the state's Fish and Game Commission. The petition comes amid rising...

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?

Oct. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just the right...

Yellow cedar rejected for threatened species listing

Oct. 4, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An iconic Alaska tree with roots that can freeze to death if not covered by snow was rejected Friday by a federal agency for the threatened species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that yellow cedar does not warrant additional protections because trees will persist in...

Yellow cedar trees denied for US threatened species listing

Oct. 4, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency has rejected an iconic Alaska tree for listing as a threatened species due to climate warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday that yellow cedars do not warrant additional protections because trees affected by warming grow in areas representing...

Lizard protections sought in Southwest amid US oil boom

Oct. 1, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small lizard found among the dunes straddling New Mexico and West Texas in one of the nation's richest oil basins is at the center of a legal complaint filed Tuesday. Environmentalists want the U.S. government to add the lizard to the endangered species list as part of a fight...

Report: 58% of Europe-only trees face extinction threat

Sep. 27, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — An international conservation group is warning that more than half of the European tree species that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said in a new report Friday that 58% of Europe's 265 endemic trees face...

Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to...

US, Brazil hold talks on trade, Amazon protection

Sep. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Brazil deepened a new era of closer cooperation Friday with their first high-level strategic dialogue in seven years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said both countries will seek to increase binational trade that already surpasses $100 billion a year and plan to...

Pope denounces exploitation of Madagascar's unique resources

Sep. 7, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its people in...