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Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Aug. 24, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying that...

Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out. Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a yellow-flowered shrub that's taking root in New York state parks. She's one of a new breed of detection dog...

Bolsonaro to send army to fight huge fires in the Amazon

Aug. 23, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

PORT VELHO, Brazil (AP) — Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil's Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will deploy...

Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah

Aug. 23, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago. The plan released...

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Aug. 23, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska's blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably connected to warm water or low river water levels, said Sam...

San Francisco Zoo brings red-legged frogs back to Yosemite

Aug. 22, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A healthy population of red-legged frogs is hopping in Yosemite National Park, helped by a reintroduction program with the San Francisco Zoo. The zoo on Monday released the last of more than 1,000 red-legged frogs into the park as part of a four-year effort to reintroduce the...

Giraffes move closer to endangered species protection

Aug. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations. Thursday's vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for...

Environmentalists sue over Endangered Species Act rollbacks

Aug. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seven environmental and animal protection groups teamed up to file the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's rollback of the Endangered Species Act. The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity,...

Florida panthers afflicted with mysterious walking disorder

Aug. 21, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials are investigating a disorder that causes Florida panthers to have trouble walking. A video from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows the affected panthers walking abnormally, mostly kittens. Trail cameras in three counties...

Omaha zoo euthanizes white rhino that arrived in 1999

Aug. 21, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha zoo has euthanized one of its white rhinos. Officials at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday that the 21-year-old rhino, Marina, was euthanized Monday after surgeons discovered an inoperable colonic obstruction. She was being treated for symptoms similar to colic when...