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California to waive environmental rules for fire season prep

Mar. 22, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader. "The increasing...

National Guard to help protect California towns from fires

Mar. 20, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall. It's pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump's border protection efforts and...

Italy's ENI aims to zero carbon footprint upstream by 2030

Mar. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian energy firm ENI is aiming to make its upstream business carbon neutral by 2030 as part of a transformation to meet its Paris Agreement targets, CEO Claudio Descalzi said Friday during the presentation of a new business plan. The goal will be achieved by reducing carbon emissions...

Official: School illegally moved medical marijuana plants

Mar. 6, 2019 6:10 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's Agricultural Center and its medical marijuana growing partner illegally moved their cannabis crop into the school's primary growing facility, a state official said. The center and its private partner GB Sciences violated state law when they moved the...

California officials focus on forest management after fires

Mar. 5, 2019 8:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After successive years of devastating wildfires, California's fire agency announced a plan Tuesday that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest management efforts with the help of the National Guard. The California Department of Forestry and Fire...

Subaru recalls 1.3M vehicles in US for brake light problem

Mar. 2, 2019 11:30 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because the brake lights may not illuminate properly. The recall covers certain 2014 to 2016 Forester, 2008 through 2016 Impreza and 2013 through 2017 Crosstrek vehicles. Subaru says cleaning products containing silicone can emit a gas...

Locals find monarch colony in Mexico after yearslong search

Feb. 15, 2019 3:43 PM EST

AMANALCO DE BECERRA, Mexico (AP) — For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve. Local woodsmen...

Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires

Feb. 15, 2019 7:53 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll. The 10 palm oil and pulp wood companies...

Mexican president launches ambitious forestry, orchard plan

Feb. 1, 2019 9:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an ambitious forestry program Friday to plant fruit and timber trees, as well as cacao and coffee, on nearly 1.5 million acres (570,000 hectares) in the country's south. The government program will pay farmers a wage of about $250...

California seeks faster forestry approvals in wildfire fight

Jan. 29, 2019 11:35 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildland managers said Tuesday that they want to speed up logging and prescribed burns designed to slow wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. After the deadliest and most destructive blazes in state history, officials are scrapping 12 years of...