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Open-pit phosphate mines approved in Idaho with safeguards

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved two open-pit phosphate mines in eastern Idaho that include environmental protections intended to prevent the type of pollution caused by past phosphate mining in the area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it approved the Caldwell Canyon...

Bolsonaro fires back after Norway, Germany suspend funding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro took aim at Germany and Norway after they cut donations for Brazilian forestry projects in criticism of his policies, with the far-right leader saying they should focus on their own environmental problems. "Isn't Norway the one that kills whales up there in...

Agency: Oxygen injectors pass crucial test in Georgia harbor

Aug. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Machines designed to inject extra oxygen into the Savannah River to help fish breathe exceeded expectations in a two-month test run earlier this year, a federal agency said Thursday in a report that's critical to completing a $973 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port...

Sage grouse numbers continue to drop in Idaho

Aug. 12, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's sage grouse population has dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015. It's not yet clear whether the three-year decline is part of a cyclical pattern or indicative of a more serious issue, but the Idaho...

US West struggles to hit goals of fighting fire with fire

Aug. 12, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had started the blaze that chewed through...

The Latest: UN official concerned, hopeful on climate change

Aug. 8, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a new United Nations report on climate change (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A manager in the U.N. Climate Change secretariat who helped write a new report on the subject, said the grueling work by the volunteer authors was "like a dentist's appointment for six days" and left her...

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Aug. 8, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. "The cycle...

Forest Service wants to trim habitat for sage grouse

Aug. 2, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service plan released Friday would reduce designated sage grouse habitat in Wyoming and Nevada while easing grazing rules intended to protect the ground-dwelling birds in five Western states. The plan would target 300 square miles (800 square kilometers) now set aside...

Parson appoints 2 new members to Missouri conservation panel

Aug. 2, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Half of the members of the Missouri Conservation Commission will be new the next time the panel meets. Gov. Mike Parson announced on Friday that he had appointed Steven Harrison, of Rolla, and Mark McHenry, of Kansas City, to the four-person commission that oversees hunting,...

Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Forest Service said the changes allow for greater flexibility and local control,...