Latest Biodiversity News

Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian

Sep. 28, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons in “stacks” that resemble enormous ponds, are at risk for leaks or other contamination when Hurricane Ian comes ashore in the state, environmental groups say. ...

ADB to devote $14B to help ease food crisis in Asia-Pacific

Sep. 27, 2022 05:01 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank said Tuesday it will devote at least $14 billion through 2025 to help ease a worsening food crisis in the Asia-Pacific. The development lender said it plans a comprehensive program of support to help the 1.1 billion people in...

Agency OKs nearly $190M in bids from offshore oil lease sale

Sep. 14, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration accepted nearly $190 million Wednesday in bids from an offshore oil and gas lease sale that was held nearly a year ago but rejected by a federal judge. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's action was required by the climate bill that...

‘Plant Doctor’ nurtures 250 species from around the globe

Sep. 11, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

SEWANEE, Tenn. (AP) — Some folks have a green thumb. Seems like 21-year-old Oliver Hutchens has two of them and maybe eight green fingers to boot. Entering his senior year at The University of the South, the biology major, who is concentrating in ecology, serves as manager of the...

G20 environment ministers in Bali spur global climate action

Aug. 31, 2022 09:23 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Environment officials from the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations met Wednesday on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for talks on climate action and the global impact of the war in Ukraine, with Indonesia's environment minister saying the world is already...

Pachama CEO talks holding carbon emitters accountable

Aug. 29, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

Diego Saez Gil co-founded climate technology startup Pachama in 2018 at a time when big corporations in Silicon Valley and elsewhere were looking for ways to offset their carbon emissions through forest conservation. Saez Gil grew up near the Yungas forest region of northwest...

Nations fail to reach deal on UN treaty to protect sea life

Aug. 27, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats from around the world have failed to reach agreement on a United Nations treaty designed to protect marine life on the high seas, after a fifth round of talks ended in impasse. Negotiations at U.N. headquarters in New York were suspended early...

Mountain lion killed by vehicle in Southern California

Aug. 26, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

OJAI, Calif. (AP) — A young mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle in Southern California early Friday, just weeks after his brother was fatally hit on another freeway, according to the National Park Service. The 2-year-old male cougar, named P-90, was killed on a highway...

Judge won't block Idaho wolf trapping, snaring regulations

Aug. 26, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Trappers can continue pursuing wolves under Idaho’s current regulations after a federal judge rejected a request by conservation groups to temporarily block the state’s expanded wolf trapping and snaring rules. The decision earlier this week by a U.S....

British sewage overflows stink up relations across Channel

Aug. 25, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — EU lawmakers have a new, post-Brexit reason to be annoyed with the U.K.: British sewage overflows seeping into the English Channel and the North Sea. Heavy rainfall after weeks of dry weather overwhelmed parts of Britain's sewage system last week, causing untreated...