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Rhode Island governor signs climate change bill into law

Apr. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wide-ranging climate bill that requires Rhode Island to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “With four hundred miles of coastline, urban and rural coastal communities, fishing and...

Deadline extended for comments about groundwater plan

Apr. 10, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has again extended the public comment period on the reclassification of groundwater as non-potable in parts of Bennington and Shaftsbury because of PFAS pollution. The deadline to submit...

Thousands rally in Serbia to protect the environment

Apr. 10, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Protesters in Serbia rallied Saturday demanding that the government protect the environment in a Balkan nation that has seen record levels of air pollution and scores of other ecological problems following decades of neglect. Several thousand...

Chicago expands protected site for endangered shorebirds

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Park District is adding about 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of Lake Michigan lakefront to a protected area set aside as nesting ground for an endangered shorebird. The district's move means several sand volleyball courts used at the south end of...

Vehicles belonging to Saginaw-area organizations vandalized

Apr. 10, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — About 40 vehicles belonging to nonprofits and agencies in the Saginaw area have been vandalized this year. Six parked Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services small buses were damaged Wednesday and parts were cut off two Saginaw-Shiawassee...

How pandemic, hurricane season threatened whooping cranes

Apr. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Perennially endangered and for decades absent from these marshy wetlands, Louisiana’s whooping cranes can add another milestone to their long journey back from the brink of extinction: They survived 2020. Fewer than 700 whooping cranes exist in...

Old documents fuel latest bid to halt Nevada lithium mine

Apr. 09, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Few people had ever heard of Tiehm’s buckwheat when conservationists filed a petition two years ago to list the desert wildflower as an endangered species. But federal documents reviewed by The Associated Press show the rare plant at the center of a...

Alaska files lawsuit against toxic chemical producers

Apr. 09, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of toxic, man-made “forever chemicals” that have been detected in some of the state's groundwater. The lawsuit filed Wednesday names large chemical-making corporations such as 3M,...

Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

Apr. 09, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Friday delayed a decision on whether the Dakota Access Oil pipeline should be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review on the project, after lawyers for the pipeline asked for more time to outline the effects of...

Washington state Senate OKs carbon-cap legislation

Apr. 09, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate has passed two key pieces of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a plan to put a price on carbon pollution and a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other...