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FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, water flows through one of the irrigation canals in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has long talked about the importance of water to the arid state, even campaigning on the idea of creating a 50-year plan to guide management of the finite resource. Her administration is now asking lawmakers for more money and manpower to start what some experts say will be a multiyear endeavor. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Governor: New Mexico needs realistic, sustainable water plan

Jan. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has long talked about the importance of water to the arid state, even campaigning on the idea of creating a 50-year plan to guide management of the finite resource. Her administration is now asking lawmakers for more money and manpower to...

Group preparing to sue EPA over Chesapeake Bay pollution

Jan. 27, 2020 6:06 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A conservation group announced Monday that it's preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce the Clean Water Act relating to pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced it is preparing a notice of intent to sue the...

Florida could use drones to fight pythons, invasive species

Jan. 27, 2020 5:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could turn to the sky to fight Burmese pythons on the ground under a bill a Senate committee unanimously approved Monday to allow two state agencies to use drones in the effort to eradicate invasive plants and animals. The bill would create an exception to a current law...

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, rush-hour traffic heads east, left, and west, right, along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia. A spokesman for Pennsylvania's governor said the state was committed to being a part of Transportation and Climate Initiative conversations. But a growing number of Northeast governors have concerns the TCI could increase gas prices, and raise doubts about how effective it would be in capping pollution. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

Jan. 27, 2020 5:36 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices. After the Transportation and Climate Initiative was announced last month, New...

EPA reaches deal over clean air violations at Kansas plants

Jan. 27, 2020 4:17 PM EST

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — Federal environmental regulators said Monday they have reached a settlement with Frontier Ag Inc. to resolve alleged clean air violations at three ammonia fertilizer facilities in Kansas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release the alleged violations of the Clean...

Macedonia imposes urgent measures due to severe pollution

Jan. 27, 2020 12:28 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s government on Monday said it was imposing urgent measures in the country’s capital, Skopje, and the western city of Tetovo in order to protect people from severely high levels of air pollution. Authorities said the levels of toxic particles in...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 27, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Omaha World Herald. January 22, 2020 Legislature should explore options for a constructive redistricting process Every 10 years, the Nebraska Legislature undertakes its redistricting duties. Past experience shows that even in the officially nonpartisan Legislature, redrawing the state’s political maps can...

Picture made available on Monday, Jan.27, 2020 shows Vetrinarians Andreas Ochs, left and Andrea Knieriem and zookeeper Yang Cheng checking one of the panda baby twins in the zoo in Berlin, on Jan.24, 2020. (AP Photo/Zoo Berlin)

Berlin zoo prepares panda cubs for their big day out

Jan. 27, 2020 11:00 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Two baby pandas born at Berlin's zoo have been chipped and checked in preparation for their first public outing in a few days, officials said Monday. The zoo said the 5-month-old cubs, nicknamed Pit and Paule, were injected with a tiny microchip that's standard for endangered species such as...

EPA to design sediment remediation project for Detroit park

Jan. 27, 2020 9:00 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed a $2.5 million agreement to design a project to remediate contaminated sediment and create a substantial new habitat at a riverfront park being developed in Detroit. The contaminated sediment at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park is...

Pedestrians walk past trees planted along Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Overuse of salt to clear ice from sidewalks could be contributing to the decline of newly planted urban trees. (Christine T. Nguyen/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Salt may be culprit in tree losses in downtown Minneapolis

Jan. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis has planted hundreds of trees in the past few years in an effort to green up downtown, but many aren't surviving past their first year. City staff have been trying to figure out why, and they think they might have found the culprit: salt. Soil tests show that salinity levels...