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Banned mussels found on boat in Montana after initial checks

Oct. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials say a boat infested with an invasive species of mussels passed two watercraft checkpoints before they were discovered. The Missoulian reported that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the zebra mussels were found on a boat bound for Seattle. Officials say...

Indianapolis Zoo receives $4M to open a conservation center

Oct. 13, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Zoo plans to open an international center devoted to saving threatened species, an effort that zoo officials call a natural extension of their biennial Indianapolis Prize honoring animal conservation leaders. The Global Center for Species Survival is expected to open...

Threatened bird snowy plover thrives after Hurricane Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Amid the devastation of Hurricane Michael along Florida's Panhandle, experts say there's a ray of hope: a once imperiled bird is enjoying a renaissance. There are an estimated 225 to 250 breeding pairs of snowy plover in Florida. The majority of the state's threatened species...

$3 million for NY towns to buy zero emissions equipment

Oct. 13, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for part of $3 million in rebates and grants. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says electric vehicles cost less to operate and are more...

DES hearing to address plastic company's equipment permit

Oct. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is going to hold a public hearing on a plastics company's application for air pollution control equipment in Merrimack. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation is seeking the permit. The DES hearing also will provide an...

Report: Most of plastic debris on Hawaii from abroad

Oct. 12, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii researchers have found that majority of plastic marine debris washing up on shores is from abroad. The Star-Advertiser reports that the study conducted at Hawaii Pacific University revealed that pollution from north and east island beaches is washing ashore where there are fewer...

Iranian official says oil tanker attack won't go unpunished

Oct. 12, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian security official said Saturday that an attack on one of the country's oil tankers won't go unpunished, the official IRNA news agency reported. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said a day after two missiles struck the Iranian tanker...

UK climate activist denies causing London airport nuisance

Oct. 12, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A medal-winning Paralympian who allegedly glued himself to a British Airways plane at a London airport has denied causing a public nuisance as he sought to draw attention to global warming. James Brown appeared Saturday at Westminster Magistrates Court, where his lawyer pleaded not guilty to...

California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries

Oct. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities halted service to more than 2 million people this week, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators, while many hospitals...

Washington state trailer park seeks water contamination fix

Oct. 12, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state health officials have warned hundreds of trailer park residents to boil water before using it amid a water contamination issue. The Spokesman-Review reports that Pinecroft Mobile Home Park residents have had a boil order on their water since E. coli was detected in...