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US sets deadline for wolverines protection decision

Jul. 2, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials have agreed to decide by the end of August whether climate change and other threats are pushing the rare wolverine closer to extinction in the mountains of the West. Government attorneys and conservation groups that had sued to force a decision filed court...

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this...

Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

Jul. 1, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials plan to reconsider how they manage Yellowstone National Park's famous wild bison herds following longstanding complaints over thousands of the animals that have been killed by hunters and agencies as they attempted to migrate into Montana. Yellowstone National...

This Sept. 26, 2018 photo provided by the Grand Canyon National Park shows a wastewater treatment plant at Phantom Ranch. People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on the wastewater treatment plant.(Grand Canyon National Park via AP)

Options for overnight stays deep within Grand Canyon limited

Jul. 1, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon will have less options for overnight stays and for restrooms because of strains on a wastewater treatment plant. The plant at Phantom Ranch needs an overhaul because it doesn't meet current state requirements for effluent, park...

BP, Hilcorp say they've closed part of Alaska oil, gas deal

Jul. 1, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — BP announced Wednesday it has closed part of its planned $5.6 billion sale of assets and operations in Alaska to Hilcorp, including the transfer of leases in the Prudhoe Bay oil field and Point Thomson gas field. William Lin, an executive vice president for BP, in a statement called...

This May 31, 2020 image shows a group of kayakers making their way down the Rio Grande between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers has decided to stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

Jun. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility...

New Florida laws address sea level, algae, pythons, iguanas

Jun. 30, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Ron DeSantis signed a slew of environmental bills in less than 24 hours that address issues ranging from sea level rise to blue-green algae blooms — and even given the state authority to use drones to fight invasive Burmese pythons. DeSantis signed a...

This undated photo taken near New Market, Va., illustrates how plants are becoming more stressed by unpredictable weather extremes. The climate in 2025 will be different even from that of 2020 so take that into account when doing your landscape planning. Choose plant varieties that can adapt to unusual growing conditions. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Climate change keeps changing the game for home gardeners

Jun. 30, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

Every year now, gardeners should be rethinking what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say. The growing season has become longer, delivering bigger harvests but requiring more weeding and controls. Plants are under stress because of rising temperatures, less frequent but more intense...

Deaths of 2 Mexican gray wolves investigated in New Mexico

Jun. 29, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers are investigating the deaths of two Mexican gray wolves found in May in New Mexico. The interagency team that oversees recovery of the endangered species in New Mexico and Arizona documented the deaths of a female that was not with a pack and a male that was part...

FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a small load of pollack being sorted as it comes off a boat at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The amount of commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help jeopardized species of sea life to recover. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

Jun. 29, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help endangered species of marine life recover. Hours logged by fishermen at sea fell by nearly 10% around...