Latest Plants News

Monarch butterflies wintering in California rebound

Jan. 31, 2023 20:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The population of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has rebounded for a second year in a row after a precipitous drop in 2020, but the population of orange-and-black insects is still well below what it used to be, researchers announced Tuesday....

Ryder extends Farmers lead to 3, Rahm gets hot on windy day

Jan. 26, 2023 20:48 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sam Ryder extended his lead to three shots in the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-under 68 in challenging wind in the second round Thursday on Torrey Pines' South Course while Jon Rahm had an eagle and three straight birdies late in his 5-under 67 on the easier North Course to...

US: 5 species on California island no longer endangered

Jan. 25, 2023 15:10 PM EST

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Four types of plants and a bird species on the U.S. Navy-owned San Clemente Island off Southern California no longer require Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. The fully recovered species include the San...

Paris Hilton becomes a first-time mom to baby boy

Jan. 25, 2023 09:03 AM EST

Socialite and reality TV star Paris Hilton has welcomed her first child with her husband, venture capitalist Carter Reum. Hilton took to Instagram on Tuesday and posted a photo that seems to show the 41-year-old new mom holding her baby boy’s tiny hand. “You are...

Regulators nix proposal on California's last nuclear plant

Jan. 25, 2023 03:06 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In pointed language, federal regulators rebuffed a request Tuesday from the operator of California’s last nuclear power plant that could have smoothed its pathway to securing a longer operating life for its twin reactors. The decision marks the latest skirmish...

Public viewing at palace for 'last Hawaiian princess'

Jan. 23, 2023 00:10 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The casket bearing the 96-year-old heiress long considered the last Hawaiian princess went on public display Sunday in the downtown Honolulu palace that benefited from her wealth. Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa's casket, handcrafted from a 165-year-old koa...

IAEA says Fukushima water release to follow safety standards

Jan. 20, 2023 20:24 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The head of a U.N. nuclear agency task force assessing the safety of Japan's plan to release treated radioactive water from the wreaked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea said Friday that Japanese regulators have shown their commitment to comply with international safety standards....

Lithium miner cited for violating endangered flower habitat

Jan. 19, 2023 16:28 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Five days after the U.S. Energy Department announced a $700 million conditional loan to an Australian mining company pursuing a lithium project in Nevada, federal land managers cited it for trespassing within the habitat of an endangered flower. The Bureau of Land...

Regulators move mine plan near Okefenokee a big step forward

Jan. 19, 2023 14:07 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company's plan to mine minerals just outside the Okefenokee Swamp and its federally protected wildlife refuge moved a big step closer Thursday to approval by Georgia regulators, who have spent years evaluating the project that opponents say could permanently harm an...

Fashion sneakers propel sustainable rubber in Brazil Amazon

Jan. 19, 2023 11:39 AM EST

XAPURI, Brazil (AP) — Rubber tapper Raimundo Mendes de Barros prepares to leave his home, surrounded by rainforest, for an errand in the Brazilian Amazon city of Xapuri. He slides his long, scarred, 77-year-old feet into a pair of sneakers made by Veja, a French brand. At first...