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This photo taken July 1, 2016 shows a group of first-year honeybee hives in a pasture near Langley, Wash. Chemicals are routinely applied to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds but many are indiscriminate, devastating beneficial insects in the process. Landowners should avoid using pesticides in areas attractive to pollinators and instead use non-toxic methods to get rid of such pests as aphids. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Backyard gardeners can act to help bee populations

Feb. 18, 2020 11:36 AM EST

Chemicals are routinely applied around residential landscapes to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds, but many are indiscriminate and devastate pollinators in the process. Over the past 30-plus years, pollinator populations have crashed worldwide due to a variety of reasons, including pesticide and herbicide...

Petting zoo owner indicted on animal cruelty charges

Feb. 18, 2020 11:19 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a petting zoo where more than 30 pigs were discovered dead and other animals were found sick or injured last summer has been indicted on several animal cruelty charges, authorities said. The counts against Dennis Sugar, 47, of Branchville, were handed up late last month...

Invasive plants burned at Mono Lake gull nesting grounds

Feb. 18, 2020 11:17 AM EST

LEE VINING, Calif. (AP) — Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los...

A man travels by boat through floodwater in Monmouth, Wales, Tuesday Feb. 18, 2020. Britain's Environment Agency issued severe flood warnings Monday, advising of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Storm-swollen rivers surge in UK, severe flood alerts issued

Feb. 18, 2020 10:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Residents in central England and Wales piled up sandbags, readied water pumps and hoped for the best Tuesday as rivers peaked after a weekend storm brought up to 6 inches (150 mm) of rain to an already waterlogged region. Environment agencies in England and Wales on Tuesday declared 8 severe...

Demonstrators hold a caricature of President Donald Trump with a tattered U.S. flag in front of Azadi (Freedom) monument tower during a rally celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at Azadi (Freedom) Street, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Hundreds of thousands across Iran mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid some of the highest tensions with Washington in decades while Iran's president denounces America and urges the crowds to vote in parliamentary elections this month. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Feb. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said...

Poland's miners protest coal imports seen as threat to jobs

Feb. 18, 2020 9:52 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Miners in southern Poland worried that massive coal imports will eliminate their jobs on Tuesday blocked railway tracks on the import route. A few hundred miners with trade union flags in the southern coal mining region town of Slawkow also planted devices on the tracks that looked...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bills fighting water pollution

Feb. 18, 2020 7:31 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The bills contain the recommendations from a water quality task force called by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to...

Norbert Roettgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Roettgen, a former environment minister, on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

German ex-environment minister seeks to lead Merkel's party

Feb. 18, 2020 7:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A former German environment minister on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. Norbert Roettgen, the 54-year-old chairman of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, announced...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Bezos said that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Feb. 17, 2020 9:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect...

Highway 22 closed after tanker crash, diesel spill

Feb. 17, 2020 7:00 PM EST

IDANHA, Ore. (AP) — A stretch of Highway 22 will be closed for much of this week as crews clean up gasoline and diesel fuel that leaked out of a crashed tanker truck near Idanha along the North Santiam River, state transportation authorities said Monday. The highway between Idanha and Santiam Junction is...