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Invasive plants burned at Mono Lake gull nesting grounds

Feb. 18, 2020 10:43 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...

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...

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...

Undated image released Monday Feb. 17, 2020, by Irish Coast Guard showing an abandoned cargo ship the MV Alta, that has washed up on the coast of County Cork, near Ballycotton, southern Ireland.  The MV Alta is believed to have had 10 crew members aboard who were rescued by the US Coast Guard.  Since September 2018, the ship has been drifting with no crew aboard, and it was last seen off the coast of West Africa before being washed up in southern Ireland during Storm Dennis. (Irish Coast Guard via AP)

UK grapples with severe floods, storm death toll rises to 3

Feb. 17, 2020 4:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain issued severe flood warnings Monday, advising of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places. A woman was found dead after being swept away by the floodwaters, the storm's third confirmed victim. To the east, Dennis' gale-force winds also left...

In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a man leaves a supermarket in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan carrying his groceries in a plastic bag. New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1, 2020, implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution. But some worry the state's new regulations include a loophole that could potentially allow stores to phase in plastic bags thick enough to be considered multiuse. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Some worry if New York's coming plastic bag ban is enough

Feb. 17, 2020 3:41 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution, but many of those who support a move away from plastic are worried the new law doesn't go far enough. The law bars many types of...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after watching Asian carp being harvested from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvest method mainly targets bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S. Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, outcompeting many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

Feb. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake, after an experimental roundup that wildlife officials say could be the first of many. The roundup began on Feb. 3, with state and federal fisheries...

Sugarbush to host forum on climate change and snowsports

Feb. 17, 2020 2:04 PM EST

WARREN, Vt. (AP) — Sugarbush Resort is hosting a panel discussion on climate change and other related challenges to the ski and snow sport industries. The free open forum is being held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Gate House Lodge at Lincoln Peak. It's being held in collaboration with the group...

Editorial Roundup:

Feb. 17, 2020 10:01 AM EST

Austin American-Statesman. February 14, 2020 Endorsement: Hegar in Dem primary With Beto O’Rourke passing on a bid for the U.S. Senate, a remarkably strong field of Democrats is vying for the chance to unseat Republican John Cornyn. The top tier of candidates includes MJ Hegar, the former Air Force...

Illinois officials to detail battle plan against gypsy moth

Feb. 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials’ plan to combat infestations of the gypsy moth will be the focus of several upcoming meetings in the northern part of the state. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has planned nine open houses to discuss treatment strategies at infested sites,...