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Database shows Maine has more than 600 kinds of spiders

Oct. 21, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A database published by the Maine Forest Service shows that the state has more than 600 kinds of spiders. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said the state's spider checklist is the result of 14 years of work and collaboration between the state and...

‘Missing piece’ of historic Bay Area land to open to public

Oct. 19, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service has acquired an historic farm in the San Francisco Bay Area that will allow public access to thousands of acres of land crucial to saving wildlife such as the red-legged frog and the golden eagle, according to a newspaper report Monday. Often referred to...

Invasive plant found in southern Maine for first time

Oct. 19, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture authorities are urging nursery owners and land managers to search properties for the presence of an invasive plant that has been found in York County. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said it recently confirmed the first Maine location of...

W.Va. man partakes in program to improve wildlife habitat

Oct. 17, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

IRELAND, W.Va. (AP) — At age 79, John Cobb doesn’t have to spend six to eight hours a day working to improve wildlife habitat. He does, though, because he wants to. Like an ever-growing number of West Virginians, Cobb participates in a program that reimburses private landowners for turning patches...

Morning haze envelops the skyline on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The national capital, one of the world’s most polluted cities, enjoyed a respite from air pollution up until September due to a strict virus lockdown. But now with the onset of winter leading to the dying down of winds and industrial activities resuming and cars back on the roads, the air quality in the city has once again fallen to poor levels. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Smog returns to Indian capital as agriculture fires start

Oct. 16, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital’s air quality levels plunged to “very poor” on Friday and a smoggy haze settled over the city, days after the state government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. The Air Quality Index in New Delhi rose past 270, according to...

Judge continues halt of California's ban on gator products

Oct. 15, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a statement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced plans for a new European Bauhaus project, as the EU announces a major building renovation project seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

EU to tackle methane gases, boost energy efficiency

Oct. 14, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled Wednesday new plans to help slow down global warming, including a strategy to tackle highly polluting methane gas emissions and a plan to renovate millions of old buildings around the 27-nation bloc to make them more energy efficient. The EU’s executive...

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Johnstown, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump makes water demand of farms priority for new office

Oct. 13, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday created what he called a “subcabinet” for federal water issues, with a mandate that includes water-use changes sought by corporate farm interests and oil and gas. An executive order from Trump put Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Environmental Protection...

In this Oct. 7, 2020, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device before being released near Blaine, Wash. Washington state officials say they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking an Asian giant hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the so-called murder hornets. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, that an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into the forest. (Karla Salp/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)

Washington state again fails to live-track murder hornet

Oct. 12, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials said Monday they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on...

A hopper truck rolls down 12000 South, between acres of tart cherry orchards, heading towards the Staker Parson Keigley Quarry in Payson, Utah. Residents and fruit growers living and working in close proximity to multiple sand and gravel quarries on West Mountain are concerned about their air quality and fruit production in this bucolic area near Payson. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Cherry farmers pitted against gravel quarries over dust

Oct. 11, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

PAYSON, Utah (AP) — Ryan Rowley’s orchards occupy a special piece of Utah where elevation, soils and topography collude to create an ideal environment for growing fruit, especially the tart cherries that have long been associated with the family name. But trouble lurks over this high-desert Eden,...