Latest Biodiversity News

K-State researchers get $1M to improve wheat diversity

Jun. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University wheat geneticist will get nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research designed to improve the genetic diversity of wheat. The Hutchinson News reports the research will focus on studying and cultivating a genetic species of wheat...

Big fish are getting bigger in Pittsburgh’s rivers

Jun. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — While speeding over the bridges that cross the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, have you ever peeked over the railing and wondered what’s down there? Just a few decades ago, the rivers ran orange and smelled like rotten eggs. Only the most pollution-tolerant wildlife could...

State commission rejects petition to limit killing of wolves

Jun. 26, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A petition that called for new rules to limit when the state can kill endangered wolves that prey on livestock was rejected Friday by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The petition was filed in May by four conservation groups who sought to prevent conflicts that have led to...

Nevada groundwater order could help save endangered fish

Jun. 19, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say Nevada's unprecedented interpretation of state water laws to restrict groundwater pumping for development in the desert northeast of Las Vegas could help prevent the extinction of a tiny endangered fish. The order that the state engineer issued this week in a...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video call on dealing with the aftermath of a fuel spill in the Arctic at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 19, 2020. A power plant in Norilsk leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region last month, fouling waterways in the area. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin orders officials to fully clean Arctic fuel spill area

Jun. 19, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his government Friday to fully repair environmental damage from a massive fuel leak in the Arctic. A power plant in the Siberian city of Norilsk leaked 20,000 tons of diesel fuel into the ecologically fragile region, the worst such accident in decades....

Enviros sue to stop Trump changes to Atlantic Ocean monument

Jun. 17, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups has sued to stop the Trump administration from rolling back Obama-era conservation measures in the Atlantic Ocean. The groups filed their lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday in an effort to protect Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National...

US delays repairs for Idaho road in grizzly bear habitat

Jun. 10, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials will delay the repair of an impassable northern Idaho road in important grizzly bear habitat near the Canadian border because of a lawsuit filed by environmentalists, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Work to reopen about 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the dirt...

Wildlife managers use pup fostering to boost wolf genetics

May. 29, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A record number of captive-born wolf pups has been placed into the wild as part of an effort by federal and state wildlife managers to boost the genetic diversity among Mexican gray wolves in the Southwestern United States. The interagency team announced the results of this...

FILE - This March 2, 2019, file photo, shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrolling on the US side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Army Corp of Engineers also said there was no set date to start or complete construction, which will take place near Nogales, Arizona and Sasabe, Arizona. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota confirmed the $1.3 billion contract for building...

A lorry drives along a country road that between a flowering rape field and a freshly tilled field in Pattensen, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

EU wants to reduce pesticides use, promotes organic farming

May. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday to protect biodiversity across the 27-nation bloc while building a more sustainable food system, insisting on the need to both reduce the use of pesticides and promote organic farming. In line with its ambition of cutting greenhouse gas...