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EU looks to strengthen ties with Arctic, protect environment

Oct. 13, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union announced plans Wednesday to open a representation in the Arctic and vowed to protect environment in a region the bloc says is of key strategic importance. The 27-nation bloc said it will open a European Commission office in Greenland...

Wyoming race takes distance runners off road in Red Desert

Oct. 09, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Runners trickled across the finish line all afternoon. Windswept, beaming, the triumphant finishers jogged between a pair of wooden barrels marking the end of the race. They collected high-fives and congratulations and meal vouchers and the wooden...

Phoenix, other cities keep growing as climate danger rises

Oct. 07, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The mustard-colored apartments built as public housing more than half a century ago are among the hottest spots in Phoenix, with only a few scrawny trees and metal clothesline poles offering shade in dusty courtyards. The two-story stucco structures in...

Endangered status proposed for Nevada flower at lithium mine

Oct. 01, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials proposed endangered species protections Friday for a desert wildflower known to exist only on a remote Nevada ridge where an Australian company plans a lithium mine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposed rule...

Greenwood fire 80% contained, forest restrictions lifted

Sep. 19, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say they have lifted fire restrictions for the entire Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota after reports over the weekend that the Greenwood Lake blaze was 80% contained. While the region remains historically dry, officials...

Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming whale species

Sep. 14, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian scientists say the fossil of a four-legged prehistoric whale, unearthed over a decade ago in the country's Western Desert, is that of a previously unknown species. The creature, an ancestor of the modern-day whale, is believed to have lived 43 million years ago. ...

Badlands National Park to build new visitor center

Sep. 13, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Badlands National Park in South Dakota will build a new visitor center in the southeast section of the park, the National Park Foundation said Monday. The new visitor center will be located in the Cedar Pass section of the park, where wind and...

Report: Climate change could see 200 million move by 2050

Sep. 13, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hot spots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap, a World Bank report has found. ...

Contaminated site in Montana added to Superfund cleanup list

Sep. 09, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An area of Billings contaminated with dry cleaning chemicals that emit toxic vapors has been added to the federal government's Superfund list of cleanup sites. The move makes the Billings PCE site eligible for federal money for permanent cleanup....

Lake Tahoe resort city OK for now, wildfire fight not over

Sep. 02, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Better weather on Thursday helped the battle against a huge California wildfire threatening communities around Lake Tahoe, but fire commanders warned firefighters to be prepared for ongoing dangers. Strong winds and dry conditions that...