Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Pork slaughter rules give companies more food safety tasks

Sep. 17, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government finalized a new rule for most U.S. pork processing plants Tuesday that allows meatpackers to remove limits on the speed of production lines and place more animal inspection and food safety tasks with company employees. The first significant processing rule...

Dead endangered whale found south of Long Island

Sep. 17, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Federal ocean officials say a whale found dead south of Long Island is a member of a declining, endangered species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it received reports of a dead North Atlantic right whale floating four miles south of Fire Island Inlet off Long...

Groups 'skeptical' of Savannah harbor oxygen injector test

Sep. 15, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Conservation groups "remain skeptical" that machines injecting oxygen into the Savannah harbor will offset threats to fish caused by deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, but they won't return to court to fight the $973 million project, according to the...

California governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday he will buck Democratic legislative leaders by vetoing legislation aimed at stopping the Trump administration from weakening oversight of longstanding federal environmental laws in California. His announcement came less than a day...

The Latest: Governor plans to veto environmental rules bill

Sep. 14, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a bill by Democratic lawmakers that aims to stop the Trump administration from weakening environmental laws. (all times local): 5:50 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will veto a bill by Democratic lawmakers that aims to stop the Trump administration from...

Agreement means feds to decide on prairie bird designation

Sep. 13, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement that will require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a recommendation by May 2021 whether the lesser prairie chicken should be federally protected as a threatened or endangered species. The agreement was reached Thursday between the federal...

Recovered fish to be removed from endangered species list

Sep. 12, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a diminutive fish species native to only one spring in Eastern Oregon is set to be removed from the federal list of endangered species. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Foskett speckled dace's recovery is one of several fish species that have seen comebacks in recent...

Scientists succeed in creating northern white rhino embryos

Sep. 11, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

CREMONA, Italy (AP) — Scientists announced Wednesday they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino as part of an international effort to save the species, which is down to just two animals worldwide, both of them female. The embryos, created in the lab with eggs taken...

Pope denounces exploitation of Madagascar's unique resources

Sep. 7, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its people in...

Rare WV clover, thought extinct, could leave endangered list

Sep. 7, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Back in 1983, on his second day on the job as a botanist with the West Virginia Nature Conservancy, Rodney Bartgis made an improbable discovery at a site along the New River in Fayette County: a running buffalo clover, a plant believed extinct for more than 40 years. Four years...