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Proposed firewood quarantine to keep pests out of state

Oct. 17, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has proposed a quarantine on exterior firewood to help prevent the introduction of unwanted pests and diseases into the state. Under the proposal, firewood shipped into Michigan would...

Celebrities to join Prince William for Earthshot Prize award

Oct. 17, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Celebrities will join Prince William in London on Sunday for the inaugural awards ceremony of his Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental program aiming to find new ideas and technologies around the world to tackle climate change and Earth's most pressing challenges. ...

Ship owner, operator of interest in California oil spill

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has designated the Mediterranean Shipping Company and others as parties of interest in an investigation into a vessel that was determined to be the source of an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California. Coast...

COVID-19 underscores need to diversify Tahoe tourist economy

Oct. 16, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic helped expose the growing vulnerability of Lake Tahoe’s increasingly tourism-dependent economy as housing costs balloon, year-round residency declines and more workers commute from afar or seek jobs elsewhere, a new report says. ...

In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Oct. 16, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way. “That will be...

Bitcoin-mining power plant raises ire of environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

An obstacle to large-scale bitcoin mining is finding enough cheap energy to run the huge, power-gobbling computer arrays that create and transact cryptocurrency. One mining operation in central New York came up with a novel solution that has alarmed environmentalists. It uses its own power...

Prominent Indiana environmentalist leaving leadership post

Oct. 16, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana’s most prominent environmental activists has decided to leave his leadership position. The Hoosier Environmental Council announced earlier this month that Jesse Kharbanda will be stepping down as its executive director after 14 years...

New high-tech buoy coming to Buzzards Bay

Oct. 16, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A high-tech buoy designed to enhance maritime safety is being installed in Buzzards Bay, state environmental officials said. The buoy that measures wave height, wave period, wave direction and surface water temperature every 30 minutes will be placed about...

Biden says he's open to shortening length of new programs

Oct. 16, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden says he would prefer to cut the duration of programs in his big social services and climate change package rather than eliminate some entirely, as Democrats struggle to win support from moderates by trimming what had been a $3.5 trillion proposal....

Biden open to shortening length of programs in spending bill

Oct. 15, 2021 21:39 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday he would prefer to cut the duration of programs in his big social services and climate change package rather than eliminate some entirely, as Democrats struggle to win support from moderates by trimming what had been a $3.5 trillion...