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Extinction bites: countries agree to protect sharks and rays

Aug. 25, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark species at risk of extinction, in a move aimed at conserving some of the ocean's most awe-inspiring creatures who have themselves become prey to commercial fishing and the Chinese appetite for shark fin soup. Three proposals covering...

Rhode Island officials ask for input on the state's forests

Aug. 25, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials are asking for the public's input on the state's forests. The Department of Environmental Management says feedback from an online survey will be used to develop strategies to conserve forest landscapes, protect forests from harm and enhance...

Bat protections approved along Indiana 'heavy haul' corridor

Aug. 25, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana development board has approved bat habitat protections along a $34 million road for heavy trucks that's under construction. The River Ridge Development Authority Board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday setting aside about 27 acres (11 hectares) as a...

Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Aug. 25, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying that...

Connecticut seeks bids for 2,000 megawatts of off-shore wind

Aug. 24, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is seeking bids to develop 30% of Connecticut's entire energy load from off-shore wind sources. The agency has officially released its request for proposals. A conference for bidders is planned for Thursday at DEEP's New Britain...

Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out. Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a yellow-flowered shrub that's taking root in New York state parks. She's one of a new breed of detection dog...

Zoo conservation project aims to save endangered frogs

Aug. 24, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ensconced in plastic Tupperware containers full of damp moss for them to burrow in, 36 endangered dusky gopher frogs recently made their way from the Toronto Zoo, where they were born, to the Memphis Zoo, where researchers have been spearheading a program to save the little...

Breweries teaming up for Alabama environmental group

Aug. 24, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Some south Alabama breweries are working on a new beer to benefit a nonprofit environmental group that works to protect the state's coast. Six breweries in Mobile and Baldwin County are teaming up to produce an ale called "Friends in Low Places IPA" as a fundraiser for the Alabama...

Trials show hope for handling manure at Washington dairies

Aug. 24, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's besieged dairies are testing several promising systems for recycling cow manure, turning it into fertilizer and clean water. To do that, engineers are using processes that range from oversize bins of worms to cutting-edge technologies to reduce and reuse the nitrogen and...

Climate change prompts wildlife movement, researchers say

Aug. 24, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Piercing dark eyes gazed at bird enthusiasts and scientists at Paynes Prairie in April. The snail kite, an endangered species native to the Everglades, hadn't been seen as far north as Gainesville for 100 years — until last year, that is. Some research suggests climate...