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Greta Thunberg tells Denver rally: 'We are the change'

Oct. 11, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Young people must be prepared to continue striking to call for action on climate change for a long time and not back down, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told a climate strike rally in Denver on Friday. Thunberg said she and fellow youth activists won't beg those in power to act...

With warming, get used to blackouts to prevent wildfires

Oct. 11, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say. The Golden State already is fire-prone with lots of dry plants and woodlands — but add high winds that can knock down power...

Fishermen live in stain of Venezuela's broken oil industry

Oct. 11, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

CABIMAS, Venezuela (AP) — Nobody lives as closely with the environmental fallout of Venezuela's collapsing oil industry as the fishermen who scratch out an existence on the blackened, sticky shores of Lake Maracaibo. The once prized source of vast wealth has turned into a polluted wasteland, with crude...

UA gets $1M pledge for wildlife conservation programs

Oct. 10, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The University of Arizona is getting $1 million to further its research into international wildlife conservation. The school announced Wednesday that an alum who lives in Tucson but wishes to remain anonymous is behind the financial pledge. Her contribution will go toward training...

Study to assess farm efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff

Oct. 8, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly $2 million in federal funding will go toward a study to look at how farm efforts are working to improve water quality, U.S. Sen. Patrick...

Lion patrol: Learning to share the savannah with big animals

Oct. 8, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

LOIBOR SIRET, Tanzania (AP) — Saitoti Petro scans a dirt road in northern Tanzania for recent signs of the top predator on the African savannah. "If you see a lion," he warns, "stop and look it straight in the eyes — you must never run." Petro points to a fresh track in the dirt, a paw print...

Scientists work to save eagles from lethal toxin in lakes

Oct. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Researchers have been trying to learn more about a plant that has invaded lakes across Georgia and the Southeast, contributing to the deaths of eagles and other birds. The hydrilla has helped to cause the deaths of American bald eagles and thousands of other water birds over the past 25...

Bringing the science of outdoors indoors at The Bishop

Oct. 5, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Stepping into the newly completed Mosaic Backyard Universe is more like stepping off a back porch with a direct view of the solar system and the inner workings of a tree all while digging up fossils, and it was designed to feel just that way. Built for "early learners," children...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 4, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: So-called "climate change" is mostly driven by factors unrelated to...

Owner charged with cruelty over deaths of goats in Warsaw

Oct. 1, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors on Tuesday pressed animal cruelty charges against the owner of a herd of goats, some of whom died on an island in Warsaw. Some 60 goats and sheep from a private farm had been sent to an island on the Vistula River last year to help control its lush grass and...