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Bacteria hiding in South Carolina marsh cleans up pollution

Oct. 7, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's pluff mud, the slick, dark muck that will swallow shoes whole, makes up much of the state's coastal marshes. The smell, depending on whom you ask, is either the sweet smell of home or an awful stink. But the mud holds a secret that could help clean up environmental...

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

Oct. 6, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of fear." Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving...

Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe

Oct. 5, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video...

Mia Farrow visits Chad to promote new approach to hunger

Oct. 3, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Groups of women had traveled for days to find care for their starving children in Chad, blankly staring in exhaustion and with little hope. But other women smiled, relieved to see their children “fattened” by a new and simplified initiative for hunger. In an interview...

Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe

Oct. 1, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video...

Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe

Oct. 1, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video...

Ann Arbor boosts funds for nature center pollution cleanup

Sep. 29, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials are conducting more tests and excavating contaminated soil to address pollution that was found on the grounds of a nature center in Ann Arbor. The City Council this month approved a $431,000 contract increase for environmental consultant Tetra Tech to complete remediation...

Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story

Sep. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento. The Central Valley region spans about 400 miles (645 kilometers) from Redding to Bakersfield,...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

Sep. 25, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The machete-wielding men lodge themselves deep inside forests for weeks at a time, felling trees that will be incinerated into pieces of charcoal. Because they often work at night and target seemingly idle public land, they operate with relative impunity while decimating forests in...

AP Explains: A look at Amazon fires as climate worries mount

Sep. 24, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fires that swept parts of the Amazon this year added to global worries about a warming climate, as well as the sense of urgency at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations this week. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has said he wants to convert forests to soybean farms...