Latest Population growth and decline News

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...

Giraffes move closer to endangered species protection

Aug. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations. Thursday's vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for...

DNR board to consider rule closing grouse season early

Aug. 21, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is considering an emergency rule to shorten Wisconsin's ruffed grouse season to protect the population. Drumming activity declined 34% statewide from 2017 to 2018. Hunters took only 173,347 grouse last year, the lowest total in the 35...

Daily ferry service coming to Charleston

Aug. 21, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Population growth and crowded highways have paved the way for a passenger ferry service in the Charleston area that's expected to begin in October. The Daniel Island Ferry is expected to carry up to 49 passengers from a Wando River dock near Children's Park on Daniel Island to the...

Buttiegieg says rural Americans embrace immigrants they know

Aug. 14, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that anti-immigrant sentiment in rural America declines when residents know and appreciate the role of those moving into their communities. It's the thinking behind a provision in a rural economic plan introduced by the...

People, companies forced to save water in parched India city

Aug. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

CHENNAI, India (AP) — For retired Indian civil servant R. Devarajan and his wife, Chennai's acute water shortage has reinforced the wisdom of their decision years ago to install a rainwater harvesting system in the three-story home where they live and rent out units to others. For months, their neighbors...

Farmers use tech to squeeze every drop from Colorado River

Aug. 13, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. After a brief, snaking flight above the field, the drone landed and the...

Sage grouse numbers continue to drop in Idaho

Aug. 12, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's sage grouse population has dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015. It's not yet clear whether the three-year decline is part of a cyclical pattern or indicative of a more serious issue, but the Idaho...

Mining region struggles as it faces loss of biggest employer

Aug. 10, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

METALINE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — Times are tough in a rural county in northeast Washington state because one of the region's biggest employers is shutting down. The Pend Oreille Mine, just north of Metaline Falls, closed on July 31, at a cost of about 200 family wage jobs in an area of less than 1,000...

Officials: Utah prison population growth among fastest in US

Aug. 10, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's prison population has grown faster than most states in the past few years, authorities said. The Utah Sentencing Commission saw a dramatic surge in prison population as new crimes and drug violations led to more convictions, KSL-TV reported . Utah's prison population increased...