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Australia pledges $704 million to save Great Barrier Reef

Jan. 28, 2022 03:11 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Friday pledged to spend another 1 billion Australian dollars ($704 million) over nine years on improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef after stalling a UNESCO decision on downgrading the natural wonder’s World Heritage status. ...

Federal judge throws out oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico

Jan. 27, 2022 21:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has rejected a plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling, saying the Biden administration did not adequately take into account the lease sale's effect on planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, violating a bedrock...

Kerry warns governments falling short on climate efforts

Jan. 27, 2022 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top diplomats of the United States and the world's other worst climate-polluting nations talked global warming together Thursday for the first time since November's U.N. summit, with U.S. climate envoy John Kerry urging tougher commitments by the end of the year from governments...

Mexican town protects forest from avocado growers, cartels

Jan. 27, 2022 16:08 PM EST

CHERAN, Mexico (AP) — Regular citizens have taken the fight against illegal logging into their own hands in the pine-covered mountains of western Mexico, where loggers clear entire hillsides for avocado plantations that drain local water supplies and draw drug cartels hungry for extortion money. ...

Resident charged with killing bear after hunting season ends

Jan. 27, 2022 15:48 PM EST

ASHBURNHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts resident has been charged with illegally killing a mother black bear with a bow and arrow after hunting season ended. Massachusetts Environmental Police said in a Facebook post Wednesday that the killing happened in late 2021 in Ashburnham...

World's oldest male gorilla dies at Atlanta zoo at age of 61

Jan. 27, 2022 12:37 PM EST

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — The world's oldest male gorilla, named Ozzie, was found dead by his care team at the Atlanta zoo Tuesday, zoo officials announced. Ozzie was 61. The cause of the gorilla's death was not immediately known, though Ozzie began showing signs of low appetite last...

Environmental justice groups sue over incinerator pollution

Jan. 27, 2022 10:52 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Community groups in New Jersey and California are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to force trash incinerators across the country — many of them in predominantly minority communities — to emit less pollution into the air. One of the...

Group warns of potential catastrophe on old tanker off Yemen

Jan. 27, 2022 10:40 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A leading environmental group warned Thursday of a potential major oil leak or explosion on an aging oil tanker moored off of Yemen's Red Sea coast. The neglected vessel is loaded with more than a million barrels of crude oil. Greenpeace released a report listing the...

Japan's Mitsubishi, energy body join Gates' nuclear project

Jan. 27, 2022 08:52 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency have signed an agreement to participate in a next-generation nuclear energy project with TerraPower, a company started by Bill Gates. The memorandum of understanding signed Wednesday calls for cooperation...

Thailand deploys more assets as oil slick threatens beaches

Jan. 27, 2022 07:58 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An aircraft from a company specializing in recoveries from oil spills arrived Thursday from Malaysia to join an urgent effort to clean up an oil slick before it could hit beaches in eastern Thailand, officials said. The C-130 joined other planes, ships and a...