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Oldest DNA reveals life in Greenland 2 million years ago

Dec. 07, 2022 11:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists discovered the oldest known DNA and used it to reveal what life was like 2 million years ago in the northern tip of Greenland. Today, it’s a barren Arctic desert, but back then it was a lush landscape of trees and vegetation with an array of animals, even the now...

Africa forum hails 'circular economy' solutions for climate

Dec. 07, 2022 10:55 AM EST

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Reducing waste while boosting recycling and reuse, known as the ‘circular economy,’ will be vital for halting the loss of nature by meeting growing demand with fewer resources and will make communities more resilient to climate change by encouraging more sustainable...

Extinctions, shrinking habitat spur 'rewilding' in cities

Dec. 07, 2022 10:45 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In a bustling metro area of 4.3 million people, Yale University wildlife biologist Nyeema Harris ventures into isolated thickets to study Detroit's most elusive residents — coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks among them. Harris and colleagues have placed trail...

State files criminal charges against Wisconsin dairy farm

Dec. 07, 2022 09:43 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State prosecutors filed criminal charges against a Kewaunee farmer, agronomist and hauler who allegedly illegally dumped nearly 3 million gallons of excess manure that washed into tributaries of Lake Michigan. All three defendants are charged with felony counts...

Swiss climate activists lament election of oil lobbyist

Dec. 07, 2022 08:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Environmentalists in Switzerland criticized the election Wednesday of a top car and oil industry lobbyist to the country's new government, calling it a “disaster for climate policy.” Lawmakers picked Albert Roesti of the nationalist Swiss People's Party as one of...

UN summit: Don't repeat mistakes on nature, scientists warn

Dec. 07, 2022 05:31 AM EST

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Scientists around the world are warning governments who will be gathering in Montreal this week for the United Nations biodiversity summit to not repeat past mistakes and are urging officials to “avoid trade-offs” between people and conservation needs in a report Monday....

Oil spill smears coast in Venezuelan tourist hotspot

Dec. 06, 2022 13:12 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An oil spill has polluted more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of coastline at the city of Lechería, one of Venezuela's top tourist destinations, the city's mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Manuel Ferreira called it a “catastrophic scene.” ...

Governments gather in Canada in bid to boost biodiversity

Dec. 06, 2022 11:07 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Amid warnings that biodiversity is in freefall, environmental leaders will gather in Montreal to hammer out measures aimed at shoring up the world's land and marine ecosystems and coming up with tens of billions of dollars to fund these conservation efforts. Delegates...

EU agrees deal to ban products which fuel deforestation

Dec. 06, 2022 07:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers and governments reached a deal Tuesday that would ban the import of products which contribute to deforestation around the world. The preliminary agreement, which still needs to be formally adopted by the EU parliament, requires companies to...

Mexico pledges to complete huge elevated train in one year

Dec. 05, 2022 18:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s troubled Maya Train tourist project will now include a 45-mile (72 kilometer) stretch of elevated trackway through the jungle, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday. López Obrador has changed his mind a number of times on his pet...