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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...

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...

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...

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...

BASF to restore polluted Superfund site in New Jersey

Dec. 05, 2022 15:08 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The German chemical company BASF will restore damaged natural resources at a notorious Superfund site where decades or pollution and illegal dumping caused vast contamination of the environment, New Jersey officials said Monday. The state Department of...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Dec. 05, 2022 07:18 AM EST

Toledo Blade. December 3, 2022. Editorial: EPA smacks down big Ag The state of Ohio should give up, once and for all, trying to have the state Department of Agriculture oversee the permitting of manure discharges from factory farms. It’s too close a relationship,...

2.500 dead seals found on Russia's Caspian coast

Dec. 04, 2022 13:03 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — About 2,500 seals have been found dead on the Caspian Sea coast in southern Russia, officials said Sunday. Authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said it was unclear why the mass die-off happened but that it was likely due to natural causes. ...

Los Angeles City Council votes to ban oil and gas drilling

Dec. 03, 2022 18:40 PM EST

__ The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to ban drilling of new oil and gas wells and phase out existing ones over the next 20 years. The vote comes after more than a decade of complaints from city residents that pollution drifting from wells was...

Chesapeake Bay watershed getting $33.8 million in grants

Dec. 03, 2022 10:46 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay is getting about $33.8 million in conservation grants. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the grants Friday to support the restoration and conservation of the bay watershed. NFWF and U.S. Environmental...