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Faeroese govt to review hunt rules after dolphin slaughter

Sep. 16, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Faeroese government said Thursday that it will review the way hunts of Atlantic white-sided dolphins are carried out following the release of gruesome video footage showing the mass killing on Sunday of nearly 1,500 sea mammals. The extent...

Sri Lanka conservationists fight elephant smuggling in court

Sep. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Environmentalists in Sri Lanka are challenging a court order issued earlier this month that would allow the return of 14 illegally captured wild elephants to people accused of buying them from traffickers. Rights groups and lawyers say the...

Permit for oil refinery near national park still active

Sep. 14, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park will keep its construction permit active, even after it has faced delays and received two extensions. North Dakota environmental officials have determined Meridian Energy Group...

Groups push to resume enforcement in Montana mining dispute

Sep. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they plan to sue Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration after it dropped a legal claim against a mining executive over decades of pollution from several mines. Under Gianforte, the Department of Environmental...

Report: 2020 is deadliest year for `environmental defenders’

Sep. 13, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — At least 227 people died last year defending their homes, land and livelihoods from environmental exploitation as the deepening climate crisis increasingly pits economic interests against local communities, according to data compiled by the environmental group Global Witness....

3 contrasting candidates seek chancellery in German election

Sep. 13, 2021 02:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is seeing its first three-way contest for the chancellery, with the environmentalist Greens joining the country's two traditional big parties in fielding a candidate. Chancellor Angela Merkel said nearly three years ago that she wouldn't seek a...

Center-right seeks boost in Bavaria ahead of German election

Sep. 11, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The center-right Union bloc's candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor sought the support Saturday of skeptical Bavarian allies 15 days before Germany's national election, in which polls indicate the party could get its worst result since World War II. ...

Lawsuit: Dam operator is violating Endangered Species Act

Sep. 09, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups contend four Kennebec River dams are violating federal law by harming endangered Atlantic salmon. Brookfield Renewable U.S. is violating the federal Endangered Species Act because an exemption spelling out limits on the death...

US to reevaluate review of Alaska petroleum reserve

Sep. 08, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is expected to reevaluate a Trump-era environmental review that provided a basis for plans to open an additional roughly 6.8 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil and gas leasing. A memo...

Latest draft of New Mexico oil, gas rules stirs tension

Sep. 07, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for the oil and gas industry and the environment are at odds over the latest draft of proposed regulations to tamp down on smog-causing pollution. A New Mexico Environment Department panel will hear the agency’s proposed new rules,...