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This photo provided by the New York Botanical Garden shows the Native Plant Garden at the NYBG in New York. Sustainability and resilience were important considerations for landscape architect Sheila Brady's design of the garden. Storm water captured on site feeds the central water feature. Black locust, considered invasive in parts of the US, was used to construct the wooden promenade. The regionally native plants provide invaluable food and shelter for native birds and butterflies at risk from climate change and other anthropogenic stresses. (Robert Benson/NYBG via AP)

Landscape architects shift emphasis to the ecosystem

Feb. 19, 2020 7:22 AM EST

Landscape architects are finding themselves on the front lines of the climate change crisis, having to come up with creative ways to adapt and help mitigate problems like rising oceans and extreme weather as they design projects across the country. “The focus on sustainability has been building slowly for...

The Farmers Defense Force flag, right, and Dutch flags, fly in the wind on an intersection blocked by tractors in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Dutch farmers, some driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dutch farmers protest in The Hague against emissions policy

Feb. 19, 2020 6:04 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Angry Dutch farmers converged on The Hague on Wednesday in the latest protest against the government's plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide. As tractors poured into the city, the Dutch military parked large trucks across strategic roads to prevent farmers from driving...

Oregon House GOP members refuse to appear for session

Feb. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Most Republican lawmakers refused to attend a Tuesday night session of the Oregon House of Representatives amid a slowdown over anger at a sweeping bill on climate change. Earlier, Republican lawmakers, who are a minority in the House, insisted that bills coming to the floor be read in...

President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

Trump budget plan calls for $250M for Florida Everglades

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EST

SOUTH BAY, Fla. (AP) — Out here in western Palm Beach County, Lake Okeechobee meets vestiges of theFlorida Everglades and, more significantly, a vast sugar growing area that encompasses hundreds of square miles. Over the years, the Everglades has shrunk into a corner of the state and the sugar region has...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo, India Meissel, a history teacher and past president of the National Council on Social Studies, gestures during her class at Lakewood High School in Suffolk, Va. Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia is defending a recent partnership with the nonprofit educational group Izzit.org, in producing a video presentation from a conservative federal judge on the Constitution. Izzit.org is facing criticism that its materials are ideologically skewed. Meissel said some teachers might use Izzit material and see a need to balance it out with a different perspective. “A good teacher presents both sides,” she said. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Videos used by schools question minimum wage, climate change

Feb. 18, 2020 12:19 PM EST

The federal judge's message to an assembly of social studies students at a Virginia high school seemed straightforward: Courts too often meddle in the affairs of private commerce. The senior appellate judge, Douglas Ginsburg, was talking about the Constitution, telling students how the courts got it wrong by...

This photo taken July 1, 2016 shows a group of first-year honeybee hives in a pasture near Langley, Wash. Chemicals are routinely applied to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds but many are indiscriminate, devastating beneficial insects in the process. Landowners should avoid using pesticides in areas attractive to pollinators and instead use non-toxic methods to get rid of such pests as aphids. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Backyard gardeners can act to help bee populations

Feb. 18, 2020 11:36 AM EST

Chemicals are routinely applied around residential landscapes to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds, but many are indiscriminate and devastate pollinators in the process. Over the past 30-plus years, pollinator populations have crashed worldwide due to a variety of reasons, including pesticide and herbicide...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Bezos said that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Feb. 17, 2020 9:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect...

Highway 22 closed after tanker crash, diesel spill

Feb. 17, 2020 7:00 PM EST

IDANHA, Ore. (AP) — A stretch of Highway 22 will be closed for much of this week as crews clean up gasoline and diesel fuel that leaked out of a crashed tanker truck near Idanha along the North Santiam River, state transportation authorities said Monday. The highway between Idanha and Santiam Junction is...

Undated image released Monday Feb. 17, 2020, by Irish Coast Guard showing an abandoned cargo ship the MV Alta, that has washed up on the coast of County Cork, near Ballycotton, southern Ireland.  The MV Alta is believed to have had 10 crew members aboard who were rescued by the US Coast Guard.  Since September 2018, the ship has been drifting with no crew aboard, and it was last seen off the coast of West Africa before being washed up in southern Ireland during Storm Dennis. (Irish Coast Guard via AP)

UK grapples with severe floods, storm death toll rises to 3

Feb. 17, 2020 4:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain issued severe flood warnings Monday, advising of life-threatening danger after Storm Dennis dumped weeks' worth of rain in some places. A woman was found dead after being swept away by the floodwaters, the storm's third confirmed victim. To the east, Dennis' gale-force winds also left...