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This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 PM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

This satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows wildfires spreading in the area south of Eden and Twofold Bay, shown in black, in New South Wales state of Australia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

Jan. 12, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a fire near the town of Bodalla in New South Wales state, was...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, a crew with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) battles a brushfire on the hillside in Burbank, Calif. California regulators on Tuesday. Dec.31, 2019 said that they have streamlined the state's permit process to make it faster to approve tree-thinning projects designed to slow massive wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, file)

California eases way for land clearing to prevent wildfires

Dec. 31, 2019 4:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators said Tuesday that they have streamlined the state's permit process to make it faster to approve tree-thinning projects designed to slow massive wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. The state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection...

Forest Service wilderness fee plan gets negative comments

Dec. 30, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A plan that would require purchasing a permit before entering three of Oregon’s most popular wilderness areas has received a largely negative response. The Statesman-Journal reports that more than 13,700 comments were submitted on a proposal to charge $4 to $11 per day to enter...

USDA OKs hemp plans for Louisiana, Ohio, New Jersey

Dec. 27, 2019 4:56 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved industrial hemp licensing plans for Louisiana,Ohio and New Jersey, the department announced Friday. The states are the first to get such approval, though 34 other states have hemp research or pilot projects under a 2014 law. “This is exciting," said Eric...

Dozens of homes damaged by wildfire in hills over Chile city

Dec. 24, 2019 9:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The federal government in Chile declared an alert Tuesday over a wildfire that had damaged dozens of homes on the outskirts of the port city of Valparaiso. News video showed large tongues of flames along the hills overlooking the city. People walked through smoke carrying bags and even...

MT timberland purchaser promises continued public access

Dec. 23, 2019 4:17 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Georgia-based investment group has confirmed it is buying 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers) of timberland in Montana from Weyerhaeuser. An attorney for Southern Pine Plantation told the Flathead Beacon the timberland investment company is buying the land and has no...

FILE - In this June 3, 2019, file photo, Hideaki Kumazawa, left, a former top Japanese government official, leaves a police station in Tokyo. The Tokyo District Court sentenced the former vice minister for the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, to six years in prison for fatally stabbing his socially reclusive son with a kitchen knife. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP, File)

Former Japanese official sentenced for killing reclusive son

Dec. 16, 2019 4:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court sentenced a former senior government official to six years in prison on Monday for fatally stabbing his socially reclusive son with a kitchen knife. The Tokyo District Court found Hideaki Kumazawa, 76, a former vice minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, guilty of...

In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, Reindeer in a temporary corral in Rakten, outside of Jokkmokk, before being transported to winter pastures.  A collaboration between reindeer herders and scientists is attempting to shed light on dramatic weather changes and develop tools to better predict weather events and their impacts.  Unusual weather patterns in Sweden’s arctic region seem to be jeopardising the migrating animals’ traditional grazing grounds, as rainfall during the winter has led to thick layers of snowy ice that block access to food. (AP Photo/Malin Moberg)

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

Dec. 10, 2019 6:17 AM EST

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic. His community herds about 8,000 reindeer year-round, moving them between...

Timber town plans for Oregon's new education tax

Dec. 8, 2019 10:02 AM EST

PHILOMATH, Ore. (AP) — Across Oregon, school districts that have long been underfunded are trying to decide how to spend an influx of money – about $1 billion a year – made possible by a new tax on businesses. That tax takes effect Jan. 1. All the detailed rules of the tax aren’t done...