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Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups...

 

Pest abatement expert aims to protect public from mosquitoes

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — Farmers and residents in Elmore County know him as Mosquito Jim. It's because Jim Torbert has spent the last three years of his career with the county's pest abatement department protecting the people from diseases...

 

Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New...

 

Study: Wyoming deer avoid oil and gas wells

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Mule deer in southwest Wyoming have not adapted to oil and gas wells on their winter range, according to a 17-year study that also documented a 36 percent decline in deer populations exposed to energy development. "The study...

 

New Mexico land commissioner cites fresh water crisis

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top land manager says parts of eastern New Mexico are in crisis mode as the Ogallala Aquifer is depleted. State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn pointed to the lack of alternative sources of fresh water for the...

 

Supreme Court declines to hear arguments in mine spill suit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear arguments on a New Mexico lawsuit against Colorado over a 2015 mine waste spill that polluted rivers in both states and Utah. The nation's high court made the announcement Monday. But the...

 

Alaska Air offers charter flight for solar eclipse viewing

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Alaska Airlines said Monday it will charter a flight over the Pacific Ocean this Aug. 21 so select passengers can view the astronomical event from the sky. The flight will take off at 7:30 a.m. Pacific from Portland, Oregon...

 

EPA sets rules to regulate toxic chemicals under 2016 law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules and other documents Thursday outlining how it will regulate toxic chemicals under a landmark law passed by Congress last year. The rules, issued on the one-year anniversary of t...

 

Norway to Brazil: Curb deforestation or we stop the money

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's prime minister warned Brazil's president on Friday to curb deforestation in the Amazon or Norway will reduce its financial contribution to the project this year. The announcement comes as the Amazon and Atlantic...

 

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet. Seismologists said Wednesday's automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa...

 

Scientists forecast Gulf dead zone the size of New Jersey

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal scientists say this summer could see the third-largest dead zone ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico: a New Jersey-sized area with too little oxygen to support marine life. Over 32 years, those hypoxic zones have...

 

Transformer stamp released by US Postal Service

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has officially unveiled a first-of-its kind stamp that transforms with the touch of a finger and is dedicated to this summer's total solar eclipse. The 49 cent stamp uses temperature-sensitive ink. When...

 

AP-NORC poll: Few favor Trump move to ditch Paris accord

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than one-third of Americans support President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, a new poll shows, and just 18 percent of respondents agree with his claim that pulling out of the international...

 

Florida reef rescuers race to keep pace with climate change

MIAMI (AP) — Ten years ago, when scientists in South Florida began a massive rescue effort to rebuild the nation's only inshore reef, replanting nursery-grown staghorn coral with a gardening technique perfected in the Pacific seemed like an easy...

 

Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line with the head of the Environmental...

 

3-year global coral bleaching event easing, but still bad

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday. About three-quarters of the world's delicate coral reefs were damaged or killed by hot water in what scientists say...

 

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows. Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive...

 

Portugal, a country helplessly prone to forest fires

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — As the temperature began to soar across the Iberian peninsula last week, everyone knew it was only a matter of time before fires started — they've become a summer fixture. But this time they came with a vengeance, one in...

 

Microscopic organisms turn Istanbul's shores turquoise

ISTANBUL (AP) — The waters around Istanbul have turned a striking shade of turquoise. A natural phenomenon called a "phytoplankton bloom" has turned the normally dark waters of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn into an opaque tone of light blue....

 

Southwest US preps for 120 temps: Water, water, more water

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When bracing for 120 degrees, it's all about the water. Drinking it, splashing in it to stay cool, and drinking it some more. A lot more. That's what officials were urging and residents were planning Friday as a potentially...

 

Marshall Islands leader appeals for help on climate change

BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the Marshall Islands is appealing for help to convince U.S. President Donald Trump of the need to fight global warming following his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. President Hilda Heine told...

 

Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's call to review 27 national monuments established by three former presidents put in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering sequoia trees, deep canyons and...

 

California governor named adviser for UN climate conference

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown was named Tuesday as a special envoy to states at the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, further elevating his international profile as a leader on the issue as President Donald...

 

NOAA grant would fund study of tuna, lobster, climate change

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is recommending more than $1.3 million in federal funding for fisheries research projects in Maine. The money would fund five projects. The largest grant of nearly $300,000...

 

US official makes brief appearance at G7 environment summit

BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Top environment officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies met Sunday in Italy amid ongoing differences between the U.S. and other members of the club over how to deal with climate change. Scott Pruitt, head of the...

 

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