Activists report probable dead vaquita porpoise in Mexico

Enviroment 03/14/19, 14:05

The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd says it found the badly decomposed body of what appeared to be a vaquita porpoise, one of perhaps only 10 that remain in the world.The group said Thursday the remains were too badly decomposed for immediate identification, but had been turned over to authorities for ...

Moving day: Bear family living in highway median relocated

Amazing 03/14/19, 12:08

A portion of a Massachusetts highway was shut down while state wildlife officials moved a family of bears that had set up a den in the median. State police shut down a stretch of Route 2 in Templeton on Thursday morning while state environmental police tranquilized the mother bear and relocated ...

French leader, others urge speed in climate change fight

Africa 03/14/19, 09:12

France's president and others made passionate calls on Thursday to speed up the fight against climate change, telling a United Nations environmental summit that impatience is growing among those who will inherit the battle. "Our youth tell us, 'You are not moving fast enough.' They have reason to be impatient because ...

French government faces legal challenge for climate action

Europe 03/14/19, 08:01

Four activist groups have launched legal action to try to take the French state to court for not doing enough to fight climate change.Greenpeace, Oxfam and two French environmental groups hope for an eventual court ruling requiring France to further lower carbon emissions, citing a similar, successful effort in the ...

EPA sets long-term goals for Colorado mining Superfund site

Enviroment 03/13/19, 20:03

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three long-term goals Wednesday for cleaning up the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwestern Colorado.The goals call for improving water quality in four sections of rivers and streams, stabilizing mine waste piles to keep more pollutants from leaching into waterways and preventing ...

Fiat Chrysler recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles on emissions

Enviroment 03/13/19, 13:12

Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the U.S. because they don't meet the country's emission standards.The Environmental Protection Agency says that the recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations it performed and in-use testing conducted by Fiat Chrysler as required by EPA regulations.The vehicles involved in the ...

UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless

U.S. 03/13/19, 05:03

Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says.Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are making ...

EPA pledges $16M per year for Tar Creek Superfund cleanup

Enviroment 03/12/19, 11:04

The Environmental Protection Agency has pledged more than $16 million annually for the continued cleanup of toxic mine waste at the heavily polluted Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma.Superfund is a law that gives the EPA funding and authority to clean up contaminated sites. Tar Creek, in Ottawa County, ...

New Mexico: Military needs to do more to clean up jet fuel

Science 03/11/19, 17:13

The U.S. Air Force has excavated thousands of tons of soil and treated millions of gallons of water contaminated by jet fuel at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city, but state regulators say the military still has more cleanup to do.The New Mexico environment department, which monitors the cleanup's ...

Companies decry ‘valve turners’ who shut down pipelines

Enviroment 03/09/19, 10:33

An idea developed by indigenous peoples and environmentalists in Canada to protest an oil pipeline in 2015 has been embraced recently by climate change activists in the U.S.They call themselves valve turners, because they break onto private pipeline property and turn above-ground emergency shut-off valves to protest fossil fuels. They're ...

Chemical research clearinghouse was big data before big data

Business 03/09/19, 10:03

Before there was Google, Amazon or even an internet, there was big data in what may seem an unlikely place: a chemical research clearinghouse in the heart of the American Midwest.For more than a century, Chemical Abstracts Service in Columbus has been gathering and summarizing chemical research breakthroughs from around ...

Public advocate: Maine would benefit from new power line

Enviroment 03/07/19, 14:21

The public advocate says a proposed 145-mile (230-kilometer) transmission line across western Maine is "in the best interest" of electricity customers thanks to incentives negotiated with Central Maine Power.Barry Hobbins told state utility regulators Thursday that the package provides a direct benefit to Mainers.But the National Resources Council of Maine ...

Tiny Israeli sect protests Jerusalem cable car plan

Enviroment 03/07/19, 01:18

A tiny religious sect is emerging as a major impediment for a controversial plan to connect modern Jerusalem and its historic Old City with a cable car network.Other objections — from Palestinian residents, environmentalists, urban planners and archaeologists — have so far been unable to halt the project. But the ...

Lawmakers: High costs slowing action on contaminant

Politics 03/06/19, 13:14

The Pentagon says it would cost $2 billion to clean up a toxic class of chemicals released at more than 400 bases. The estimate was detailed by Defense Department official Maureen Sullivan at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing Wednesday. The chemicals, called PFAS, are contaminating drinking water supplies around the country. The ...

Colorado lawmakers start on contentious oil, gas overhaul

Enviroment 03/05/19, 18:27

Colorado's Democratic-controlled Legislature took the first step Tuesday toward an overhaul of state oil and gas regulations, pushing ahead despite objections from Republicans and industry representatives who say the changes are being rushed.The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee held the first hearing on a bill that would dramatically shift the ...

Maryland Senate OKs ban on foam for food, drink containers

U.S. 03/05/19, 14:36

Maryland's Senate voted Tuesday to make the state the first in the nation to ban foam containers for food and drink to fight pollution.The Senate voted 34-13 for the measure, which now goes to the House of Delegates.Sen. Cheryl Kagan, a Democrat who's sponsoring the bill, says more than half ...

Florida Gov. DeSantis to lawmakers: Be bold on big issues

U.S. 03/05/19, 13:50

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave an anti-tax, pro-environment State of the State address Tuesday, asking lawmakers to be bold as they tackle issues like education, school safety and health care.It was as much a recap of his whirlwind first two months in office as it was a blueprint for ...

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Enviroment 03/05/19, 07:22

Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport.The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hong Kong, Customs ...

Indonesia court allows dam in orangutan habitat to proceed

Science 03/04/19, 19:32

Environmentalists lost a court challenge Monday to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species.The state administrative court in North Sumatra's capital, Medan, ruled that construction can continue despite critics of the 510-megawatt hydro dam providing evidence that its environmental ...

Walz sets goal: 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050

Enviroment 03/04/19, 18:55

Gov. Tim Walz set an ambitious goal Monday for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050, though his plan was short on specifics of how to meet that target.Walz said his clean energy proposals would put Minnesota at the forefront of addressing climate change ...

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