Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

World 11/20/18, 00:25

Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources.In the tropical forest of El Yunque, only two of ...

Finnish president says he briefed Trump on forest monitoring

Europe 11/18/18, 08:05

Finland's president says that he briefed U.S. President Donald Trump amid the California wildfires on how the Nordic country effectively monitors its substantial forest resources with a well-working surveillance system.President Sauli Niinisto said in an interview published Sunday in the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper that he told Trump during their brief meeting ...

Learning guided by Mother Nature

Science 11/07/18, 12:46

A child's curiosity coupled with wilderness is powerful. At Teton Science Schools' forest kindergarten summer program, a bird book, spatula, rope and a few other key ingredients kept children happy and learning without the need for screens. "They don't ask for technology; it's not even really talked about," said Jane Strader, a ...

Hitler in war, Merkel in peace: A train car for history

World 11/07/18, 08:22

Adolf Hitler went in wartime for revenge. Angela Merkel plans a pilgrimage in the name of peace. Two German chancellors, with opposite aims and the same destination: a train car in a French forest.Hitler literally tried to rewrite history in 1940 when the Nazi leader commanded the dining coach to ...

Germans protest expansion of coal mine into ancient forest

Europe 10/27/18, 07:53

Protesters in western Germany are demonstrating against a large strip coal mine that wants to expand into an ancient forest, with some activists occupying a coal excavator at the site.The Hambach mine has become a cause celebre for environmentalists amid plans to clear part of neighboring Hambach Forest to make ...

Court revives claim involving uranium mine near Grand Canyon

U.S. 10/26/18, 17:20

A federal appeals court has revived a challenge to a company's right to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon.An Obama-era decision prohibits new mining claims on roughly 1,562 square miles outside the boundaries of the national park through 2032. But that doesn't keep uranium companies with grandfathered claims from developing ...

Royals Harry and Meghan dedicate forest reserves in Tonga

Entertainment 10/25/18, 23:10

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have dedicated two forest reserves in Tonga as they continue their trip of the South Pacific.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit an exhibition of Tongan handicrafts, mats and tapa cloths at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Prince ...

Wildfire concerns might help reverse decline in timber sales

Business 10/22/18, 03:24

Timber harvests in Montana peaked during the late 1980s and have declined substantially since, a drop attributed in large part to a 70 percent to 80 percent reduction in harvests on national forest lands during the 1990s. That's according to a new study by the Forest Industry Research program at the ...

Update: Hurricane Michael damages $3 billion in timber

Florida 10/19/18, 12:00

The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times local):11:30 a.m.Florida's agriculture commissioner says Hurricane Michael has damaged an estimated $3 billion of timber across nearly 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of forestland in the state's Panhandle.Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a Friday news release that pulp mills, sawmills and other ...

Legacy of Biosphere 2 lives on in singular research space

Science 10/12/18, 02:09

They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive.About 1,500 people were invited and ...

Firefighters battle wildfire in national park west of Lisbon

Europe 10/07/18, 04:10

Over 700 firefighters are battling a forest fire about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital.Portugal's civil protection agency says Sunday the fire that started overnight in a national park has forced the evacuation of 47 people and injured two firefighters. It says the firefighters on the ...

Thousands protest felling German forest to expand coal mine

Europe 10/06/18, 09:30

Thousands of environmentalists are protesting the expansion of a coal mine in western Germany a day after a court blocked the felling of an endangered forest near the site.The mood Saturday at Hambacher Forest near Cologne was celebratory as thousands expressed relief over the court's temporary halt to the clearing ...

Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

Enviroment 10/05/18, 15:42

The U.S. Forest Service is advancing changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration's efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction.The agency on Friday made public draft plans altering rules put in place in ...

1,000 wild horses to be rounded up in Northern California

California 10/05/18, 09:33

The U.S. Forest Service is set to round up 1,000 wild horses and says many of them could be sold to distant slaughterhouses.The roundup is set to begin Tuesday and last through the month. It will target horses from a herd in the Devil's Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory inside ...

German court halts felling of forest for coal mine

Europe 10/05/18, 02:38

A German court blocked the felling of an endangered forest Friday, drawing cheers from environmentalists who had protested against the expansion of a nearby coal mine.The Muenster administrative court issued a temporary halt to the clearing of Hambach Forest, after the BUND environmental group argued it deserves protected status because ...

Man gets 40-60 years in prison for killing, dismembering man

U.S. 10/03/18, 08:58

A man has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for using a chain saw to dismember another man whose body was found — minus the head and hands — in a national forest in western Michigan.Anthony Blamer of Fremont was found guilty in July of second-degree murder ...

Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain

Enviroment 09/24/18, 06:10

At Mozambique's Mount Gorongosa — where farmers are being encouraged to grow coffee in the shade of hardwood trees, both to improve their own lot and to restore the forest — there is a point beyond which visitors are told not to go.The problem: Base camps of Mozambique's main opposition ...

German energy company: saving threatened forest ‘illusion’

Science 09/21/18, 03:39

A German energy executive whose company plans to clear an ancient forest to expand a lignite strip mine says it's an "illusion" to think the woodland can be saved, and halting the project would cost his firm up to 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion).RWE wants to start cutting down half ...

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