Army Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine

U.S. 03/22/19, 15:24

PolyMet Mining Corp. has received the final permit it needs to proceed with building Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, the company and the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday.The Corps said it issued the permit late Tuesday. It deals with the steps PolyMet must take to mitigate the project's effects on ...

Michigan Legislature spares most wetlands in lame-duck bill

U.S. 12/21/18, 19:16

An effort to drastically curtail legal protection of Michigan wetlands fell short Friday as the Legislature approved a scaled-down bill that continues to require permits for degrading many bogs, marshes and similar waterways but also makes key concessions to developers.The measure enacted in the waning hours of a frantic lame-duck ...

Minnesota OKs final major state permits for PolyMet mine

Enviroment 12/20/18, 15:22

State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending.The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced its approval of the air and water quality permits for the project and ...

Landmark protections falling for air, land, and soon, water

Politics 12/07/18, 17:18

One after another, landmark U.S. protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as his agency leaders move past early fumbles and scandals to start delivering on a succession of promised environmental rollbacks.On Thursday, the Interior Department proposed easing rules on oil and gas ...

Argentina’s newest national park protects vital wetlands

America 11/09/18, 01:16

Just an hour's drive from one of South America's most populous cities, a sprawling wetland of bright green marshes and dark lagoons stretches far into the horizon.In this Oct. 18, 2018 photo, park rangers Agustin Mezzabotta, right, and Gonzalo Alves walk at "Ciervo de los Pantanos" National Park near Buenos ...

Texas uses $100M from 2010 oil spill settlement for coast

Texas 10/17/18, 07:24

Officials say more than $100 million from a settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been spent on restoring Texas coastal habitat.The Houston Chronicle reports details were announced Monday night during a public meeting in Galveston. Trustees of the Texas Implementation Group offered ...

Magical film figures lure youth to explore Peruvian wetland

World 10/03/18, 00:10

The Huasao wetland in the heart of the bygone Incan Empire languished for years as a wasteland that locals used as their dump. Cleaned up and given a second life, it's now attracting droves of tourists lured by magical figures plucked straight from Hollywood movies.Towering statues of Ents — trees ...

In South Africa, endangered frogs get another chance

Africa 10/02/18, 04:45

Conservationists are monitoring some 200 endangered frogs that were released along South Africa's coastline after a captive-breeding program at the Johannesburg Zoo.The release last month of the Pickersgill's reed frogs happened in KwaZulu-Natal province, where the species' wetland habitat along the Indian Ocean coast has come under severe pressure from ...

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