- Neighbors turn up the heat on Indonesia over forest fires Updated: Oct-06-15 5:13 am
SINGAPORE - For weeks now, the quality of life in parts of Southeast Asia has been left to sheer chance - the direction of the wind. Every day, it alone determines which city will be shrouded by peaty white smoke blowing from burning forests in Indonesia.
- US, states announce settlement with BP over gulf oil spill Updated: Oct-05-15 10:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of environmental damage claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Rare ferrets find new home on former toxic site in Denver Updated: Oct-05-15 8:55 pm
DENVER - Rare black-footed ferrets chattered angrily before dashing out of pet carriers and ducking into burrows Monday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge - a milestone for the highly endangered animals and for the former toxic waste site on the industrial edge of Denver.
- Desert tortoise no longer candidate for federal protection Updated: Oct-05-15 8:19 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - The Sonoran desert tortoise is not at risk for extinction and will no longer be listed as a candidate for Endangered Species Act protections, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday.
- Feds: Black pinesnake, now only in 2 states, 'threatened' Updated: Oct-05-15 7:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The black pinesnake, a burrowing constrictor found only in pine forests of southern Mississippi and Alabama, is now listed as threatened, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday.
- Court orders EPA to revise ship ballast dumping regulations Updated: Oct-05-15 6:38 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A federal appeals court ordered the government Monday to rewrite its regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, one of the leading culprits in the spread of invasive species across U.S. waterways.
- Plan to limit grazing triggers blowback in southern Utah Updated: Oct-05-15 6:12 pm
ST. GEORGE, Utah - A proposal from the federal government to limit livestock grazing in parts of southern Utah's Washington County is triggering backlash from local officials.
- White Earth Band makes 2nd run at Legacy Amendment money Updated: Oct-05-15 5:39 pm
ZERKEL, Minnesota - The White Earth Band of Ojibwe is making a second run at a $2.2 million grant to protect around 2,000 acres of wetlands and forests in Clearwater County near Lower Rice Lake, an important source of wild rice for the northwestern Minnesota tribe.
- GE finishes dredging dirty sediment from upper Hudson River Updated: Oct-05-15 4:39 pm
ALBANY, New York - General Electric said Monday it has completed its dredging of contaminated sediment from the upper Hudson River six years after a massive $2 billion federal Superfund cleanup began.
- Alaska Editorials Updated: Oct-05-15 12:38 pm
Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:
- Residents along Hamilton Lake debate future of swans Updated: Oct-05-15 8:28 am
HAMILTON, Indiana - The wakeboarders and Jet Skiers of summer have gone.
- State commissions $370K Snake study Updated: Oct-03-15 3:55 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - Wyoming has commissioned a $370,000 study to identify projects that could improve water quality and water usage in the portion of the Upper Snake River watershed in the northwest part of the state.
- Wildlife officials urge caution on Youth Deer Hunt Day Updated: Oct-03-15 12:13 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts wildlife officials are urging people to be extra vigilant during the state's first ever Youth Deer Hunt Day.
- Ohioans make extra cash selling homegrown ginseng Updated: Oct-03-15 11:19 am
RUTLAND, Ohio - To the unpracticed eye, the cluster of green leaves poking up from the forest floor looked like any other plant.
- More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes Updated: Oct-03-15 11:13 am
RUTHERFORD, California - The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California's drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water.
- Michigan: progress made to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie Updated: Oct-03-15 10:56 am
MONROE, Michigan - Efforts in Michigan to cut down on the pollutants feeding algae in Lake Erie have been showing signs of success, state officials say.
- Conservationists rally in South Africa, other countries Updated: Oct-03-15 9:24 am
JOHANNESBURG - A vehicle carrying a rhino sculpture led anti-poaching marchers in Johannesburg on Saturday. Kenya's environment minister joined conservationists at a similar rally in Nairobi, the capital. In London, activists in elephant costumes demanded an end to the ivory trade.
- Electric fence keeps bears from carcass disposal site Updated: Oct-02-15 10:45 pm
JACKSON, Wyoming - Wildlife officials hope a seven-strand electric fence will keep hungry bears from trying to get into the carcass disposal area at a trash transfer station south of Jackson.
- Michigan pledges $1M for filters, steps to help city's water Updated: Oct-02-15 9:56 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A cash-strapped Michigan city that broke away from Detroit's water system to save money last year is now getting at least $1 million from the state for home water filters amid complaints that its new system, which taps a local river, is linked to increased lead levels in children's blood.
- Miners near Lincoln file countersuit against Forest Service Updated: Oct-02-15 5:44 pm
HELENA, Montana - Two Montana miners filed a countersuit seeking a jury trial to determine their rights to claims near Lincoln after the U.S. government sued them for failing to comply with federal regulations.
- Judge says Forest Service violated FOIA in Wolf Creek plan Updated: Oct-02-15 4:26 pm
DENVER - A federal judge has ordered federal officials to go back and search their files after he ruled that the U.S. Forest Service violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to conduct an adequate search and limiting what was disclosed about a proposed development in southwestern Colorado.
- W.Va. officials: social media key in albino deer kill case Updated: Oct-02-15 2:56 pm
MADISON, West Virginia - West Virginia wildlife officials are crediting social media for helping them crack the case of an albino deer that was killed out of season.
- Army agrees to end Holston River pollution by mid-2020 Updated: Oct-02-15 2:50 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The U.S. Army has agreed to a July 2020 deadline for reducing pollution from a Kingsport ammunition plant to safe levels.
- Arkansas foresters raise alert level for wildfires Updated: Oct-02-15 12:52 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Thirty counties in southern and central Arkansas are at a high risk for wildfires through the weekend and beyond, forestry officials said Friday.
- South Dakota ag, wildlife agencies launch habitat initiative Updated: Oct-02-15 12:18 pm
SALEM, South Dakota - State officials have launched a campaign to help South Dakota farmers and ranchers develop and maintain wildlife habitat on their land.