- Alaska-bound, Obama renames America's tallest peak Updated: Aug-31-15 11:03 am
WASHINGTON - Ahead of a historic trip to the Arctic, President Barack Obama erased a former Republican president's name from North America's tallest peak in a move applauded in Alaska and derided more than 3,000 miles away in Ohio. More contentious matters concerning climate change and Arctic drilling awaited.
- W.Va. regulators concerned about buried debris at spill site Updated: Aug-31-15 10:11 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia regulators are concerned that construction debris found buried at the site of a 2014 chemical spill could make it easier for contaminated water to flow deeper into the soil.
- UN climate negotiators work in Bonn on deal to fight warming Updated: Aug-31-15 8:28 am
STOCKHOLM - U.N. climate talks began anew Monday in Germany, three months before world governments are supposed to adopt a landmark deal to fight global warming.
- Utility to clean contaminated site in downtown Springfield Updated: Aug-31-15 8:16 am
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri - Officials are planning a $7.3 million cleanup of a contaminated site in downtown Springfield.
- Death toll rises to 158 in blasts at China's Tianjin port Updated: Aug-31-15 7:37 am
BEIJING - The death toll rose Monday to 158 from massive explosions of chemical warehouses in the Chinese port of Tianjin, where cleanup crews were grappling with cyanide contamination caused by the blasts. About 15 people remain missing, authorities said.
- Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels Updated: Aug-31-15 7:10 am
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border.
- BP money to help pay off fire trucks in Bayou Cane Updated: Aug-31-15 4:28 am
BAYOU CANE, Louisiana - Bayou Cane fire officials say they plan to use the department's share of the oil spill settlement from BP PLC to pay the first installment on their two new fire trucks
- Traverse City exhibit to feature live sea lampreys Updated: Aug-31-15 2:34 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - An exhibit at the Traverse City Visitor Center is offering a close-up look at blood-sucking sea lampreys.
- Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska Updated: Aug-31-15 12:34 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Scientists are "overwhelmingly unified" in concluding that humans are contributing to global climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday night, and the public is slowly getting the full picture.
- State takes new approach to regulate pot farms water use Updated: Aug-30-15 7:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Fish and Wildlife officers have recently joined local narcotics teams in inspecting pot farms that are allegedly draining a half million gallons of water a day from Northern California's Eel River as part of a unique state effort to identify growers willing to work with authorities to monitor water use and environmental effects from marijuana cultivation.
- Kauai utility will test "fence" of light to protect seabirds Updated: Aug-30-15 3:10 pm
HONOLULU - The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is testing a visual "fence" of light to help protect endangered seabirds.
- Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice Updated: Aug-30-15 3:02 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it.
- General Mills sets ambitious goal for greenhouse gas cuts Updated: Aug-30-15 2:02 pm
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minnesota - General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 - not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.
- Ruptured line cause of oil spill in Ritchie County creek Updated: Aug-30-15 1:16 pm
HARRISVILLE, West Virginia - The Department of Environmental Protection says a ruptured oil gathering line caused a spill into a creek in Ritchie County.
- Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuke plant Updated: Aug-30-15 12:01 pm
CHICAGO - The owner of Illinois' 11 nuclear reactors must decide next month whether to close its Quad Cities plant, one of three generating stations Exelon Corp. has said are in danger of closing if lawmakers don't approve a surcharge on electric bills to boost profits.
- Scientists study how rising seas will reshape Georgia coast Updated: Aug-30-15 11:10 am
SAVANNAH, Georgia - Scientists are fine-tuning what they know about rivers and marshes flushed with saltwater by ocean tides so they can better predict how rising sea levels will reshape the Georgia coast over the next century.
- Cost, length of Exxon's cleanup still unclear after deal Updated: Aug-30-15 9:22 am
TRENTON, New Jersey - The $225 million settlement between ExxonMobil and New Jersey reached this week confirms the oil giant must clean up more than 1,500 contaminated properties from gas stations to refineries - but exactly how much they'll spend or how long it'll take remains murky.
- China seizes 620 turtles and tortoises smuggled from Vietnam Updated: Aug-30-15 7:07 am
BEIJING - Chinese border patrol officials seized 620 wild turtles and tortoises - 510 of them considered endangered - that were found alive in a shipment of frozen seafood from Vietnam, state media said Sunday.
- Endangered pallid sturgeon stocked in Missouri River Updated: Aug-30-15 5:05 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Wildlife officials are continuing their efforts to restore the endangered pallid sturgeon to the Missouri River.
- Hoffman Estates taps goat herd for golf course lawn care Updated: Aug-30-15 5:04 am
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois - A suburban Chicago park district is enlisting a herd of several dozen goats to help clear invasive plants from a golf course.
- Darby man sentenced in bear poaching case Updated: Aug-29-15 2:11 pm
HAMILTON, Montana - A 63-year-old Darby man will no longer be able to hunt, fish and trap in Montana after being sentenced in a bear poaching case.
- Golf club owner agrees to pay $100,000 over manure incident Updated: Aug-29-15 2:04 pm
ESCONDIDO, California - The owner of a Southern California golf club, who raised a stink by spreading chicken manure on the course, has agreed to pay $100,000 to air pollution regulators.
- In Alaska, Obama to walk fine line on climate change, energy Updated: Aug-29-15 1:40 pm
WASHINGTON - With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil.
- Algae drives down property values on Lake Champlain Updated: Aug-29-15 12:10 pm
GEORGIA, Vermont - The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won't amount to much of an inheritance.
- Algae in western Lake Erie eats into fishing business Updated: Aug-29-15 11:47 am
OAK HARBOR, Ohio - Thick mats of algae spreading across western Lake Erie in recent weeks appear to be pushing one of the region's most-prized sport fish to flee, forcing some charter boat captains to cancel trips. At least one told out-of-state visitors hoping to catch walleye to stay home for now.