- Probe into California tree fall begins; kids seriously hurt Updated: Jul-29-15 7:47 pm
LOS ANGELES - An investigation began Wednesday into why a 75-year-old, 75-foot-tall pine tree fell on a group of kids from a summer camp at a Southern California children's museum, leaving a young boy and girl hospitalized with serious injuries, officials said.
- US, Cuba researchers collaborate on ghost orchid study Updated: Jul-29-15 1:05 pm
IMMOKALEE, Florida - The diplomatic thaw with Cuba has led to a new collaboration with scientists in that country to study the ghost orchid, one of the world's rarest flowers, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
- Correction: Lake Erie Algae story Updated: Jul-29-15 9:38 am
TOLEDO, Ohio - In a story July 28 about toxins in lakes, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the affiliation of Milt Miller. He is restoration manager for Grand Lake St. Marys, not Lake Erie.
- Mexico to clean seaweed from coast, monitor floating masses Updated: Jul-28-15 9:05 pm
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities say they are working to clean sargassum seaweed from 112 miles (180 kilometers) of the country's Caribbean coast and will try to prevent more from coming ashore.
- Michigan farm, environmental leaders call for algae action Updated: Jul-28-15 6:06 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Agricultural and environmental leaders in Michigan have issued a joint appeal for concerted action to block the toxic algae blooms that shut down drinking water systems in western Lake Erie last summer and that are threatening to return this year.
- Over 600 baby sea turtles get 2nd chance, released in ocean Updated: Jul-28-15 5:16 pm
BOCA RATON, Florida - It was a turtle emancipation.
- Ohio discourages swimming, wading in Grand Lake St. Marys Updated: Jul-28-15 2:04 pm
CELINA, Ohio - The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise.
- Mexico struggles to clean seaweed surge from Cancun beaches Updated: Jul-28-15 9:45 am
MEXICO CITY - Authorities on Mexico's Caribbean coast said Monday they are redoubling efforts to remove tons of sargassum seaweed that has been washing ashore in recent weeks.
- Driver killed when car leaves wet road, hits tree Updated: Jul-27-15 8:32 pm
GEORGETOWN, Delaware - Delaware State Police say a Millsboro man was killed when the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree in Georgetown.
- Putrid-smelling flower attracts large crowds in California Updated: Jul-27-15 2:45 pm
BERKELEY, California - Officials with UC Berkeley's botanical garden say the garden had its busiest day in more than a decade as people flocked to get a whiff of the "corpse flower," a plant known for its pungent odor.
- Tree removal from Nebraska wildlife area to be discussed Updated: Jul-27-15 5:07 am
KEARNEY, Nebraska - A public meeting is scheduled this week to discuss removal of invasive trees from the Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area east of Kearney in south-central Nebraska.
- US Virgin Islands to file violations against rum operations Updated: Jul-26-15 5:29 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The U.S. Virgin Islands' environmental agency plans to file a violation order against two rum producers on St. Croix as residents of several communities complain of a black mold persistently staining their properties, cars and boats.
- UNH researchers track spread of tree invader Updated: Jul-26-15 11:20 am
DURHAM, New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire scientists have tracked the spread of an exotic tree native to Asia that has invaded white pine and other forests in the state.
- Endangered butterfly recovering in some, not all, of range Updated: Jul-26-15 10:53 am
ALBANY, New York - More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.
- River, bay in Connecticut 'sick' from 'nuisance' algae Updated: Jul-25-15 3:06 am
STONINGTON, Connecticut - Wagging their wide tails as Kait Maginel and David Prescott tossed them back overboard, two lobsters that had shared a wire trap overnight with four spider crabs and a whelk had just been enlisted as ambassadors in the cause of cleaning up the lower Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay.
- North Dakota officials warn of green, blue-green scum Updated: Jul-24-15 12:30 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota health officials are warning residents and ranchers to watch out for blue-green scum in livestock water supplies, lakes and other recreational waterways.
- Boston's Jamaica Pond closed due to potentially toxic algae Updated: Jul-23-15 9:34 pm
BOSTON - Health officials say Boston's 68-acre Jamaica Pond has been closed because of algae blooms that can produce toxins and sicken humans and pets.
- NOAA grant to help Washington monitor toxic algae bloom Updated: Jul-23-15 5:59 pm
SEATTLE - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is committing $88,000 to help Washington analyze a massive bloom of toxic algae off the coast that have closed some shellfish harvests.
- Health officials warn of toxic algae in Middletown pond Updated: Jul-23-15 11:04 am
MIDDLETOWN, Rhode Island - Health officials are advising people to avoid a Middletown pond because of toxic algae.
- Tornado mows down trees in Colorado forest Updated: Jul-23-15 10:52 am
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colorado - A tornado barreled through a Colorado campground, mowing down trees over a 6-acre swath of forest.
- Washington's drought making Dutch elm disease worse Updated: Jul-22-15 8:53 pm
SEATTLE - The arborist for the Seattle Department of Transportation says Washington's drought is making Dutch elm disease worse this year.
- Louisiana editorial roundup Updated: Jul-22-15 3:33 pm
Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:
- Lawmakers want programs to curb Great Lakes farm pollution Updated: Jul-21-15 5:51 pm
WILLIS, Michigan - Two members of Congress introduced legislation Tuesday that encourages states in the Great Lakes region to develop voluntary programs aimed at reducing farm pollution that causes harmful algae blooms.
- Volunteers helping to improve conditions at Lake Monroe Updated: Jul-21-15 5:04 am
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Volunteers from statewide fishing groups have helped to plant hundreds of bald cypress trees along the shoreline in the Fairfax State Recreation Area as the first project of many that are planned to help maintain and improve conditions at Lake Monroe.
- Jamaica Pond closed to water activities after algae bloom Updated: Jul-20-15 10:20 pm
BOSTON - Jamaica Pond has been temporarily closed to water activities because of a suspected algae bloom.