- Weather purges San Francisco Bay Area lakes of toxic algae Updated: Feb-10-16 10:45 am
OAKLAND, California - Heavy rain and a cold El NiÃ±o winter have purged three East Bay swim lakes of toxic algae that flourished in the drought last year and led to swim bans, lost lifeguard jobs and changed vacation plans.
- Lab seeks donations to help restore trees damaged by fungus Updated: Feb-10-16 9:12 am
HILO, Hawaii - A University of Hawaii conservation laboratory has set up an online crowdfunding page to help deal with a fungus that has infected hundreds of thousands of Hawaii's most important trees.
- Tree-killing pest found in Iowa City; bug now in 30 counties Updated: Feb-09-16 1:20 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - State officials say an invasive insect that kills ash trees has been confirmed in Iowa City.
- Attorneys file brief in flower shop owner's appeal Updated: Feb-09-16 12:57 pm
RICHLAND, Washington - Attorneys for a Richland flower shop owner who lost a lawsuit over her refusal to provide services for a same-sex wedding have filed a brief with the state Supreme Court.
- Foul-smelling 'corpse flower' blooms at U of Minnesota Updated: Feb-08-16 8:42 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A pungent plant known as a "corpse flower" is blooming at the University of Minnesota.
- Arborist says root rot contributed to fatal tree fall Updated: Feb-08-16 12:59 pm
TACOMA, Washington - A California arborist says the tree that fell and killed a Washington state man over the summer had root rot disease, making it more likely to fall in high winds.
- California to remove dead trees in Sierra for fire safety Updated: Feb-08-16 8:22 am
FRESNO, California - Money from a fire prevention fee paid by some California residents will be used to remove dead or dying trees.
- Lake Champlain fish to be tested for pollution toxins Updated: Feb-07-16 10:50 am
BURLINGTON, Vermont - The Lake Champlain Basin Program plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury and toxins produced by cyanobacteria - commonly known as blue-green algae.
- Controversy grows around historic tree in gated community Updated: Feb-06-16 9:50 am
NORTH CANTON, Ohio - A northeast Ohio man who has proudly brought guests to see what's considered the world's oldest cucumber magnolia tree has become the target of criticism from residents who don't want him bringing people inside their gated community.
- Scientists identify causes in mass Long Island fish kills Updated: Feb-06-16 9:10 am
ALBANY, New York - Scientists have identified causes of large fish kills in Long Island's Peconic River last summer, where roughly 300,000 adult Atlantic Menhaden died.
- Grants tree removal decreases transient camps, trash dumping Updated: Feb-05-16 12:33 pm
GRANTS, New Mexico - Officials say an ongoing tree removal project in the northwestern New Mexico city of Grants has cut down on illegal trash dumping and transient camps.
- Volunteers work to rebuild forest damaged in 2012 fire Updated: Feb-05-16 7:33 am
LIHUE, Hawaii - A group of volunteers is helping to restore the Hikimoe Ridge, three years after the forest was damaged in a fire that burned several thousand acres on Kauai.
- Thousands of trees to be given away Friday Updated: Feb-05-16 6:32 am
VICKSBURG, Mississippi - Mississippi's Arbor Day isn't until Feb. 12, but the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District is giving folks the opportunity to get a head start on the celebration.
- Traverse City students' algae project to be sent into space Updated: Feb-04-16 8:35 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - An experiment developed by students at a Traverse City high school and contained in a tube roughly the size of a pencil will be sent into space.
- Winter thaw triggers sap run in maple country Updated: Feb-04-16 4:18 pm
WEST TOPSHAM, Vermont - A winter thaw in the Northeast has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the syrup season for some producers in parts of New England who have already decided to tap their trees.
- Mexican court rules against development in Cancun mangrove Updated: Feb-04-16 3:56 pm
MEXICO CITY - A Mexican court has issued an injunction blocking further work on a real estate project in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun that activists say has almost killed a mangrove swamp at the site.
- Some Texans worry about expanding sewage treatment plant Updated: Feb-04-16 3:28 pm
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas - From his rolling Hill Country spread, Wes Pitts can watch changes in gray-green Onion Creek as it riffles by.
- Man killed in San Jose when tree falls on him at park Updated: Feb-02-16 10:01 am
SAN JOSE, California - A man was killed when a 70-foot tall eucalyptus tree fell on him at a park in San Jose.
- UMaine scientists eye performance of Maine trees in lumber Updated: Feb-02-16 4:20 am
ORONO, Maine - Scientists and engineers at the University of Maine are evaluating the performance of Maine trees in a kind of lumber that is used to build homes in Canada and Europe.
- Snedeker winds up a winner at Torrey Pines Updated: Feb-01-16 6:36 pm
SAN DIEGO - With his glove tucked in his back pocket and a putter in his hand, Brandt Snedeker walked off the green pumping his arms to celebrate a six-shot comeback to win the Farmers Insurance Open. That was the only part of his victory that looked normal.
- Kansas court ponders greenhouse gas limits for coal plant Updated: Jan-28-16 3:52 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Supreme Court considered Thursday whether the state can avoid limiting greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant despite the federal government's efforts to combat climate change.
- Turn Louisiana's boudin sausage into drive-worthy experience Updated: Jan-27-16 10:58 am
SCOTT, Louisiana - Want a true taste of the real Louisiana? You'll want to get behind the wheel and head out of New Orleans and off into the cypress swamps and rice paddies of Cajun country. Because that's where you'll find scores of mom-and-pop meat shops and convenience stores preserving a hundreds-year-old tradition of some very special sausages known as boudin. And you'll be glad you did.
- Wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades Updated: Jan-26-16 5:49 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years, public land experts, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists say.
- Drought, algae bloom blamed for fish deaths in Nevada Updated: Jan-25-16 8:37 pm
LOVELOCK, Nevada - A drought-fueled algae explosion may have killed off all the fish in Rye Patch Reservoir, and state wildlife officials say it could take years to rebuild the popular northern Nevada fishery known for its trophy-sized walleye and giant catfish.
- Lawmakers seek disaster status for halted California crabs Updated: Jan-25-16 6:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Lawmakers from coastal California are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a federal disaster for the halted crab season.