Major Southern California Oil Spill Fouls Beaches, Kills Wildlife

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — One of the largest oil spills in recent Southern California history fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. At least 126,000 gallons (572,807 liters) of oil spilled into the waters off Orange County, according to a […]

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‘Extreme Numbers’ Of Large Invasive Spiders In Georgia May Be A Good Thing

Georgia residents would be forgiven for being a little creeped out by the thought of copious palm-sized invasive spiders taking up lodging in their state. But scientists say there’s no reason to fear the creatures, which are actually beneficial. Joro spiders are large spiders with bulbous yellow abdomens and thin yellow stripes on their legs. […]

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Rare Flower Found At Site Of Planned Lithium Mine May Get Endangered Status

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials proposed endangered species protections Friday for a desert wildflower known to exist only on a remote Nevada ridge where an Australian company plans a lithium mine. This photo taken in June 2019 in the Silver Peak Range of western Nevada about halfway between Reno and Las Vegas shows […]

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Nutty Squirrel Leaves 42 Gallons Of Nuts In Man’s Chevy Avalanche

A squirrel in Fargo, North Dakota, is really nuts for walnuts ― to the point where it collected 42 gallons of the snack and stored them in a local man’s Chevy Avalanche. Bill Fischer said he came home from a four-day work trip earlier this month and discovered that his truck was filled with black walnuts, […]

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The Budget Bill Could Place A Fee On Methane, And Big Oil Is Lying Like Hell To Stop It

The $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package at the center of a heated congressional debate this week represents a unique opportunity for Democrats to advance ambitious climate policies. Among its provisions is a fee on methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas released from a number of sources, including oil and gas operations. The oil and gas […]

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Tracy Stone-Manning Confirmed As Biden’s Public Lands Chief

Tracy Stone-Manning was confirmed to lead the federal Bureau of Land Management on Thursday following a contentious confirmation process in which Republicans and conservative media labeled her an “eco-terrorist” and “violent extremist” for her connection to a tree-spiking incident in the late-1980s.  Stone-Manning, a senior adviser for conservation policy at the nonprofit National Wildlife Federation […]

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Fat Bear Week Celebrates Alaska’s Most Flab-ulous In A Bruin Bulge-Off

Fat Bear Week pits the brown bears of Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve against each other in a contest to determine the most pleasingly plump. (Check out pics that include some of the radiantly rotund competitors below.) It’s all in fun, of course, to celebrate the beauty and health of the bears, who are […]

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‘Betrayal’: Greta Thunberg Loses It On ‘So-Called’ World Leaders

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg had harsh words for world leaders during a speech at Italy’s Youth4Climate summit this week, saying failed leadership had resulted in 30 years of “empty words and promises” that amounted to a generational “betrayal.”  The 18-year-old spoke at the event Tuesday, which comes just a few weeks before the United Nations […]

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Hurricane Ida Devastation Lingers In Louisiana 1 Month Later

IRONTON, La. (AP) — The land on which Audrey Trufant Salvant’s home sits in the small Louisiana town of Ironton has become an island in a sea of mud and snake-infested marsh grass. Nearby houses are disconnected from their foundations, a refrigerator is lodged sideways in a tree, and dozens of caskets and tombs from […]

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Australian Man’s Hand Is ‘A Bit Sore’ After Attack By Jumping Crocodile

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian wildlife tour operator said he was lucky to escape more serious injury or even death when a crocodile lunged from a river and clamped his hand in its jaws. Sean Dearly was attacked on Monday on the Adelaide River which is renowned for its “jumping crocodiles” — large crocodiles […]

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