Group starts process to sue over Great Lakes pipeline plan

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:55

The National Wildlife Federation is accusing the U.S. Transportation Department  of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways.

Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required "intent to sue" notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.

Lab-raised endangered dragonflies being released in Illinois

Written by The AP Monday, 20 July 2015 03:39

Federally endangered dragonflies that have been raised in a laboratory over the past several years are being released at a forest preserve this week in Illinois, where scientists believe they'll be a good match with the small population still there.

Radioactivity detected in 2 places at Czech nuclear plant

Written by The AP Monday, 06 July 2015 10:53

 An official says low radioactivity has been unexpectedly detected in two places outside one of the two reactors at a Czech nuclear power plant.

Temelin plant spokesman Marek Svitak says the radioactivity was at very low levels.


Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has ruled that citizens injured by earthquakes that were possibly triggered by oil and gas operations can sue for damages.

Obama pledges ban on interstate sales of nearly all ivory

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 27 July 2015 17:42

President Barack Obama is tightening U.S. rules on sales of ivory from African elephants, aiming to show progress on conservation.

Congressional Republicans attack clean air, water and wildlife protections in budget process

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 07:09

Congressional Republicans are waging an all-out assault on U.S. environmental policy, using the budget process to attack regulations and orders intended to protect air, land, water and wild America.

Report: Polar bears in grave danger due to global warming

Written by Mark Thiessen,
AP writer
Saturday, 04 July 2015 05:09

Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, according to a blunt U.S. government report.

Fish and Wildlife denies petition to reclassify gray wolves as 'threatened'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:09

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on June 30 denied a petition from 22 conservation and animal welfare groups to reclassify nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act — a step that would continue federal oversight and funding for wolf recovery and encourage the development of a national recovery plan.

Clinton wants every home powered by renewable source by 2027

Written by The AP Monday, 27 July 2015 11:49

Hillary Rodham Clinton is detailing new energy proposals in Iowa to address climate change. She calls global warming one of the "most urgent threats of our time."

But she's still not taking a position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Wind turbines at center of bat protection rules

Written by By Ron Seely
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 09:36

Bat fatalities from wind turbines are of special concern because white-nose syndrome has already decimated populations across the country. The fungus was discovered among little brown bats in New York, like this one from 2008.
— PHOTO: Al Hicks

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering requests from the wind energy industry to exempt wind turbines in Wisconsin and nationwide from new rules to protect threatened bats, even as a fungal disease has killed millions of the creatures.

Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid

Written by By AUDREY McAVOY,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 18:34

A federal judge this week ruled that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and Hawaii law and invalid.

The county’s ordinance creating the prohibition exceeded the county’s authority, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said in her order.

Why an island in Mille Lacs is vital to the common tern

Written by ANN WESSEL,
St. Cloud Times
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:22

Hennepin Island — a jumble of boulders left by the glaciers and rearranged by shifting lake ice — is remote, wave-ravaged and populated by ring-billed gulls poised for a take-over.