Agriculture and the environment

A monarch butterfly perches on milkweed at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md., Friday, May 31, 2019. Farming and other human development have eradicated state-size swaths of its native milkweed habitat, cutting the butterfly's numbers by 90% over the last two decades. It is now under considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 13, 2019 - 7:10 pm
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and...
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In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019 photo Northern Arizona University researcher Matt Johnson looks for tamarisk beetles along the Verde River in Clarkdale, Ariz. The beetles were brought to the U.S. from Asia to devour invasive tamarisk, or salt cedar, trees. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)
July 26, 2019 - 8:16 pm
CLARKDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Johnson treks along an Arizona riverbank and picks out a patch of yellow-tinged tamarisks. He sweeps a cloth net across the trees, hoping to scoop up beetles that munch on their evergreen-like leaves. He counts spiders, ants and leafhoppers among the catch and few...
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This image made from a photo trapping system of the Autonomous Province of Trento and made available Wednesday, July 17, 2019 shows a bear, dubbed M49, at 22.54pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 walking in a forest after its escape from an electrified enclosure, in the woods of Marzola, near Trento, northern Italy. The brown bear has eluded capture for a third day Wednesday, while appeals mounted for the animal to stay unharmed. (Autonomous Province of Trento via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 3:16 pm
ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it. It's not clear how the bear got past an electrified fence, then scaled a nearly 4-meter (13-foot...
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Ashley Boudreaux ties sandbags Friday, July 12, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La., ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. Barry could harm the Gulf Coast environment in a number of ways. But scientists say it’s hard to predict how severe the damage will be. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 14, 2019 - 9:58 am
Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...
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In this June 5, 2019, photo, a bee pollinates a milkweed flower at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md. The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 12, 2019 - 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing chemical industry private studies that the agency says show the product is only a lower-level threat to bees and other wildlife. Friday's EPA...
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July 10, 2019 - 2:07 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hunger is growing and the world is not on track to end extreme poverty by 2030 and meet other U.N. goals, mainly because progress is being undermined by the impact of climate change and increasing inequality, a U.N. report said Tuesday. The report on progress toward achieving...
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In this photo taken Monday, June 24, 2019, one of the inhabitants of a futuristic three-storey floating dairy farm moored in Rotterdam harbour, Netherlands. The floating farm has one robot that milks the cows, another that automatically scoops up the manure, and a roof designed to collect rain water, making it a sustainable inner-city producer of dairy foods aimed at feeding the increasing populations within world cities according to the small holding farmer Peter van Wingerden.(AP Photo/Mike Corder)
June 29, 2019 - 1:44 pm
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Peter van Wingerden's dairy farm smells just like any other farm — the rich aroma of cow manure and grass hangs in the air around the unusual stable housing the cattle. The farm itself is far from traditional. Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam's busy port, the farm...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2015 file photo, fire engulfs sagebrush near Roosevelt, Wash. Federal officials have released a plan intended to reduce the size of giant rangeland wildfires that have become an increasing problem in the Great Basin for cattle ranchers, recreationists and some 350 species of wildlife, including imperiled sage grouse. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
June 24, 2019 - 7:18 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released their review on removing or changing vegetation over a huge swath of the U.S. West to stop wildfires on land used for cattle ranching, recreation and habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The work would occur on strips of land up to 165 yards (150...
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June 13, 2019 - 3:46 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions. Minnetonka-based Cargill is a...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Facebook stickers are laid out on a table at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in May that Facebook is building a massive new solar farm in West Texas, a project believed to be one of the largest in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
June 11, 2019 - 1:10 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy. Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced...
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