Endangered sturgeon rediscover habitat key for spawning

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An endangered species of sturgeon has rediscovered long-inaccessible habitat that could be a key to improving the fish's reproduction, University of Maine scientists said.

The shortnose sturgeon, listed endangered for nearly 50 years, has returned to the portion of the Penobscot River that is beyond the former Veazie Dam, a central Maine structure removed in 2013, the scientists said. The sturgeon had not been seen in the area, which is part of one of the largest river systems in northern New England, for more than 100 years, the university said.

Yellowstone park proposes killing 1,000 bison this winter

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter — mostly calves and females — as officials seek to reduce the animals' annual migration into Montana.

Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other federal agencies to decide on the plan.

US, Cuba sign first environmental accord since thaw

HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share as countries separated by just 90 miles (140 kilometers), the first environmental accord since announcing plans to renew diplomatic relations.

"We recognize we all share the same ocean and face the same challenges of understanding, managing, and conserving critical marine resources for future generations," said Kathryn Sullivan, chief of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wild weather on the way, courtesy of strong El Nino

CBS News

The El Nino weather pattern in the Pacific this year – one of the strongest since 1950  – will be bringing more rain than usual to the U.S., CBS News reports.

Concerned about pollution, Coast Guard eyes Bering Sea shipping

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More Arctic sea ice melting each summer from global warming is making it easier for ships to plot routes through the environmentally sensitive Bering Strait.

The rise in traffic is prompting concerns among U.S. Coast Guard officials about the potential dangers of a vessel crashing and leaking oil.

Summit in Philippines sets stage for climate action in Paris

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central Philippines two years ago, flattening entire villages and killing thousands, the country became a poster child for the havoc wrought by global warming and increasingly extreme weather.

French President Francoise Holland traveled early this year to the devastated town of Guiuan, ground zero of the strongest cyclone ever to make landfall, to show the world the damage and appeal for an ambitious deal at global climate change talks in Paris at the end of this month.

Senate Energy hearing on wildfire management

Washington, November 17, 2015, 6:00 am

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to hold a hearing on wildfire management in the past to drive reforms in the system. Government Accountability Office Natural Resources and Environment Director Anne-Marie Fennell to testify.

Study: Glacial melt hurting Antarctic wildlife

The Washington Post

A study published in the journal Science Advances suggests that melting glaciers are bringing extra sediment into Antarctic waters, making it harder for deep-ocean suspension feeders to filter food to survive, The Washington Post reports.

Future uncertain for rare white deer at former weapons site

ROMULUS, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapons depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last century.

The white deer — a genetic quirk that developed naturally on the 7,000-acre, fenced-in expanse — have thrived, even as the depot itself has transitioned from one of the most important Cold War storehouses of bombs and ammunition to a decommissioned relic.

Conservationists sue over dwindling red wolf population

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Conservationists have asked a federal court to intervene after they say wildlife officials failed to prevent the only wild population of red wolves from dwindling.

A lawsuit filed Thursday argues that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it gave landowners permission on two occasions to kill wolves without meeting strict legal requirements. It asks a judge to force the service to stop such incomplete kill approvals and to perform a past-due review of the wolves' endangered status.


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