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In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

TEPATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City’s toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this. But rather than welcoming …

Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, scientists with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies say. The Norwich-based environmental research group says other factors …

Mounting frustration in Damascus amid widespread water cuts

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Omar Tarshan had never visited any of Syria’s famous public baths until three weeks ago, when a water shortage in his Damascus neighborhood forced him to look for an alternative place to shower. On Monday night, the 25-year-old accountant came with a colleague, Safwat Hariri, to …

Seeking cash, Zimbabwe sells 35 elephants to China

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said Thursday it has sold 35 elephants to China to ease overpopulation and raise funds for conservation, amid criticism from animal welfare activists that such sales are unethical. This once-prosperous country’s economy has fallen apart, and Zimbabwe’s government has said it needs to …

Cheetah numbers decline as African habitat shrinks

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amid population declines for many wildlife species in Africa, conservationists are sounding alarm bells for the cheetah, the fastest animal on land. An estimated 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild across Africa and in a small area of Iran, and human encroachment has pushed the wide-ranging predator …

Controversial Kenyan railway plan divides conservationists

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A controversial Chinese-designed railway that would go over a beloved protected wildlife park in Kenya’s capital has divided conservationists in this East African country known for its safari tourism. Some are staging protests even as other wildlife experts insist the project is environmentally sound. Nairobi enjoys …