Thursday, September 8, 2016 6:56 AM PT
By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - Genetic material from the Zika virus has been found in the tears of mice, adding another dimension to the threat posed by the mosquito-borne virus.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     (CN) - The European Court of Justice on Wednesday slapped Greece with an $11 million fine for its ongoing failures to properly handle its hazardous waste. 

By BRITAIN EAKIN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - For the third time, Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday blocked a $1.1 billion bill to fight the Zika virus, accusing Republicans of sabotaging the bill with politically charged riders.

By NICHOLAS FILLMORE 

     HONOLULU (CN) - World Conservation Congress forums wrapped with a focus on ocean conservation over the holiday weekend, as the 1,300-member IUCN Assembly prepares to hammer out resolutions on conservation issues discussed over the last four days.

By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - Scientists may finally know how Earth's life-giving carbon managed to avoid being boiled away or trapped in the planet's core: It arrived through a planetary collision 4.4 billion years ago.

By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - Scientists warn that more than 2.5 billion people - 35 percent of the world's population - are at risk of being infected by the Zika virus.

By NICHOLAS FILLMORE 

     HONOLULU (CN) - World Conservation Congress forums wrapped with a focus on ocean conservation over the holiday weekend, as the 1,300-member IUCN Assembly prepares to hammer out resolutions on conservation issues discussed over the last four days.

By SEAN DUFFY 

     (CN) - The federal government on Friday banned 19 chemicals used in household antibacterial soaps after manufacturers failed to prove their products are safe and effective.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge preliminarily approved a class action settlement in which PepsiCo will monitor levels of a carcinogen in its soft drinks with caramel coloring. 

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BUTTE, Mont. (CN) - Inland Arctic grayling, a freshwater salmon, won't be protected as an endangered species, a federal judge ruled, rebuffing a lawsuit from environmentalists. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - The en banc Third Circuit unanimously revived banana plantation workers' claims that Dole Foods, Chiquita, Dow Chemicals and others knowingly exposed them to a chemical that causes cancer and sterility. 

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Agriculture officials broke the law when they let organic farmers use compost treated with synthetic pesticides, a federal magistrate judge has ruled.

By NICK MCCANN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - The Ninth Circuit refused to intervene Tuesday in the recent water-level shakeup of a lake that feeds the Pacific Northwest's Albeni Falls Dam. 

By KARINA BROWN 

     (CN) - The first update to an Oregon forest management plan in 22 years has reignited debate over the goal of forest management in the Pacific Northwest, once again pitting struggling rural economies against conservation advocates.

By NICK MCCANN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Precision Castparts, one of the nation's worst polluters, poisoned the air in South Portland, Ore., with "hot spots" of carcinogenic heavy metals and toxic chemicals, residents say in a class action.

By KARINA BROWN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Reports that a chemical insecticide was found in legal, organically grown marijuana in Oregon have led to a class action lawsuit - not against growers, but against the insecticide maker.

By DAVID LEE 

     FORT WORTH (CN) - A Texas attorney is demanding one-third of the legal fees from a $51 million natural gas royalty settlement between Chesapeake Energy and 13,000 Texas landowners, claiming he developed the "blueprint for victory" while co-counsel got the public "recognition and spotlight."

By EMMA GANNON 

     DENVER (CN) - Environmentalists have sued the Bureau of Land Management, claiming it illegally approved drilling of 4,198 oil and gas wells on 147,000 acres in the Colorado River Valley, and leasing another 456,100 acres for other projects.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - The Nez Perce Tribe sued the federal government over a "massive" timber project they say endangers fish and elk in the National Forest that bears the tribe's name.

By KARINA BROWN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Efforts to re-establish bull trout in its native Northwest waters have spawned a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Power Administration.

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI 

     OJAI, Calif. (CN) - In granting a permit for oil wells whose emissions will violate air standards, a nonprofit watchdog claims in court, Ventura County also approved "use of a road found to be so dangerous that its use for oil tanker traffic was prohibited in 1983."

By MATT COOPER 

     (CN) - A Texas woman claims in court that her 22-week-old son died because the company in charge of her apartment complex failed to do anything about contamination from a leaking cesspool.

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - Gray wolves and other threatened species are not getting enough protection in a Minnesota national forest, Greens claim in a federal lawsuit.

By MATTHEW RENDA 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A trade organization representing the oil and gas industry in the American West pushed back against new regulations seeking to cut emissions at refineries in the Bay Area.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - BMW electric car drivers with "range anxiety" - the fear that the electric charge will run out - sued the company in a federal class action, claiming that the "range extenders" it sells can cause a car to decelerate suddenly from freeway speed to 15 mph.

By TED WHEELER 

     LINCOLN, Neb. (CN) - Despite Monsanto's claim that its Roundup weed-killer is "safe enough to drink," four Nebraska farmers say the widely used herbicide gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

By JON CHOWN 

     SAN LUIS OBISPO (CN) - Three generations of a family sued a tour business for an off-road collision with a Hummer that left an 8-year-old girl with severe brain and spinal injuries.

By MATTHEW RENDA 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A giant solar power farm on 2,000 acres of grassland in California's Central Valley will threaten the survival of three endangered species, including a fox, environmentalists claim in court.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Humane Society sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for information on the amount and value of imported ivory, furs, and wildlife trophies.

By TIM HULL 

     TUCSON (CN) - A conservative think tank claims in court that local officials had stars in their eyes when they approved a $15 million subsidy for a balloon spaceflight company, touted as a high-tech economic boon for Southern Arizona.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A Nevada solar energy project focused light so intensely it incinerated 115 birds in flight, and though the company says it's fixed the problem, the Department of the Interior refuses to release information on it, environmentalists claim in court.

From NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC 

     The Daldykan River in Russia, which flows through the industrial city of Norilsk above the Arctic Circle, changed from its usual blue-green color to bright red over the last couple of days. There is no official scientific report identifying a reason for the change, but two theories have emerged. Read more at National Geographic.

From NPR 

     Most populations of humpback whales no longer need endangered species protections, according to a decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Read more at NPR.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A new workplan to tackle the continuing backlog of endangered and threatened species waiting for listing decisions falls short of what is needed, some environmentalists claim.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it has finalized a new rule to virtually stop all domestic trade in ivory to address unparalleled elephant poaching.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. population segment of northwestern moose may warrant Endangered Species Act protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced after a three month petition review.

By RAMON YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - In a nod to World Turtle Day, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced today new protections for four freshwater turtle species to be published tomorrow.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service has agreed with petitioners that the Taiwanese humpback dolphin may warrant federal protection, according to their 90-day finding.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Food and Drug Administration wants to ban electrical stimulation devices to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior: new devices and those already in use.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A critical habitat designation for northern long-eared bats is "not prudent," Fish and Wildlife says, but environmentalists claim industry pressure is the reason protections were denied.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has finalized its listing of the Tanzanian distinct population segment of African coelacanth as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced awards totaling nearly $5 million to Native American and Alaskan tribes for wildlife conservation projects.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's guidance document for acoustic thresholds for marine mammals, expected a year ago, was delayed again to incorporate the Navy's input.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Of requests for status changes for 29 species, only 16 merit further review, including African elephants, pangolins and bumble bees, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed rule.

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