Environment

Environment

Endangered birds could stop music at Chicago festival

CHICAGO (AP) — Some endangered birds could ground a Chicago beachfront music festival proposed for late August.

Emails: Trump official consulted global warming rejecters

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming, according to his emails.

WIU gets $375,000 to study bobcats

MACOMB (AP) — The federal government is giving Western Illinois University $375,000 to keep researching the state's bobcat population.

Researchers: Bitcoin's carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

BERLIN (AP) — The virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.

19 geese struck, killed in Lake County

MUNDELEIN (AP) — Police say a vehicle struck and killed 19 Canada geese in Lake County.

Mundelein police say they're looking for the driver who fled the scene. The geese were attempting to cross Midlothian Road on Sunday when they were wiped out.

Facebook building massive solar farm in Texas

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.

Mobile home park evacuated due to high water

EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Residents of a mobile home park in southern Illinois have been evacuated due to the high level of the Mississippi River.

An order was issued Monday night in East Cape Girardeau. Electricity was being cut off Tuesday. Members of the Illinois National Guard are building sandbag barriers in the area.

'Code Red' weather alert ditched after meteorologist's criticism

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A popular meteorologist has been absent from local television newscasts since criticizing a corporate weather-alert brand last week, prompting an advertising boycott, social media protests and a complaint from a U.S. senator.

Volunteers try to boost fish population at Illinois lake

SULLIVAN (AP) — Volunteers are helping to build habitats to increase the fish population at an eastern Illinois lake.

The Journal-Gazette & Times Courier reports the Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance has organized events to place structures underwater since 2016. Over 500 have been placed and about 200 more are expected this year.

Dallas crane collapse victim ID'd as 29-year-old woman

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities have identified 29-year-old Kiersten Symone Smith as the woman who was killed when a crane fell on a Dallas apartment building Sunday amid severe thunderstorms that also uprooted mature trees and left thousands without power across the city.

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