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India successfully launches its first space observatory

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 02:42
NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it has successfully launched its first space observatory and six satellites into orbit.

Amid VW scandal, polluted Paris asks if time to dump diesel

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 10:38
PARIS (AP) — Guidebooks rarely mention it, but Paris is one of the most polluted cities in the rich world. The Eiffel Tower is periodically shrouded in smog, and there's one key culprit: France's disproportionately heavy reliance on diesel fuel.

Brazil pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 05:36
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Brazil has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels as part of its contribution to a pact to fight global warming.

Paris goes car-less for a day in bid to cut pollution

Sat, 09/26/2015 - 22:23
PARIS (AP) — Pretty but noisy Paris, its gracious Old World buildings blackened by exhaust fumes, is going car-less for a day.

Environmentalists ask court to stop Hawaii tuna quota shift

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 18:36
HONOLULU (AP) — Environmentalists on Friday asked a federal judge to stop the National Marine Fisheries Service from allowing Hawaii-based fishermen to attribute some of the bigeye tuna they catch to U.S. territories.

Lawsuits challenge limits on industry that aim to save bird

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 14:03
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Idaho and Nevada and some mining companies sued the federal government over new restrictions on mining, energy development and grazing that are intended to protect a declining bird species across millions of acres of the American West.

Skiing, climbing in warming world: French Alps show dilemma

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 02:28
PARIS (AP) — The Alps are the birthplace of downhill skiing and a crucible attracting mountain climbers from everywhere — and now the French government is trying to help towns at the heart of the lucrative tourism industry adapt to a warming world.

Asian Development Bank doubles climate financing

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 00:38
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Asian Development Bank says it will double its funding to fight climate change to $6 billion by 2020.

California regulators to restore emissions-cutting fuel rule

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 20:38
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are poised to restore a first-in-the-nation climate change program that requires a 10 percent cut in carbon emissions on transportation fuels sold in the state by 2020, despite oil industry objections that it could drive up gas prices.

Dead walruses found on northwest Alaska beach

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 20:14
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Walrus carcasses were found last week on a northwest Alaska beach, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the deaths appear to be natural.

AP Interview: India says reducing poverty is climate justice

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 19:41
NEW DELHI (AP) — India will confirm plans next week for a fivefold increase in renewable energy by 2020, the environment minister said. But it will continue to champion poor countries in their demand that industrialized nations assume the brunt of responsibility for decades of climate-warming emissions.

China plans to launch national cap-and-trade system

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 19:37
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. administration officials say China will announce plans Friday to launch a national system to limit greenhouse gases and force industries to purchase pollution credits.

Study: Global warming, evolution are clipping bees' tongues

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming and evolution are reshaping the bodies of some American bumblebees, a new study finds.

Scientists: Drought stressing California's Giant Sequoias

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 19:31
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Giant Sequoias growing in California's Sierra Nevada are among the largest and oldest living things on earth, but scientists climbing high up into their green canopies say they are seeing symptoms of stress caused by the state's historic drought.

Whales return to Long Island Sound after long hiatus

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:17
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It has been the year of the whale on Long Island Sound, where fishermen and other boaters have reveled in the return of the marine mammals after an apparent two decade-long hiatus.

Supermoon Plus Eclipse Equals Rare Sky Show Sunday Night

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 07:00
Look up Sunday night: Supermoon plus total lunar eclipse equals rare sky show.

Philadelphia hospitals prep for overseas visitors, diseases

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 06:43
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hospitals in Philadelphia are preparing for Pope Francis' visit by bulking up staffing and training doctors and nurses on illnesses that aren't common in the U.S.

Highly endangered Sumatran rhino pregnant with 2nd calf

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:40
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Sumatran rhinoceros is pregnant with her second calf at an Indonesian sanctuary in the original habitat of the highly endangered species.

Sage grouse plan aims for balance between industry, wildlife

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 14:00
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy.

The Latest: Jewell praises cooperation on sage grouse

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 08:48
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The latest on the decision not to list the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered (all times local):