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Shrinking Amazon forests may lose thousands of trees species

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:19
WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its-kind examination of the Amazon's trees found that as many as half the species may be threatened with extinction or heading that way because of massive deforestation. Among the more than 5,000 tree species in deep trouble: the ones that produce Brazil nuts and mahogany.

Judge denies Washington kids' petition on climate change

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 10:14
SEATTLE (AP) — A judge in Washington state has denied an appeal by eight young activists who petitioned the state to adopt stricter science-based regulations to protect them against climate change.

Great Lakes levels expected to stay mostly above average

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 14:45
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Water levels in the Great Lakes should remain mostly above average over the next six months as a powerful El Nino gives the region a break after two bitterly cold winters, but it's unclear whether there will be longer-term effects, federal scientists said Thursday.

Colorado unveils plan to manage water amid drought, demand

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 08:03
DENVER (AP) — The snow that falls on the Colorado mountains melts into trillions of gallons of water every year, and most of it flows downstream to Mexico, California and 17 other states. Colorado will release on Thursday its first-ever plan to cope with increasing competition for that water as the West grows drier.

OECD countries to limit overseas financing for coal plants

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 18:06
TOKYO (AP) — Several major nations, including the United States and Japan, have reached an agreement to limit export financing to build coal power plants overseas.

NIH to retire the last of government-owned research chimps

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 14:14
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Institutes of Health is sending its last remaining research chimpanzees into retirement — as soon as a federal sanctuary has room for them.

French climate march ban draws criticism

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:10
PARIS (AP) — Climate activists have reacted with dismay to the French government's decision to ban two scheduled mass marches across Paris and other French cities during crucial global climate change talks later this month.

Yellowstone park proposes killing 1,000 bison this winter

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:24
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.

Cub remains of extinct cave lions shown in Russia

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:10
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of years after their brief lives ended in the frozen reaches of Siberia, the remarkably well-preserved carcasses of two cave lion cubs have been shown to the public.

Absurdly hot October as Earth sets 8th heat record this year

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 09:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even in a record-breaking hot year for Earth, October stood out as absurdly warm.

US, Cuba to sign first environmental accord since thaw

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 04:13
HAVANA (AP) — The United States and Cuba are set to sign their first accord on environmental protection since announcing plans to re-establish diplomatic relations.

State Supreme Court suspends Hawaii telescope permit

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 23:34
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily suspended a permit that allows a giant telescope to be built on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

State Supreme Court suspends Hawaii telescope permit

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 18:08
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court is temporarily suspending a permit that allows a giant telescope to be built on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred.

Supercooled clouds form stunning ice kingdoms atop mountains

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 12:07
MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — Winter is over a month away, but otherworldly ice kingdoms already have formed atop some New Hampshire mountains.

Climate activists want to march in Paris despite attacks

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:44
PARIS (AP) — Environmental activists said Monday that they want to go ahead with plans to march in Paris before the U.N. climate summit later this month, despite the attacks in the French capital.

Israel unveils Roman-era mosaic found during construction

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 03:28
LOD, Israel (AP) — Israel's antiquities authority has unveiled a 1,700-year-old mosaic floor that archaeologists found last year while building a visitors' center meant to display another mosaic, discovered two decades earlier at the same spot.

Ice sculpture festival suffers from Belgian balmy weather

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:21
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — Ice sculptures really aren't really cut out for this kind of balmy November weather.

Madrid sets parking, speed restrictions to control pollution

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 23:53
MADRID (AP) — Street parking for non-residents has been banned in central Madrid and speed limits reduced on access highways in a bid to reduce pollution levels that have left the city covered with a murky brown cap that can be seen from afar.

AP Exclusive: Colorado disputes key part of EPA mine report

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 22:11
DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials say they didn't endorse an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup operation that caused a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine, disputing a key claim by federal agencies that state experts signed off on the plan.

Crowd gathers at Hanford B Reactor as national park created

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 14:22
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Thursday inside the historic B Reactor on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to mark the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park.