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Discovery of larval Missouri River pallid sturgeon heralded

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:17
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is trumpeting the discovery of two tiny pallid sturgeons in the Missouri River near St. Louis as fresh proof the endangered species that traces its origins to the dinosaur era is reproducing.

Mysterious goo blamed in Bay Area bird deaths; tests planned

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A mysterious sticky substance has been found coating the feathers of about 300 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few days, and wildlife officials blame it for dozens of deaths.

X-rays unlock secrets of ancient scrolls buried by volcano

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:23
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets.

Romanian who claimed he invented world's 1st jetpack dies

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 05:12
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian inventor who claimed he beat the Americans to make the world's first jetpack and went on to design and build dozens of vehicles, calling the modern-day car "a disgrace," has died aged 81.

India counts more wild tigers, credits conservation

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:37
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working, officials said Tuesday.

Solar plane pioneers lay out round-the-world flight plan

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 23:03
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The founders of a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world say their journey will include stops in India, China and the United States after it takes off as early as next month.

Biggest reservoir for Brazil's largest city is running dry

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:07
SAO PAULO (AP) — Halfway through the rainy season, the key reservoir for the hemisphere's largest city holds just 6 percent of its capacity, and experts warned Friday that Sao Paulo authorities must take urgent steps to prevent the worst drought in more than 80 years from drying it out.

Feds: Sampling finds more Asian carp DNA near Lake Michigan

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:53
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal report says genetic markers of Asian carp are still showing up in Chicago-area waterways.

Judge: Dairy pollution threatens Washington valley's water

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:27
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.

Pope on climate change: Man has 'slapped nature in the face'

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:14
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.

Report: Tests of ballast water treatment systems are flawed

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 14:07
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Government-sanctioned tests of equipment designed to cleanse ship ballast water of invasive species are seriously flawed because they don't determine whether the systems will remove microbes that cause gastrointestinal illnesses, scientists said Wednesday.

Study: Sea level rise accelerating more than once thought

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.

Ted Turner ranch aims to aid endangered black-footed ferrets

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 08:43
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A more than half-million-acre ranch that straddles the New Mexico-Colorado border and is owned by media mogul Ted Turner has asked for permission to import endangered black-footed ferrets.

NASA evacuates its side of space station, but finds no leak

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 07:05
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said there was no leak of ammonia coolant and a computer problem likely set off the false alarm.

AP NewsBreak: California unveils strict rules on pesticide

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 06:32
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce.

Farmers in dry California decry water decision favoring fish

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 13:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.

Jewell orders firefighting strategy that protects habitat

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 13:33
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is calling for a new wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of sagebrush country in the intermountain West that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species.

SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 02:25
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has called off its flight to the International Space Station.

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