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Big effort to better understand bats takes wing in 31 states

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 14:15
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces has been working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat loss and wind energy development.

University of California unveils plan to curb climate change

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 13:35
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reducing the human carbon footprint is a "moral imperative," University of California President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday as she vowed to turn the system's 10 campuses into a living laboratory for solutions that can be scaled up to state, national and global levels.

Spacecraft diving deep into Saturn moon's erupting water jet

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 10:11
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Cassini spacecraft is about to get an icy shower as it orbits Saturn.

400-plus small quakes jolt California city in recent weeks

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 09:52
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says 435 small earthquakes have rattled the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Ramon in the last two weeks.

Tsunami-vulnerable towns grapple with how to save lives

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 09:03
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seismologists say a catastrophe like the earthquake and tsunami that devastated communities in Japan in 2011 is inevitable in the Pacific Northwest, and could happen any time.

An intolerable unimaginable heat forecast for Persian Gulf

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 10:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human body to tolerate, a new study says.

World's Catholic bishops issue appeal to Paris climate talks

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 04:36
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic patriarchs, cardinals and bishops representing five continents have issued a 10-point appeal to climate negotiators in Paris to approve a "transformative" and fair, legally binding agreement that sets global temperature limits and decarbonization goals to save the planet from climate-induced catastrophe.

Crews to begin hunt for leak near sunken barge in Lake Erie

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 10:06
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Coast Guard says contractors will search for the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak coming from a sunken barge found recently in Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canadian border.

Riders round up one of nation's biggest public bison herds

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 15:06
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Riders on horseback are herding bison on Utah's Antelope Island in an annual roundup of one of the country's largest and oldest public herds.

Feds: Californians in flood areas should buy insurance now

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a strong El Nino in place, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Californians in flood prone places to buy insurance before it's too late.

Feds investigate multiple thefts of radioactive items at lab

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 08:09
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say workers have stolen radioactive materials from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico multiple times this year.

Detroit Zoo saves money by breeding its own crickets

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 23:16
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Zoo officials are chirping about a new program they say will make it easier and cheaper to feed their attractions.

Idaho agency finds historic footage of parachuting beavers

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 14:35
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than half a century after a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has uncovered film footage of the quirky wildlife management moment.

Heavy rain in West Texas floats some travel trailers away

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 11:44
DALLAS (AP) — Storms that dumped more than 3 inches of rain in West Texas led to flooding that floated several travel trailers and a double-wide mobile home away from an RV park.

Wasp that kills stink bugs found; could help fruit orchards

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 11:19
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists from Washington State University have discovered a parasitic wasp in the state that kills its host like a scene from the movie "Alien." But the discovery is good news because the wasp kills a type of stink bug that harms fruit orchards.

NASA's New Horizons on new post-Pluto mission

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 10:25
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spacecraft that gave us the first close-up views of Pluto now has a much smaller object in its sights.

Plague spread 3,000 years earlier than 1st thought: 2,800 BC

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 08:59
LONDON (AP) — The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people — a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve.

Biologists fly drone to track health of endangered orcas

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 00:39
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal biologists flying a drone have taken thousands of rich images of endangered Puget Sound orcas showing the whales are in good condition this year and that several appear to be pregnant.

Study: 99 percent probability of Los Angeles-area quake

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 16:40
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A study by NASA and university researchers finds there's a 99.9 percent probability of a magnitude-5 or greater earthquake within three years in an area of greater Los Angeles where a moderate temblor occurred last year.

New species of tortoise in Galapagos claimed

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 15:58
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Scientists say a new species of giant tortoise has been discovered in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador thanks to genetic testing.