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At G-7, Japan's energy plan is not all that green

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 22:02
TOKYO (AP) — Japan may find itself the odd man out when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents his government's blueprint for combating climate change at this weekend's summit of the world's leading industrialized democracies.

Christie administration sues to halt ocean-blasting research

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 13:07
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie's administration is seeking federal court action to halt research that involves blasting the ocean floor off New Jersey with sound waves.

Southern California city reopens beach after tar cleanup

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:05
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Southern California port city of Long Beach has reopened a 4-mile stretch of beach closed since midweek, when tar balls from an unknown source washed ashore.

Sea lion impaled with spear dies after rescue last week

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 05:20
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A giant sea lion found impaled by a homemade spear last week has died after being rescued and sent to SeaWorld San Diego for treatment.

UN says China to make pledge for climate treaty this month

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 18:56
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' top adviser on climate change says China is expected this month to formally submit its pledge for a global climate treaty that countries are seeking to finalize by December.

Fake orca meant to scare off sea lions runs into trouble

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 14:53
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fake life-sized orca that officials hope will scare sea lions off docks in Oregon has run into a snag its first day on the job.

New fed data shows no stopping or slowing of global warming

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who've claimed that that heating trends have paused.

Los Angeles-area shoreline is latest to close over oily goo

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 08:28
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 4-mile stretch of Los Angeles-area beach was closed Thursday to swimmers and surfers after tar balls washed ashore — the latest coastline to shut down due to the oily goo, authorities said.

Bear cub badly burned in Washington wildfire to be released

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:50
SEATTLE (AP) — A bear cub found badly burned last summer in the largest wildfire in Washington state history has endured long recovery but is now ready to head back to the wild.

Sea lions hurt by chlorine at center waddle back into waves

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:30
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A crowd in Southern California cheered as 14 sea lions injured by chlorine contamination at a rehab center waddled back into the waves.

Wind damages wing of solar plane sidelined in Japan

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 10:09
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — A solar-powered plane forced to land in Japan when it hit bad weather during its trip around the globe has encountered more challenges after wind gusts damaged a wing on the grounded aircraft.

Solar system's weirdest dance scene: The moons around Pluto

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 09:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a chaotic dance going on at the far end of our solar system, involving Pluto and five of its closest friends, a new study finds.

$4 million fire-prevention grant ignites passions in Oakland

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 08:47
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — City officials have accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires.

Giant atom smasher back in business after 2-year upgrade

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 01:40
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have successfully restarted the world's biggest particle collider after a two-year shutdown and upgrade and it's now producing almost double the collision energy of its first run.

2004 Nobel chemistry winner Irwin Rose dies at 88

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:56
DEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Irwin Rose, a biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins — a key for developing new cancer therapies — has died. He was 88.

Noisy debate about storm-protection research off New Jersey

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:42
BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — A plan to help the world's coastal regions protect themselves against killer weather like Superstorm Sandy is pitting a group of scientists against an array of environmentalists and politicians, who fear that it could harm dolphins, turtles and other marine life.

Activists: Decline of elephants in Tanzania is catastrophic

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:57
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A wildlife conservation group says the sharp decline of the elephant population in Tanzania, most likely due to poaching, is catastrophic.

Storage bunkers sealed off at nuclear dump closed by leak

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:48
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers have finished sealing off storage bunkers affected by a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

Feds releasing plan for bull trout conservation in 5 states

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 08:47
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are releasing a plan to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections.

Federal cafeterias to serve meat with fewer antibiotics

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 02:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees.