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Public has chance to name new moth species

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 08:55
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An auction on eBay allows the public to make a different kind of purchase as they peruse the used clothing, electronics and war relics on the site. Up for sale: naming rights to a new insect.

Feds eye refuges for cold-water species in 5 states

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 06:31
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal scientists using new technologies have mapped what is being called a Cold Water Climate Shield, an area spanning five western states that could support viable populations of native species if the region continues its warming trend.

Last round of UN climate talks before Paris summit

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 00:07
STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.N. climate negotiators will meet Monday for their last session ahead of a major conference in Paris to hammer out the details of what's envisioned to become the most ambitious agreement ever to fight global warming.

Kerry: Climate change, food security key to global stability

Sat, 10/17/2015 - 04:03
MILAN, Italy (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the stability of the world is directly linked to climate change and its impact on food security for billions of people.

Threatened sea duck may be reintroduced in southwest Alaska

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 16:16
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A colorful, threatened sea duck whose numbers plummeted in Alaska may be reintroduced to the southwest corner of the state.

NASA's Scott Kelly breaks US record for most days in space

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 11:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — Waking up hundreds of miles above the Himalayas, astronaut Scott Kelly broke the U.S. record Friday for the most time spent in space with 383 days.

Oil companies pledge support for Paris climate deal

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 02:47
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The chief executives of 10 of the world's biggest oil and gas companies have pledged support for an "effective" deal to fight global warming at a Paris conference next month.

French president in Iceland to see global warming's damage

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 02:46
PARIS (AP) — The French president will take a few steps on an Icelandic glacier to experience firsthand the damage caused by global warming, ahead of major U.N. talks on climate change in Paris this year.

Alaska OKs hunting of musk oxen stranded on sea ice

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 00:32
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand.

SeaWorld to challenge California ban on orca breeding

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 17:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The SeaWorld marine park in San Diego will challenge a state commission ruling that banned the company from breeding its captive killer whales.

State, feds won't pursue $92M more in '89 Exxon Valdez spill

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 23:40
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state and federal governments have decided not to pursue $92 million in additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corp., citing the recovery of ducks and sea otters in Alaska's Prince William Sound following a devastating oil spill more than two decades ago.

Prominent astronomer resigns over student sexual harassment

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 23:10
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A well-known astronomer resigned from the University of California, Berkeley, where he had been a professor for 16 years after an investigation found he sexually harassed several female students, two top administrators said.

Hawaii longline fishermen allowed to resume catching tuna

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 22:20
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii fishermen are once again being allowed to catch a prized tuna species in the fleet's most productive fishing grounds west of the islands, sparking criticism that they are adding to overfishing.

The Latest: Prominent astronomer officially steps down

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 13:08
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest on the resignation of a prominent astronomer accused of sexually harassing female students at UC Berkeley (all times are local):

AP Source: Prominent astronomer resigning amid sex scandal

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:01
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A senior administration official at the University of California, Berkeley, says a prominent astronomer is resigning from the school after an investigation found he sexually harassed female students.

Scientists find fossil of ancient hedgehog-like mammal

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 09:16
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the fossil of a small, furry creature found in a Spanish quarry indicates that mammals evolved hedgehog-like spines far earlier than previously thought, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Fossil teeth show earliest sign of people in southern Asia

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 09:13
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say dozens of fossil human teeth from a cave in China show that people lived in southern Asia more than 80,000 years ago,

European body puzzled by uproar over Danish zoo dissection

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 02:43
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A European zoo organization says it supports a Danish park's plan to dissect a year-old lion culled to avoid inbreeding, adding some of the online uproar disregards the educational part of it.

Toyota aims to nearly eliminate gasoline cars by 2050

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 02:11
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions.

New Hampshire oyster project: Cooperation on the half shell

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 21:15
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — From seeding to slurping, what gets served on the half shell is not even half the story when it comes to New Hampshire oysters.