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Harvard's president speaks in China about climate change

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:51
BEIJING (AP) — Harvard University's president has told students at one of China's most prestigious universities that schools in the two countries should collaborate on doing research and teaching the next generation how to tackle climate change.

Study finds some fish can live in low-oxygen dead zones

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:51
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Scientists say they have found that some fish can survive in low-oxygen dead zones that are expanding in deep waters off the West Coast as the climate changes.

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:20
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Officials struggled on Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

Vanuatu residents remain in shelters after massive cyclone

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Winds from an extremely powerful cyclone that blew through the Pacific's Vanuatu archipelago were beginning to subside Saturday, revealing widespread destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths as relief workers rushed to assess the damage.

Revamped environmental law raises hope for cleanup in China

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 22:45
BEIJING (AP) — People in China who want to take industries to task for fouling their surroundings have been rushing to file complaints and lawsuits this year in a test of legal reforms that toughens environmental penalties and makes clear that many public-interest groups have the right to sue.

UN head urges better safeguards for climate disasters

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 21:01
SENDAI, Japan (AP) — The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu appealed to a U.N. disaster conference Saturday for help as a powerful cyclone swept across his archipelago, driving painfully home the rising risks from extreme weather and climate change.

Scientists cheered by birth of Galapagos tortoises in wild

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 18:01
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said.

At last, a theory about why Denver is a mile above sea level

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:41
DENVER (AP) — Geologists may finally be able to explain why Denver, the Mile High City, is a mile high: water.

Want to see the solar eclipse in Norway? Mind the bears

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:27
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities are reminding visitors who want to eye a total solar eclipse from the remote Arctic island of Svalbard this month to be aware of polar bears, dress warmly and make sure they have a place to stay before coming.

German court orders vaccination cynic to pay for virus proof

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:07
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

Damage indicates underwater blast on Japan WWII battleship

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 22:38
TOKYO (AP) — Debris scattered over a large area at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines indicates at least one underwater explosion had torn apart the massive Japanese World War II battleship Musashi 70 years ago.

US judge rejects Nevadans' bid to dispose of excess mustangs

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 18:34
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by a coalition of rural Nevada counties that wanted to force the government to sell or otherwise dispose of tens of thousands of mustangs in U.S. holding facilities.