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Feds say first humpback whales of season spotted in Hawaii

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 23:21
HONOLULU (AP) — Humpback whales were spotted in the waters off Hawaii for the first time this season, leading officials to warn ships and recreational boaters to steer clear of the endangered visitors.

California grooms utility giants to compete against Big Oil

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 23:15
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wants more drivers to dump the pump and plug in.

California agency to eye bigger whale tanks at SeaWorld

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 22:19
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — SeaWorld wants to greatly expand the tanks its uses to hold killer whales in San Diego, but animal rights activists fear the plan would pave the way for breeding the animals in captivity — something they say is cruel no matter the size of the tanks.

IMF Chief: We're cooked if we fail on climate change

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 19:28
LIMA, Peru (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group's annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed for its cuisine.

Rare monk seals doing well in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 16:01
HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say the endangered Hawaiian monk seal is making a strong comeback in the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 14:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an ambitious measure to combat climate change by increasing California's renewable electricity use to 50 percent and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030.

Feds say first humpback whales of season spotted in Hawaii

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:21
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say humpback whales have been spotted in the waters off Hawaii and are warning ships and recreational boaters to steer clear of the endangered seasonal visitors.

Endangered Species Act list won't add American eels

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 09:19
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — American eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a victory for fishermen of the increasingly valuable species.

Study: Mammals thrive in Chernobyl exclusion zone

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 07:52
MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 30 years after a nuclear reactor caught fire and spewed a lethal cloud of radiation, some species of mammals are thriving in the zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a new study says.

AP Interview: Nobel gives scientist recognition in China

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 07:48
BEIJING (AP) — The time could not have been more hostile for Chinese scientists. Research came to a virtual halt and intellectuals were routinely persecuted. But Tu Youyou, then a 39-year-old researcher, was summoned to join a secretive military project during the Cultural Revolution to find a cure for malaria for soldiers in North Vietnam.

The Latest: Nobel winner hopes to inspire science in Turkey

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 06:19
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Latest developments in the announcements of the Nobel Prizes (all times local):

A glance at the winners of the Nobel Prize for chemistry

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 03:05
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry was announced Wednesday in Stockholm.

Scientists win Nobel chemistry award for work on DNA repair

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 03:03
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for "mechanistic studies of DNA repair."

A glance at the Nobel Prizes in 2015

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 02:17
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The 2015 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week and next. The $960,000 awards will be handed out in Stockholm and Oslo on Dec. 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896. Below is a look at the winners announced so far:

Study: Higher temps, more fires, 1,000 years ago in Rockies

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 15:05
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — New research by scientists at the University of Wyoming has found that extreme wildfire seasons are nothing new in the Rocky Mountain region: They also happened hundreds of years ago, after global temperatures had risen slightly.

Colorado man gets probation in fossil importation case

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 14:56
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to one year of probation for understating the value of fossils imported from China to the United States.

Korean energy economist to head UN climate science panel

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — A South Korean professor of climate change economics will lead the Nobel Prize-winning group of climate scientists that keeps track of global warming.

Farmer opens barn to show woolly mammoth bones

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 05:09
LIMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A barn in southeastern Michigan suddenly has become a natural history museum since bones from a woolly mammoth were discovered by a farmer while he was digging in a soybean field.

The Latest: Nobel laureate's work built on previous winner

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 03:26
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Latest developments in the announcements of the Nobel Prizes (all times local):

Kajita, McDonald win Nobel physics prize for neutrino work

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 02:34
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations.