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Saturday, March 24, 2018


Climate change up close: Southern, poor counties to suffer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Poor and southern U.S. counties will get hit hardest by global warming, according to a first-of-its-kind detailed projection of potential climate change effects at the local level. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science , calculates probable economic harms and benefits for the more than 3,100 counties in the United States

Large study links key pesticide to weakened honeybee hives

WASHINGTON (AP) — A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries. For more than a decade, the populations of honeybees and other key pollinators have been on the decline, and scientists have been trying to figure out what's behind the drop,

Study: Orcas' failed pregnancies linked to scarce food

SEATTLE (AP) — Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to eat and that's causing them to have pregnancy problems. Researchers analyzed hormones in orca excrement collected at sea and found that

Prehistoric stone fish trap discovered on Alaska island

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric fish trap constructed of rock walls near the mouth of a salmon stream on Alaska's Kodiak Island. The trap is in a lower intertidal zone that's covered by ocean water at high tide and exposed at low tide, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported ( Tuesday. Archaeologists

Cambodia conservationists find rare cache of crocodile eggs

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Wildlife researchers in Cambodia say they've found a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles, raising hopes of its continuing survival in the wild. The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement Wednesday that its researchers, along with Fisheries Administration employees and local residents,

Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

ECHO SUMMIT, California (AP) — A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California – although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after an El Nino storm system drenched the northern half of the state this winter, officials said Wednesday. "The message is

Study: Antarctic ice may melt faster than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica's western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than expected by the end of the century, according to a new study. New physics-based computer simulations forecast dramatic increases in melting in

Partial skull of Columbian mammoth found in Oklahoma

ALVA, Okla. (AP) — A partial skull and two tusks of a prehistoric Columbian mammoth have been found in northwest Oklahoma. Oklahoma Archeological Survey archaeologist Lee Bement said Monday that a Woods County employee found the remains last week near Alva, about 150 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Bement says the elephant-like animal with long,

New NASA launch control software late, millions over budget

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Launch control software under development for NASA's deep-space exploration program is more than a year behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars above projected costs, according to an internal audit released Monday. NASA's own inspector general conducted the audit at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, where the agency hopes to