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In Iran, parched lands hollowed by water pumping now sinking

Jan. 24, 2019 2:41 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Fissures appear along roads while massive holes open up in the countryside, their gaping maws a visible sign from the air of something Iranian authorities now openly acknowledge: the area around Tehran is literally sinking. Stressed by a 30-year drought and hollowed by excessive water...

Uncharted waters: Scientists to explore Indian Ocean depths

Jan. 24, 2019 1:32 AM EST

BREMEVERHAVEN, Germany (AP) — Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. The ambitious expedition will...

The shutdown today: Trump decides to postpone speech

Jan. 24, 2019 1:31 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 34: WHAT'S NEW The showdown over the State of the Union address ended Wednesday night when President Donald Trump said he would wait until after the partial government shutdown to address Congress and the nation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had withdrawn an...

Hawaii coral reefs stabilizing following bleaching event

Jan. 24, 2019 12:33 AM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An environmental organization says coral reefs off the Big Island are stabilizing nearly four years after Hawaii's worst bleaching event. West Hawaii Today reports warm ocean water temperatures in 2015 caused the first statewide bleaching event, damaging delicate coral reefs....

Sea lion bites fisherman's leg in southwestern Alaska

Jan. 24, 2019 12:28 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A sea lion bit a fisherman on his leg in a harbor in southwest Alaska, marking a fishing town's third attack in two years by the marine mammals. Sand Point police officer David Anderson tells the Anchorage Daily News that the sea lion hopped onto the fishing boat Celtic and bit the...

Government shutdown delays, disrupts environmental studies

Jan. 24, 2019 12:25 AM EST

The rainwater collection system is broken at the environmental research station on a remote, rocky Pacific island off the California coast. So is a crane used to hoist small boats in and out of the water. A two-year supply of diesel fuel for the power generators is almost gone. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

Low Greenland salmon harvest good news for fish, group says

Jan. 24, 2019 12:18 AM EST

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick (AP) — A Canadian conservation group says a drop in the harvest of Atlantic salmon by Greenland's fishermen is good news for the species. Atlantic salmon are considered endangered by the U.S. government, and only consistently return to a handful of American rivers, all of which...

Cleanup efforts underway after industry leaks in Colorado

Jan. 24, 2019 12:18 AM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Cleanup efforts are underway following two recent leaks from oil and gas facilities in western Colorado. The Daily Sentinel reports a buried natural gas gathering line owned by Bargath, a subsidiary of the energy company Williams, ruptured last week north of Parachute. Williams...

California city approves 25-cent fee on disposable cups

Jan. 23, 2019 8:09 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Patrons of restaurants and coffee shops in Berkeley, California, who don't bring a reusable cup for their beverage will have to pay a 25-cent fee for a disposable cup as part of an ordinance approved by city officials to reduce restaurant waste. Berkeley's City Council voted...

UN envoy urges Colombia to act quickly to protect leaders

Jan. 23, 2019 7:30 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. envoy for Colombia urged the government on Wednesday to swiftly implement its plan to protect social leaders, saying seven leaders were killed in just the first week of January. Carlos Ruiz Massieu told the Security Council that there have also been 31 attacks since...