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Navy halts Hawaii fuel tank operations during investigation

Dec. 09, 2021 02:35 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy will stop operations at fuel storage tanks above a Hawaii aquifer until the completion of its own investigation into how petroleum got into tap water. In a memo dated Tuesday, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro said “corrective actions shall be...

From grime to crumbling masonry, US parks get a makeover

Dec. 09, 2021 01:58 AM EST

Near the Tidal Basin in Washington, crews have cleaned grime off the white marble exterior of the Jefferson Memorial and fixed cracked stone to prevent falling debris. At the Statue of Liberty, plans are in the works to waterproof the exterior of the massive stone fort built in 1807 that serves as...

Darwin in a lab: Coral evolution tweaked for global warming

Dec. 09, 2021 01:10 AM EST

COCONUT ISLAND, Hawaii (AP) — On a moonless summer night in Hawaii, krill, fish and crabs swirl through a beam of light as two researchers peer into the water above a vibrant reef. Minutes later, like clockwork, they see eggs and sperm from spawning coral drifting past their boat....

An Afghan village shrivels in worst drought in decades

Dec. 09, 2021 01:03 AM EST

KAMAR KALAGH, Afghanistan (AP) — Hajji Wali Jan brought a half-dozen plastic containers to the well in Kamar Kalagh on a recent Friday — one of the handful of days each week he and those who live on his side of this Afghan village ae allowed to use the water source. When it was...

Manchin says he wouldn't defy parliamentarian on immigration

Dec. 09, 2021 00:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday he'd vote to uphold the Senate parliamentarian's decision if she rules that immigration or other provisions should fall from Democrats’ huge social and environment bill, underscoring the party's uphill fight to keep some top priorities...

Food waste becomes California's newest climate change target

Dec. 09, 2021 00:07 AM EST

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won't have a place in California trashcans under the nation's largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program that's set to take effect in January. The effort is designed to keep landfills in the most...

US and rural Nevada town clash over 1905 irrigation canal

Dec. 08, 2021 21:22 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for the government and a rural Nevada town clashed Wednesday over western water law in a legal battle over the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s plan to renovate a 115-year-old earthen irrigation canal with changes that would eliminate leaking water local residents long...

Youngkin wants Virginia out of carbon-reduction initiative

Dec. 08, 2021 19:27 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced Wednesday that he would seek to use his executive powers to withdraw the commonwealth from a multistate carbon cap-and-trade program he said has overburdened ratepayers and businesses. Environmental...

Review: Leo, JLaw are trying to warn us in ‘Don’t Look Up’

Dec. 08, 2021 18:49 PM EST

You know you’re in deep doodoo when that planet-destroying comet on a collision course with Earth isn’t your biggest problem. Your biggest problem: You’re the scientist who discovered the darned thing but nobody has the patience or the bandwidth or the political will to believe...

Oregon lawmakers push for state divestment from fossil fuels

Dec. 08, 2021 18:42 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon should divest from the fossil fuels industry to protect both the environment and its investments, three Oregon lawmakers said Wednesday as a new study put the level of that investment at $1.8 billion or more. “The Oregon Treasury, which...