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US mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Feb. 20, 2019 11:28 AM EST

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic...

Academic: Very few climate change doubters, issue now action

Feb. 20, 2019 5:48 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A prominent American economist says there are "very few" individuals left who still doubt climate change because the evidence of its impact is clear. Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs told the Associated Press Wednesday that public discourse has moved beyond whether climate...

Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

Feb. 20, 2019 2:12 AM EST

EILAT, Israel (AP) — As the outlook for coral reefs across a warming planet grows grimmer, scientists in Israel have discovered a rare glimmer of hope: The corals of the northern Red Sea may survive, and even thrive, into the next century. There is broad scientific consensus that the effects of climate...

Los Alamos Labs seeking bids on new supercomputer

Feb. 19, 2019 11:12 PM EST

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory has put out a request for proposals for a new supercomputer. The Los Alamos Monitor reports one of the nation's premier nuclear labs announced recently it is seeking bids on a supercomputer dubbed "Crossroads." Like the supercomputer the lab has now,...

Officials: Arizona will miss US deadline for key water plan

Feb. 19, 2019 7:20 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday. It's the latest hurdle threatening the plan between seven states to...

Neutrons used to examine priceless Harvard gold specimen

Feb. 19, 2019 5:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Scientists at a premier U.S. laboratory have helped to unravel some of the mysteries about a rare gold specimen discovered at a Colorado mine more than 130 years ago. Officials at Harvard University's mineral museum were anxious for Los Alamos National Laboratory's assistance in...

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

Feb. 19, 2019 5:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted. Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump said...

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

Feb. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter. Starting Tuesday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lows online , along with wind speed and atmospheric pressure from the InSight lander. On...

Former UN leader tours climate adaptation projects in Miami

Feb. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels— and he wishes President Donald Trump were paying attention, too. Ban visited Miami on Tuesday with the Global Commission on Adaptation, which encourages the development of...

Florida to ban dumping blood off beaches to lure sharks

Feb. 19, 2019 12:59 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is preparing a new statewide ban on the practice by fishermen along the state's iconic beaches of dumping bloody fish guts into the ocean to lure sharks closer to shore — and possibly closer to swimmers and waders. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was...