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Surrogate otter mom at aquarium is rehabilitating pup 'better than any human ever can'

LOS ANGELES — Millie, a fatigued mother of an infant, was ready for a nap.

So she grabbed her baby, flipped it around, threw it on her belly and started grooming its tail — a soothing behavior.

Millie, a sea otter, is rearing what could be the Aquarium of the Pacific’s first orphaned pup to return to the wild. As a surrogate mom, she’s...Read more

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A Connecticut river is named one of 'most endangered' in US. Here's why and what it means for residents

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Farmington River, “the top priority watershed in the state,” according to the state’s environmental agency, has been named one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers by the organization American Rivers.

The 47-mile river, which flows into the Connecticut River, “has the potential to be the biggest positive ...Read more

Reports: Biden administration set to deny 200-mile Ambler mining road through Alaska wilderness

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Department of the Interior as early as this week is expected to issue an environmental report that recommends denying a permit needed to build a 200-mile access road to the Ambler mining district, according to national news reports on Tuesday.

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority applied for the ...Read more


Next up is launch, as Boeing's Starliner takes trek to Cape Canaveral

The spacecraft has left the building.

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, set to take its first humans on board during the Crew Flight Test mission next month, was transported from Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a 10-mile trip to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

It arrived at United ...Read more

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Army Corps denies permit appeal by Pebble mine developer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Army Corps this week rejected a permitting appeal by Pebble Limited Partnership, another setback for the copper and gold prospect in Southwest Alaska.

The Corps in 2020 had denied a permit for the project. That led to an appeal by Pebble and an additional review by the Corps.

The Corps said in a statement Monday ...Read more

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Dozens of Google employees protest use of company's tech for war in Gaza

SUNNYVALE, California — A group of disappointed and angry Google employees protested outside a company building on Tuesday after it was reported that the search giant had deepened a contract with the Israeli government.

Googlers in New York City and Sunnyvale took action with the activist group No Tech for Apartheid, demanding that the ...Read more

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Report: Tijuana River among most endangered in America due to sewage crisis

SAN DIEGO — The Tijuana River, with frequent flows of sewage and chemical-tainted waters, is among America's top endangered rivers, according to a report released Tuesday that spotlights threats to clean water nationwide.

American Rivers, a nonprofit focused on protecting the health of rivers in the U.S., compiled a list of the 10 most ...Read more


NASA confirms space junk that hit Florida home came from space station

NASA completed analysis of an object that hit a Florida home in March and determined it was the remains of debris released from the International Space Station two years earlier.

In an update to the agency’s website, NASA said the hand-sized chunk of metal came from a pallet of nickel hydride batteries that were jettisoned from the ISS in ...Read more

More climate-warming methane leaks into the atmosphere than ever gets reported – here’s how satellites can find the leaks and avoid wasting a valuable resource

Far more methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is being released from landfills and oil and gas operations around the world than governments realized, recent airborne and satellite surveys show. That’s a problem for the climate as well as human health. It’s also why the U.S. government has been tightening regulations on methane leaks and ...Read more

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Editorial: High electric bills threaten California's clean future. This plan would help

California has some of the nation’s highest electricity rates, and power bills are rising fast. That’s a problem because it makes it harder for people to afford switching from fossil fuels to clean electric cars and appliances that are essential to combating climate change.

Who wants to invest thousands of dollars in a heat pump or ...Read more

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Nine beavers die from disease in Utah -- and it can spread to people, officials say

Beavers are turning up dead in Utah, and the disease killing them can spread to humans, officials said.

So it’s important not to touch any dead animals — especially rodents — while wildlife officials learn more about the “unusual” event that killed nine beavers so far since the end of March, Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources ...Read more


Too expensive, too slow: NASA asks for help with JPL's Mars Sample Return mission

After months of turmoil over the future of a vaunted mission to bring samples of the Red Planet back to Earth, NASA has its verdict on Mars Sample Return.

The space agency is "committed" to bringing those rocks back from Mars, administrator Bill Nelson said Monday, but will have to do it with way less money and in far less time than currently ...Read more

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Microsoft, beset by hacks, grapples with problem years in the making

The world’s largest seller of cybersecurity products has a problem with its own cybersecurity.

In recent years, Microsoft Corp. has been hit with a series of embarrassing hacks that have exposed corporate and government customers. Earlier this month, the U.S. Cyber Safety Review Board issued a scathing report documenting the company’s ...Read more

Rural counties increasingly rely on prisons to provide firefighters and EMTs who work for free, but the inmates have little protection or future job prospects

If you call 911 in rural Georgia, the nearest emergency responders might come from the local prison.

In 1963, the Georgia Department of Corrections began a program to train incarcerated people as firefighters to support not only their prisons, but also the surrounding communities. Over time, the program has grown dramatically. Today, ...Read more


'It's environmental racism': Ag officials sued over farm chemicals near Latino schools

For Nelly Vaquera-Boggs, the plastic tarps that cover strawberry fields in Monterey County, California, when they are being fumigated with toxic chemicals offer little comfort — especially when those fields are close to schools.

The tarps, she said, sometimes come loose in the wind. They can get holes.

And in the small farm towns of the ...Read more

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The airline industry's biggest climate challenge: a lack of clean fuel

In a glimmer of progress for the daunting task of reducing air travel’s climate impact, a newly built plant in rural Georgia is expected to begin pumping out the world’s first commercial quantities of a new type of cleaner jet fuel this month.

The $200 million plant from LanzaJet Inc. will be the first to turn ethanol into a fuel compatible...Read more

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Could a bald eagle and a winery block a proposed rock quarry along the Boise River?

A nesting bald eagle, a beloved local winery and over 30 neighbors may jeopardize a proposal to open a 260-acre surface mine along the Boise River.

Emmett developer Evan Buchert of Premier LLC wants to build the mine at 25706 Boise River Road off U.S. 95 in Parma in eastern Canyon County, Idaho. The Pintail Long Term Mineral Extraction Mine ...Read more


Extreme heat is a problem in Virginia. Here's how researchers want to help.

The summers in Hampton Roads, Va., are hot, but for some residents, swelling temperatures and their impacts can be disproportionately worse.

In Portsmouth, Va., for example, a lack of green space and increase of development over time has created urban heat islands, said Elizabeth Malcolm, professor of ocean and atmospheric sciences and director...Read more

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Environmental concerns raised by rocket flights over San Diego County

Plans by SpaceX and other companies to boost the number of rocket launches sometimes seen streaking across San Diego County's skies have prompted the California Coastal Commission to question the environmental effects.

Residents near Vandenberg Space Force Base, on the state's Central Coast, say the launches shake their homes and rattle their ...Read more

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SpaceX launch from Florida tonight to mark record turnaround, record booster flight

If SpaceX manages a Starlink launch from Cape Canaveral tonight, it will come less than three days since the last rocket blasted off from the same launch pad, setting a new turnaround record while using a first-stage booster for a record-setting 20th flight.

A Falcon 9 carrying 23 more of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites is set to lift ...Read more