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In a win for endangered piping plovers like Chicago's Monty and Rose, the Great Lakes has record breeding season

CHICAGO — Monty and Rose, who achieved local fame in 2019 as the first federally endangered piping plovers to raise a family in Chicago in almost 60 years, are gone from the North Side beach where they spent three summers.

But the hope that the jaunty little shorebirds sparked for their species continues to grow.

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Musk questions why SEC not investigating Twitter spam data

The world’s richest person Elon Musk has taken his concern about Twitter Inc. to the social media site again.

Responding to a thread initiated by another user, Musk said the deal to buy the company “should proceed on original terms” if Twitter would provide their method for sampling accounts and confirm them to be genuine. “However, if ...Read more

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Rain tamed Colorado's summer wildfire season but how long will luck hold?

DENVER — Months into what state officials warned could be the worst wildfire year in Colorado’s recorded history and so far those fears have yet to materialize.

August is looking decent, too, but a potentially risky couple of months are soon approaching, Becky Bollinger of the Colorado Climate Center told The Denver Post.

“If we go into ...Read more

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Rush to build more chips puts environmental progress in peril

The CHIPS and Science Act, which President Joe Biden is poised to sign into law next week, was pitched as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to revitalize the U.S. semiconductor industry and counter Asia’s manufacturing power.

What went less discussed was the legislation’s environmental impact. The bill is poised to pump $52 billion into an ...Read more

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History of DDT ocean dumping off LA coast even worse than expected, EPA finds

LOS ANGELES — After an exhaustive historical investigation into the barrels of DDT waste reportedly dumped decades ago near Catalina Island, federal regulators concluded that the toxic pollution in the deep ocean could be far worse — and far more sweeping — than what scientists anticipated.

In internal memos made public recently, ...Read more

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Tijuana sewage spill shutters Imperial Beach and Coronado shorelines, yet again

SAN DIEGO — Adam Wraight pulled a blue sewage "warning" sign out of the sand near Imperial Beach Pier on Thursday morning, replacing it with the more ominous yellow and red placard telling beachgoers that waters were officially closed.

"There's more than just the normal ooze that's coming?" asked Imperial Beach native Colette Dominguez who ...Read more

NJ sues Monsanto over 'reckless' PCB contamination, including along Delaware River

PHILADELPHIA — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection filed suit Thursday against Monsanto for “extensive damage” caused by PCB contamination, citing “reckless long-term discharge of” polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) statewide and noting pollution from a company facility in Gloucester County on the Delaware River.

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San Diego to ban natural gas in new homes and businesses as part of climate fight

SAN DIEGO — San Diego leaders have declared a war on natural gas to dramatically shrink the city’s carbon footprint and reach net-zero emission by 2035.

The City Council voted unanimously this week to approve a dramatically overhauled climate action plan that calls for banning the fossil fuel in new construction while also electrifying ...Read more

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Scientist studies how torrential rainfall will change our rivers

ST. LOUIS — Beneath the surface of rivers lurks a hazard that isn't well understood — but could wreak havoc on people and communities near the water.

Changes in weather patterns may be unsettling river channels that have been historically sturdy, driving them toward two extremes: accelerated erosion or supercharged flooding.

Now a ...Read more


41 large polluters to get free passes in Washington state carbon trading market

SEATTLE — Washington is required by law to eliminate or offset all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But generous exemptions for more than 40 of the state's biggest polluters in a forthcoming carbon market could push that goal beyond reach.

In January, the state Department of Ecology will roll out a cap-and-invest program through which...Read more

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Great white sharks are thriving in Monterey Bay thanks to warming waters, study shows

If you're heading out to California's Monterey Bay this summer, you're going to need a bigger boat.

Great white sharks are on the rise in the area, and warming waters caused by climate change are playing a large part, according to a study recently released by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which tracked the migratory patterns of great whites over ...Read more

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How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River

MINNEAPOLIS — Don Wyse's field of winter barley used to be mostly empty in the spring.

Eight years ago, just a tenth of the grain would survive the winter in this experimental field in St. Paul. But this year, after repeatedly refining the plant's genetics, the field was flush with swaying, pale yellow grain heads.

The winter is the first ...Read more


Gadgets: Hassle-free robotic Aiper Seagull 600 a must-have for pool owners

If you’re a pool owner and want to vacuum it yourself, there’s no need to read on. Otherwise, for owners who want a pool cleaned with a cordless, robotic pool cleaner, the hassle-free Aiper Seagull 600 is a must-have.

A robotic pool cleaner is a technology category I’ve never dipped into until trying the Seagull 600, and I’m hooked ...Read more

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Can a metal box the size of a toaster oven bridge the digital divide? Denver startup believes it can.

DENVER — Colorado’s soaring mountains and its sparsely populated rural areas make it difficult to provide high-speed broadband and wireless services consistently across wide swaths of the state.

Many of the technologies now available to boost connectivity are prohibitively expensive or just not commercially viable, and the number of ...Read more


Jim Rossman: How to tell your contacts you have a new email address

Last week I spent a few hours helping a friend set up a new Google email account.

She’s only had one email account, which was handed out by her internet service provider years ago.

She’s changing ISPs and upgrading to fiber internet service. Her old email address is going away when she cancels her old service.

I told her to hold off on ...Read more


'Sky: Children of the Light' turns 3 in style

It was three years ago that thatgamecompany released "Sky: Children of the Light." And instantly, it was a different kind of mobile game. From "Fortnite" to "Hearthstone" to "Kingdom Rush," most mobile games (actually, video games in general) are about victory.

"Sky: Children of the Light" wasn’t like that. With "Sky," thatgamecompany aimed...Read more

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Beyond Artemis I, NASA plots cheaper rocket rollout while Congress calls for more flights

ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA has yet to get its next-generation moon rocket off the ground, but this week announced a shift in how it plans to pay for future launches while also falling under a new directive from Congress to increase the number of flights each year.

Artemis I, a combination of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule, is set ...Read more

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Can environmental violations define oil and gas companies as bad actors? A judgment awaits

PITTSBURGH — On the evening of July 19, when Allegheny County Council met to override Rich Fitzgerald’s veto of a fracking ban in county parks, council members were shown a black-and-white video of natural gas rushing from a well in Boyce Park.

The hearing — where the ban on future leasing was sustained by a 12-3 vote, followed by a ...Read more


Pig organs revived hour after death in scientific advance

Scientists successfully revived vital organs from deceased pigs with a technology that shows promise for organ transplantation and further blurs the line between life and death.

The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, challenges the assumption that tissue death is swift and irreversible, as the scientists were able to restore ...Read more


Apple to delay iPad software launch by a month in unusual move

Apple Inc. expects to delay its next major iPad software update by about a month, taking the unusual step of not releasing it at the same time as the new iPhone software, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

For the last several years, the tech giant has released major iPad and iPhone software updates, known as iPadOS and iOS, at ...Read more