• September 27, 2016

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DC appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal appeals court in Washington began hearing oral arguments Tuesday in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.

WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people

GENEVA (AP) — More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Vietnamese fishermen sue Taiwan steel firm over fish deaths

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Hundreds of Vietnamese fishermen have filed claims seeking compensation from a Taiwanese steel company that acknowledged its toxic chemicals caused a massive fish kill, a local priest helping the fishermen said Tuesday.

Jupiter moon may have water plumes that shoot up 125 miles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter's icy moons shooting up as high as 125 miles.

Study: Earth's roughly warmest in about 100,000 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.

US not on track to meet 2025 carbon pollution cutting goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unless it does more, the United States probably will fall short of goals set under last year's Paris agreement to dramatically reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases, according to a new study.

Mother uncovers lasting impact of son's organ donation

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood.

India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's prime minister said Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month.

Correction: Tangled Whales-Crabbing story

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about a bill to protect whales from fishing gear for Dungeness crab, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that backed the legislation. The group is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Environmental Diversity.

Warmer waters might prevent baby lobsters from surviving

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean's waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate.

SpaceX: Accident points to breach in rocket's helium system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX said Friday that evidence points to a large breach in the rocket's helium system during a routine prelaunch test that turned into a devastating fireball three weeks ago.

Laos promises to phase out tiger farms: Conservation groups

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Laos has promised to phase out farms that breed endangered tigers for their body parts, a positive step from a country believed to be a major hub of wildlife trafficking in Asia, conservation groups said Friday.

Beached boats, pink water as drought saps Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — On the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.

Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) — A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.

Pioneering California physicist dies; built important tool

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A pioneering physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has died, a lab official said Thursday.

Private wells in New England coming up empty amid drought

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — When Roxanne Moore got up to make her morning coffee a few weeks ago, she turned on the faucet and got a burst of water — then nothing came out but air.

Studies focus on acidic ocean impact on Dungeness crabs

MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) — Millions of pounds of Dungeness crab are pulled from Pacific Northwest waters each year in a more than century-old ritual for commercial and recreational fishermen.

Rusty patched bumble bee recommended for endangered list

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90 percent of its historic range in just the past two decades.

Satellite-based radar confirms man-made Texas earthquakes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists used radar from satellites to show that five Texas earthquakes, one reaching magnitude 4.8, were caused by injections of wastewater in drilling for oil and gas.

EU chief says bloc's credibility at stake over climate pact

BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive arm is lambasting member states for failing to ratify the Paris climate change pact, saying the EU is losing credibility for lagging behind.

US astronaut will vote from orbit if homecoming is delayed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The lone American in orbit will end up voting for president from the International Space Station, if her homecoming is delayed.

Sanctuaries across US prepare for influx of lab chimpanzees

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — A Dora the Explorer-themed banner, paper plates full of fruit and a bevy of troll dolls make up the decorations at a special birthday party in Washington state.

Report: Staff shortages hamper US wildlife refuges

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of national wildlife refuges that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and other species are crippled by a staffing shortage that has curtailed educational programs, hampered the fight against invasive species and weakened security at facilities that attract nearly 50 million visitors annually, a group of public employees and law enforcement said Wednesday.

Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greenland is losing about 40 trillion pounds more ice a year than scientists had thought, according to a new study that used GPS to help estimate how much is melting.