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From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 1:28am

From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for shark fin soup.

Thailand's lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

Pitcha Dangprasith, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:45pm

An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday.

NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:43pm

NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts.

Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:14pm

The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from their flights will be compensated for.

Nevada will seek new court order to remove plutonium

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 1:03pm

Nevada isn't giving up its push to get the Trump administration to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly shipped to a site near Las Vegas last year, learning from an appeals court defeat and planning a challenge that gets to the heart of the fight.

California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 12:05pm

Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern California.

Instagram now lets users flag misinformation

Hadas Gold, CNN Business  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:17am

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that allows users to flag misinformation.

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:47am

A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said.

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 11:04pm

With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami.

The Latest: Colorado River improves, but voluntary cuts loom

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 3:36pm

The Latest on the outlook for the Colorado River (all times local):

Awardco is Utah's fastest-growing company, Inc. 5000 list shows

Grant Olsen, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug 15th - 2:30pm

When the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies was released this week, 10 Utah-based companies made the cut. Tops among them was Awardco, which ranked No. 25 overall.

The story behind Utah’s lone surviving ‘moon tree’

Ryan Boyce, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Aug 15th - 2:02pm

This tree has boldly gone where no trees — and few humans — have gone before.

Robotic tail for humans was inspired by seahorses

Jessie Yeung, CNN  |  Posted Aug 15th - 1:40pm

If you're prone to tripping or losing balance, then researchers in Japan may have an unusual solution: a robotic tail.

Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket

Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 1:10pm

NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete.

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:38am

July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change.

Climate change still threatens key US river after wet winter

Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 8:04am

Snow piled up in the mountains across the U.S. West last winter, leaving enough to thrill skiers into the summer, swelling rivers and streams when it melted, and largely making wildfire restrictions unnecessary. But the wet weather can be misleading.

Fire breaks out in New Delhi hospital; no casualties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 6:07am

Authorities evacuated patients and visitors after a fire broke out Saturday in a major government-run hospital in the Indian capital.

County officials vote to favor mining near Okefenokee refuge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:08am

County officials in Georgia are supporting a mining proposal near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that a U.S. agency has said could cause environmental damage.

Teacher's rejection of gender identity prompts training

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:55am

Teachers and staff in a Florida school district will be given additional diversity training after a high school math instructor refused to call a transgender student by her chosen gender identity.

Data confirms growing dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 6:15am

Maryland scientists have been warning of a growing "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay. Now the numbers are in, confirming their dire warnings were correct.