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Last of river-swimming Alaska whales found dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A young killer whale that wandered far up an Alaska river with two adult companions has been found dead near the river’s mouth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Sunday. Discovery of the dead juvenile means that all three of the whales discovered swimming…

Southern states break U.S. heat record

WASHINGTON — The southern United States in July endured the hottest single month ever recorded in any climate region nationwide, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. The federal body’s southern region — Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas — saw average temperatures of 86.1 degrees Fahrenheit (30…

White House, BP tried to spin oil spill science, emails reveal

Emails obtained by activists with Greenpeace revealed Friday that even as BP dedicated funds to study the effects of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it was also working behind the scenes to control the science studying its impact. According to The Guardian, one BP environmental expert,…

Young penguins dying due to lack of food

WASHINGTON – Young penguins in the Antarctic may be dying because they are having a tougher time finding food, as melting sea ice cuts back on the tiny fish they eat, US researchers suggested on Monday. Only about 10 percent of baby penguins tagged by researchers are coming back in…

Space weather could wreak havoc in gadget-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A geomagnetic space storm sparked by a solar eruption like the one that flared toward Earth Tuesday is bound to strike again and could wreak havoc across the gadget-happy modern world, experts say. Contemporary society is increasingly vulnerable to space weather because of our dependence on satellite…

Space weather could wreak havoc in gagdet-driven world

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Earth just dodged a solar bullet. But it won’t be the last. Experts say a geomagnetic storm, sparked by a massive solar eruption similar to the one that flared toward the Earth on Tuesday, is bound to strike again, and the next one could wreak more…

Republicans could scale back US science budgets

Budgets for scientific research in the United States could be scaled back with the return of a Republican-majority in Congress as conservatives aim to slash spending to reduce the ballooning deficit. The Republican electoral platform, the “Pledge to America,” details the party’s ideals of smaller government, lower taxes and robust…

US reopens vast expanse of Gulf for fishing, but experts stress caution on seafood

A massive area in the Gulf of Mexico totaling about 30 percent of federal water closed after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster has been reopened for commercial and recreational fishing, the US government announced Friday. But the news is not entirely good for America’s fishermen or seafood connoisseurs. While authorities cited…

Government withholding key data on Gulf seafood testing, scientists say

Gulf states not following consistent protocol, despite government claims National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and FDA officials maintain they’ve provided results of ongoing Gulf seafood safety tests with the utmost transparency. But outside scientists, eager to perform independent evaluations of the government’s findings, complain the information released contains far…

Panel: Gov’t stopped scientists from telling worst-case spill numbers

Panel: White House blocked public release of worst-case spill numbers The White House blocked efforts by federal scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could have been. That finding comes from a panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the worst offshore oil spill…

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