North, South America joined earlier than thought

Apr 12, 2015

North, South America joined earlier than thought

North and South America joined together between 13 and 15 million years ago — some 10 million years earlier than scientists previously thought, a new study says. The two continents were once separated by a deep strait called the Central American Seaway, which at ...

Florida fights cat-eating African lizards

Apr 11, 2015

Florida fights cat-eating African lizards

A cat-eating lizard native to Africa is being targeted by Florida state wildlife officials who say the creatures, known as Nile monitors, could be dangerous to pets and people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it is “increasing efforts to locate and ...

Apr 7, 2015

China plants to shut down after violent protest

Government officials in China’s Inner Mongolia region vowed to shut down several chemical plants after thousands of police reportedly used tear gas and batons to break up environmental protests. According to the U.S.-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC), one person was killed ...

Apr 5, 2015

U.S. likely to shut down sardine fishing on West Coast

Fisheries managers on the U.S. West Coast will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market. Fishermen are resigned to ...

Scientists say polar bears won't thrive on land food

Apr 2, 2015

Scientists say polar bears won't thrive on land food

A group of researchers say polar bears that have been forced off melting sea ice will not find enough food to replace their current diet of fat-laden marine mammals such as seals — a conclusion that contradicts studies indicating that bears may be benefiting ...

Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

Mar 29, 2015

Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour

The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark Saturday as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. The usually glittering nighttime majesty of the Empire State Building was set to “faint sparkle” ...

Mar 29, 2015

Mexico sets 25% pollution cut goal by 2030 for climate talks

Mexico has become the first developing nation to submit pollutant reduction goals for next fall’s Paris climate change talks, pledging to cut greenhouse gas and short-lived climate pollutants 25 percent by 2030. Short-lived pollutants include “black carbon,” essentially soot produced by burning wood, dung, ...