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Environment & Science

Published Sat Jan 01 2000 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Environment & Science
Environment & Science

Eggs from endangered sea turtle stolen from Thai beach


A community in southern Thailand has offered a reward for catching whoever stole dozens of unhatched eggs of an endangered turtle species.  A marine resources official says the Pacific Leatherback turtle eggs were stolen before dawn Sunday from a beach in the southern province of Phang-nga. Local residents donated 50,000 baht ($1,660) for a reward to catch the thieves, and the sum was matched by provincial authorities, bringing the total to 100,000 baht ($3,320). The Pacific Leatherback is the world's largest sea turtle but also critically endangered, and its nests had not been seen in Thailand for five years until January 2019. 

UN: Last year was second-warmest and decade was hottest ever


The U.N. weather agency says last year was the second warmest on record and the past decade was the hottest in human history. And it says January was the warmest January since 1850. The World Meteorological Organization's chief said at told a briefing Tuesday on its latest report that Europe also had a record-warm winter. Petteri Taalas said that “we have also broken records" in greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that “greenhouse gas concentrations are at the highest levels in 3 million years" — when the Earth’s temperature and sea levels were much higher.

Europe, Russia postpone joint rover mission to Mars


The European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos are postponing a planned joint mission to Mars until 2022, in part due to travel restrictions resulting from the new coronavirus outbreak. The ExoMars mission was due to launch this year but concerns about possible technical problems had already prompted both agencies to discuss the delay. The mission's goal is to put a rover on the red planet to help determine whether there has ever been life on Mars. Scientists hope the rover will be able to dig for biological signatures of life below the martian surface and also provide further insights into the planet's history of water. It is the latest setback for the ExoMars program. A test lander crashed on the planet's surface in 2016.

Scientist nabbed for Russia spying is Mexico hometown hero


A mayor in southern Mexico says the Mexican biologist charged with spying for Russia in Miami is considered a hero in his hometown. He also holds posts at two prominent universities. Mayor Hazael Matus says scientist Hector Alejandro Cabrera has helped set up science projects in his hometown of El Espinal. U.S. authorities on Tuesday accused Cabrera of working for a Russian official to find the vehicle of a U.S. government informant in the Miami area and inform the Russians of its location. The informant is said to have provided information to the U.S. on Russian intelligence operations.

Congresswoman: Science should guide nuclear storage decision


A member of New Mexico's congressional delegation says science should guide any decisions about whether to allow a multibillion-dollar temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel to be built in the state. U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in an interview with The Associated Press acknowledged that the growing stockpile of spent fuel at commercial reactors around the U.S. is a national problem and elected leaders need to ensure New Mexico does not pay an unfair price as part of the solution. The state's governor and others have voiced concerns about the state becoming a permanent dump for high-level radioactive waste.

5 earthquakes rattle West Texas; largest is magnitude 5.0


Five earthquakes centered near a remote area of West Texas have rattled the region. The U.S. Geological Survey says the first tremor registered at a magnitude 3.0 Thursday near Mentone, in Loving County on the New Mexico border. The largest was a magnitude 5.0 about six hours later. No damages or injuries have been reported. Loving County is sparsely populated but full of truck traffic serving the oil drilling industry in the surrounding Permian Basin. Geologists say thousands of earthquakes in recent years have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and gas production.

Looking for a coronavirus distraction that’s out of this world?

The Lagoon Nebula, a cloud of gas within the constellation Sagittarius, is pictured here.

The Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown is launching a weekly stargazing live stream beginning tonight. The goal is to give people a source of inspiration and a much-needed distraction from the coronavirus crisis.

UMass Researchers Say They've Gotten Rid Of Winter Moth Problem -- Without Pesticides

A shade tree on Cape Cod defoliated by winter moth.

UMass Amherst insect researchers say they've eliminated the threat of the winter moth -- which feeds on maple, oak, and other trees -- without the use of pesticides.

Despite Heavy Rains, Local Waterways Far From Flooding

Pawtuxet River in Cranston

After days of rain, some cities may see local flooding, but major rivers and streams are not at risk.