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Sri Lanka to conserve climate-friendly mangroves ecosystem

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PAMBALA LAGOON, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lanka's government and environmentalists are working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests - the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, absorb carbon from the environment and reduce the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis....

Historic solar flight marks first round-the-world journey

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history on Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey that began more than a year ago....

Solar plane's arrival highlights UAE's clean-energy push

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The United Arab Emirates might not seem like an obvious spot to begin and end a globe-spanning flight promoting renewable energy....




Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild
MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) -- Long gone from these parts, black-footed ferrets still appear on Meeteetse's town logo, in a bronze sculpture downtown and even on coffee mugs from a downtown restaurant, remembered for when the nocturnal weasels made their last stand in the nearby sagebrush hills....

Mexico finds water tunnel under Pakal tomb in Palenque
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Archaeologists at the Mayan ruin site of Palenque said Monday they have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of an ancient ruler named Pakal....

Up there: Netherlands, Latvia lead world for people's height
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia....

Drought hits Northeastern US, could last months
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- At Lavoie's Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven't broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted....

Hollywood stars hold climate rally ahead of DNC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- More than 1,000 people joined Hollywood stars including Shailene Woodley, Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover in Philadelphia last night on the eve of the Democratic National Convention and vowed to keep fighting for climate and environmental justice issues, even though their preferred presidential candidate would not be driving the party's agenda....

A look at some oyster restoration programs around the US
Efforts to restore or expand oyster colonies are underway around the coastal U.S. A look at some of them:...

Maturing oyster recovery projects bring calls for money
LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) -- Oysters were once so abundant in New Jersey that vacationers would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. Their colonies piled so high that boats would sometimes run aground on them, and they were incorporated into navigation maps. Even earlier, Native American tribes would have oyster feasts on the banks of coastal inlets....

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