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U.S.: Lizard Species Protection Not Needed

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. government will not place the dunes sagebrush lizard, found in West Texas and New Mexico, on a protected species list, officials said. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said commitments to voluntary conservation agreements now in place in New Mexico and Texas that provide for the long-term conservation of the […]

U.S. Oil Production Reaches Historic High

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, along with output from Texas and North Dakota, pushed U.S. oil production to its highest level in 14 years, the EIA said. The U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. oil production during the first quarter of 2012 topped 6 million barrels per […]

U.S. Unlikely To Settle With BP

NEW ORLEANS, (UPI) — It’s unlikely U.S. officials would accept a smaller penalty from BP to settle claims for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a former federal lawyer said. The Financial Times reported that sources “familiar with discussions” between BP and the government say the British company is seeking to pay […]

Norway's DNO Makes Oil Find In Iraq

OSLO, Norway, (UPI) — Norwegian oil and natural gas company DNO International announced it encountered oil at a well in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. DNO said at its general meeting in Norway its latest testing from its Peshkabir-1 well in the semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq confirmed the presence of oil. “Testing is […]

China Space Launch On Track For Mid-June

BEIJING, (UPI) — China’s space agency said Saturday it would launch a trio of astronauts into space later this month on a mission to an orbiting Chinese space station. The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and its Long March launch rocket were in place at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and undergoing final checks ahead of blastoff sometime […]

Ancient China Skeletons To Yield DNA Data

ZHANGJIAKOU, China, (UPI) — Chinese scientists report they’ve launched a DNA test program on 22 human skeletons that date back more than 2,000 years. With the data, the scientists can analyze the diets, lifestyle habits and ages of the people living in the Warring States Period, 476-221 B.C., as well as the agriculture and business […]

Arctic Waters Rich In Marine Plants

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. scientists say they’ve found ocean waters in the arctic richer in microscopic marine plants essential to all sea life than any other ocean region on Earth. The findings by NASA-sponsored expeditions in the summers of 2010 and 2011 reveal a new consequence of the arctic’s warming climate and provide an important […]

Eagles On Decline In Britain For Centuries

LONDON (UPI) — Golden and sea eagle populations have been declining in the British Isles for 1,500 years because of human activity, a report released Friday said. The report in the journal Bird Study blamed habitat loss and killing by humans for the decline, The Scotsman reported. Researchers believe there were between 1,000 and 1,500 […]

Parasites Spreading Virus In Bee Colonies

HONOLULU (UPI) — U.S. and British researchers say a parasitic mite is responsible for a worldwide spread of a virus believed to cause the death of millions of honeybee colonies. Research conducted in Hawaii by scientists from the University of Hawaii and Britain’s Sheffield University showed how Varroa mites caused the so-called Deformed Wing Virus […]

U.S. Has Warmest Spring Season On Record

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The United States had the second warmest May and the warmest spring on record, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration says. NOAA scientists said the average temperature for the contiguous 48 U.S. states during May was 64.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.3 degrees above the long-term average, making it the second warmest May on […]

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