Guns and Lizards: Arrest warrant leads to reptile seizure

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles.

Authorities say they arrested three people, including the woman, in a filthy New Castle County apartment Friday. All three face gun and drug charges, as well as charges of endangering a 3-year-old found in the apartment.

Study finds slowdown in ocean circulation

The Washington Post

A study in the Nature Climate Change periodical documents a slowdown in circulation in the world’s oceans -– particularly the North Atlantic Gulf Stream  -– and warns the changes have the potential to cause destructive rises in sea level in the future, The Washington Post reports.

Experts warn African elephant numbers likely to decline

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A high rate of elephant poaching in parts of Africa was unchanged in 2014 compared to the previous year, meaning that a continued decline in elephant numbers is likely, according to a study released Monday at a conservation meeting in Botswana.

A report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which is known as CITES and regulates wildlife trade, said poaching rates of elephants in areas that are being monitored still exceed their natural birth rates.

Pope: Earth's water must be protected, available to everyone

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging the world to ensure its water supplies are protected and available to all.

Francis noted the United Nations was marking Sunday as an occasion to draw attention to water's importance.

First wood bison head for release in southwest Alaska

PORTAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first of 100 wood bison aimed at re-establishing a species that went extinct more than a century ago in Alaska were flown Sunday to a rural village.

Thirty 30 juveniles age 2 or younger were loaded into specially designed "bison boxes," and trucked from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage to Anchorage. They made a one-hour flight to Shageluk and arrived at about 1 p.m.

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state's energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state's hydroelectric dams for the year.

Spring is arriving with the Pacific Northwest measuring near record-low-snowfall, and much of the rest of the West below average. But what California is experiencing is historically low snowpack — a meager accumulation that has serious implications not only for the state but potentially for the entire West if the drought not just of water, but of snow, persists.

California won’t run out of water, state officials say

Los Angeles Times

Despite there being no end in sight to the drought in California, officials -- taking issue with recent comments from a NASA scientist -- said the state won’t run out of water, given conservation measures, the likelihood of some precipitation and the ability to draw on groundwater supplies, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ethiopian gov't burns 6.1 tons of ivory to discourage poaching

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Black smoke billowed into the air of the Ethiopian capital Friday as 6.1 tons of illegal elephant tusks, ivory trinkets, carvings and various forms of jewelry went up in flames on a wooden pyre. Government officials had started the blaze to discourage poaching and the ivory trade.

Ethiopia becomes the second African country this year to burn its ivory stockpile as global efforts increase for the conservation of elephants, a vulnerable species whose numbers are quickly dwindling as they are killed for their ivory tusks.

Alaska prepares for wood bison return after a century

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials are preparing to release North America's largest land mammal into its native U.S. habitat for the first time in more than a century.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Sunday plans to begin moving wood bison from a conservation center south of Anchorage to the village of Shageluk, the staging area for the animals' release into the Innoko Flats about 350 miles southwest of Fairbanks.

UN warns world could have 40 percent water shortfall by 2030

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.

Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050, more groundwater will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption.


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