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In this photo taken Aug. 8, 2016, Jody, a chimp who lives at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest near Cle Elum, Wash., holds some plants as she sits in an outside play area. Sanctuaries across the country are preparing for an influx of retired private lab chimpanzees, now that the federal government has stopped backing experiments on humankind's closest relatives. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Sanctuaries across US prepare for influx of lab chimpanzees

A Dora the Explorer-themed banner, paper plates full of fruit and a bevy of troll dolls make up the decorations at a special birthday party in Washington state. Staffers drum up excitement by letting out a series of groans, and a group of chimpanzees behind a separating wall replies in ...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015, file photo, the boat docks are seen at the Great Salt Lake at Antelope Island, in Utah, December 29, 2015. More than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot on the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea nearby. The massive lake, key to the Utah's economy and identity, is skirting record low levels after years of below-average participation and record heat. (Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

Officials to tour Utah's drought-stricken Great Salt Lake

On the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea. North of the nearly empty marina, salt-loving bacteria thriving in the low water has turned the liquid pink. The massive lake, ...

In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, speaks with his wife, Priscilla Chan, as they rehearse for a speech in San Francisco. Zuckerberg and Chan have a new lofty goal: to cure, manage or eradicate all disease by the end of this century. To this end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the couple's philanthropic organization, is committing significant financial resources over the next decade to help accelerate basic science research. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $3B to end disease

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a goal that's even more ambitious than connecting the entire world to the internet: He and his wife want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century. Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are committing $3 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate ...

FILE - This March 23, 2016, file photo shows a broken sign at the entrance to the Malheur National Wildlife refuge outside of Burns, Ore. Hundreds of national wildlife refuges that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and other species are crippled by a staffing shortage that has curtailed educational programs, hampered the fight against invasive species and weakened security at facilities that attract nearly 50 million visitors annually, a group of public employees and law enforcement said Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Report: Staff shortages hamper US wildlife refuges

Hundreds of national wildlife refuges that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and other species are crippled by a staffing shortage that has curtailed educational programs, hampered the fight against invasive species and weakened security at facilities that attract nearly 50 million visitors annually, a group of public employees and ...

In this photo provided by Michael Bevis, The Ohio State University, the Greenland Global Positioning System (GPS) Network (GNET)  in Greenland. Greenland is losing about 40 trillion pounds more ice a year than scientists had thought, according to a new study that uses GPS to help estimate how much is melting there. A team of scientists used all sorts of devices to measure how much the ground is uplifting under Greenland’s melting ice sheet and found it is more than scientists had thought. (Michael Bevis, The Ohio State University via AP)

Greenland ice loss 40 trillion pounds bigger than thought

Greenland is losing about 40 trillion pounds more ice a year than scientists had thought, according to a new study that used GPS to help estimate how much is melting. So instead of losing on average 550 trillion pounds of ice each year between 2003 and 2013, Greenland lost about ...

In this Feb. 20, 1962 file photo, an elder warrior with a stone axe over his shoulder stands over the Baliem Valley in the central mountain range of Papua New Guinea. New research published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 suggests that the genetic ancestry of people living outside Africa can be traced almost completely to a single exodus of humans from that continent long ago. But some native islanders of Papua New Guinea may also carry a tiny legacy from an earlier exit. (AP Photo)

Human DNA tied mostly to single exodus from Africa long ago

The genetic ancestry of people living outside Africa can be traced almost completely to a single exodus of humans from that continent long ago, new studies suggest. Still, a tiny legacy from an earlier exit may persist in some native islanders in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. That's the conclusion from ...

Ugandan wildlife dying in national park from drought

A Ugandan wildlife official says scores of animals have died in a national park because of drought. Jossy Muhangi, a spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority, said Wednesday that animals including zebras and some antelopes in Lake Mburo National Park have been dying of hunger or thirst. He said animals ...

FILE - In this July 30, 2015, file photo, a fireman talks on his walkie talkie as he and his team battle peatland fire on a field in Pemulutan, South Sumatra, Indonesia. Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean authorities have dismissed research that smoky haze from catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia last year caused 100,000 deaths. Some even contend the haze caused no serious health problems, but experts say those assertions contradict well-established science. Others say governments should not dismiss the study even if the estimated deaths are arguable. (AP Photo, File)

Nothing to see here: Southeast Asia flummoxed by haze study

Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean authorities have dismissed research that smoky haze from catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia last year caused 100,000 deaths. Some even contend the haze caused no serious health problems, but experts say those assertions contradict well-established science. Last year's fires in Sumatra and the Indonesian part of ...

Mexico closes 7 sawmills in monarch butterfly reserve

Mexican environmental authorities say they have closed seven sawmills operating illegally in the forest reserve that serves as the wintering ground for monarch butterflies that migrate to Mexico from the United States and Canada. No logging is permitted in the reserve's core zone, but loggers have tried to cut trees ...

FILE- In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, an artwork entitled 'One Heart One Tree' by artist Naziha Mestaoui is displayed on the Eiffel tower ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Paris. At least 20 countries are expected to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change this week, greatly improving the pact’s chances of coming into force just a year after it was negotiated in the French capital, U.N. officials say.  (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

UN says 30 more countries to ratify climate deal

Thirty more countries are expected to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change this week, greatly improving the pact's chances of coming into force just a year after it was negotiated in the French capital, the United Nations said Tuesday. More than 170 world leaders have signed the deal, ...

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