California floated cutting major Southwest cities off Colorado River water before touching its agriculture supply, sources say

CNN  —  In a closed-door negotiation last week over the fate of the Colorado River, representatives from California’s powerful water districts proposed modeling what the basin’s future would look like if some of the West’s biggest cities – including Phoenix and Las Vegas – were cut off from the river’s water supply, three people familiar … Read more

A showdown over Colorado River water is setting the stage for a high-stakes legal battle

CNN  —  Months of bitter negotiations between seven states that rely on the Colorado River’s vanishing water have collapsed along a clear fault line over the past week: California versus everyone else. The multi-state talks, which have been ongoing in fits and starts for months, were focused on achieving unprecedented water cuts to save the … Read more

Bill Gates backs start-up tackling cow burps and farts

CNN  —  It turns out burps can be big business. Billionaire Bill Gates has announced an investment in Australian start-up Rumin8, which is developing a seaweed-based feed to reduce the methane emissions cows produce through their burps and, to a lesser extent, farts. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. While it is shorter-lived in the … Read more

Pig kills butcher at slaughterhouse in Hong Kong

CNN  —  A butcher died while trying to slaughter a pig in Hong Kong on Friday, the city’s police said. The 61-year-old butcher, who worked in the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse on the city’s northern outskirts close to its border with mainland China, was knocked to the ground by the struggling pig and sustained a wound … Read more

These 3 solutions could turn the tide on the climate crisis, new analysis finds

CNN  —  Climate change is sending the world hurtling towards a series of catastrophic tipping points, which risk setting off feedback loops that lock the world into irreversible climate change. That’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that there is also a series of “positive tipping points,” according to an analysis published Thursday … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine sparked a historic food crisis. It’s not over

London CNN  —  Grain is once again leaving Ukrainian ports. The price of fertilizer is falling sharply. Billions of dollars in aid has been mobilized. Yet the world is still in the grips of the worst food crisis in modern history, as Russia’s war in Ukraine shakes global agricultural systems already grappling with the effects … Read more

USDA approves first-ever vaccine for honeybees

CNN  —  The United States Department of Agriculture has approved the first-ever vaccine for honeybees to prevent American foulbrood disease, a fatal bacterial disease that can destroy honeybee colonies, officials say. The USDA told CNN that it issued a conditional vaccine license to Diamond Animal Health, the collaborating manufacturer for Dalan Animal Health, on December … Read more

Maine lobstermen could get a lifeline from the federal spending bill

Washington CNN  —  Lobstermen and women could be thrown a lifeline from the annual federal spending bill after the Maine congressional delegation secured a provision that puts a six-year pause on some stronger environmental regulations. Aimed at protecting the endangered North Atlantic right whale, the regulations could require lobstermen to change the way they fish … Read more

SpaceX to launch tomato seeds, other supplies to space station

CNN  —  SpaceX will once again try to get a fresh haul of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend after bad weather at the launch site forced the company to wave off its first attempt. The mission is set to take off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:20 p.m. ET … Read more

Dwarf tomato seeds to launch to space station aboard SpaceX resupply flight

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply is set to launch this weekend, and it’ll carry a bounty of supplies, a pair of new solar arrays, dwarf tomato seeds and a range of science experiments to … Read more