Group clones California’s huge trees

In this May 23, 2016 photo, arborist Jim Clark inches up a giant sequoia to collect new growth from its canopy in the southern Sierra Nevada near Camp Nelson, Calif. Clark volunteers with Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a nonprofit group that collects genetic samples from ancient trees and clones them in a lab to be planted in the forest. The group believes the giant sequoias and costal redwoods are blessed with some of the heartiest genetics of any trees on earth and that propagating them will help reverse climate change. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

CAMP NELSON, Calif. (AP) — At the foot of a giant sequoia in California’s Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease.

Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels

In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 photo a charging station, center, at the Sandia Peak Inn along Albuquerque's Route 66 sits behind an American Indian statue, in N.M. Route 66, a highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is seeing a growing number of electric car charging stations along the 2,500-mile path, and some states are even pushing for solar panels and electric buses. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic U.S. highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs and 1957 Cadillacs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green.

New York experiments with tiny “micro” apartments

This undated photo provided by Quinn shows the inside of a home in the micro apartment building Carmel Place in New York. (Monadnock Development via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s first “micro” apartment complex is open for business, challenging the limits of minimalist living. What the tiny dwellings lack in square footage, they try to make up for in amenities.

California surfers ‘fort’ is coming down

This July 12, 2016, photo shows a stone structure at Rocky Point in Lunada Bay in the tiny, seaside city of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. The days are numbered for the "Stone Fort," created by a territorial group of surfers known as the Bay Boys, erected illegally decades ago as part of their sustained battle to keep rival wave-riders from some of the best breaks in Southern California. The city, under pressure from the California Coastal Commission and others, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 ordered the structure torn down amid complaints that its only purpose is as a staging area from which the Bay Boys can gather to harass other surfers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — The days appear numbered for the “Stone Fort,” a venerable edifice that was illegally erected decades ago by a group of surfers and became a beachhead in their ongoing war to keep outsiders away from some of the best waves in Southern California.

Push to create Utah monument marks latest land fight

This June 22, 2016, photo, the "House on Fire" ruins are shown in Mule Canyon, near Blanding, Utah. These Anasazi ruins are found along a canyon hiking path in a dry river bed. They are one of an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites within a 1.9-million acre area of Utah's red rock country that a coalition of American Indian tribes and environmentalists want President Barack Obama to designate as a national monument to ensure protections of lands considered sacred. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah.


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