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Extinction: Last chance to save ‘rhinos of the oceans’

Extinction: Last chance to save ‘rhinos of the oceans’

Science
Conservationists say a key wildlife summit could be the "last chance saloon" for saving sharks and rays pushed to extinction by the shark fin trade.About 100 million sharks are estimated to be killed each year for their fins and meat.On Sunday, countries will discuss giving more species of sharks and rays protection under wildlife trade rules.These include mako sharks and the little-known "rhino rays".Wedgefish and guitarfish are collectively known as "rhino rays", because of their elongated snouts. They are now the most endangered marine fish group, according to a recent scientific assessment. "With this new science just come out, fresh in everyone's minds a month ago, on these wedgefish and guitarfish, it's clearly last chance ...
Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet’s reefs

Largest-of-its-kind coral study offers plan to save the planet’s reefs

Science
Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A new survey of coral communities -- the largest of its kind, according to the research team -- has offered a roadmap for protecting Earth's reefs. The international team of scientists, including researchers with conservation groups, government agencies, and universities, identified three main strategies that can be quickly enacted to save reefs from climate change and human impacts. To identify where and how to save reefs, researchers measured coral abundance on more than 2,500 reefs along the coasts of 44 countries in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Their analysis proved a majority of reefs host functioning coral communities with a diverse and architecturally complex cover of species. After the El Niño event that lasted from 2014 to 2017, which triggered the largest cor
Ashes 2019: Steve Smith leaves England facing battle to save first Test

Ashes 2019: Steve Smith leaves England facing battle to save first Test

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Men's Ashes: First Specsavers Test, Edgbaston (day four of five)Australia 284 (Smith 144, Broad 5-86) & 487-7 (Smith 142, Wade 110)England 374 (Burns 133) & 13-0England target: 398ScorecardYet another Ashes century from Australia's Steve Smith, his second of the match, left England facing a huge battle to save the first Test at Edgbaston.In his first Test since returning from a ban for his part in the ball-tampering scandal, the former captain added 142 to his first-innings 144.With Matthew Wade moving into Smith's slipstream for 110...
New state programs, like California’s, make it easier for workers to save for retirement

New state programs, like California’s, make it easier for workers to save for retirement

Finance
When 27-year-old Ramon Gonzales was looking for a new job eight months ago, having access to a retirement plan was high on his list of priorities.Now Gonzales, the floor supervisor for the production team at Red Bay Coffee, has that ability to save.That's thanks to CalSavers, California's automatic individual retirement account plan, which officially started in July.The program offers employees of small businesses and other companies that do not offer a retirement plan the opportunity to save through the state's new program. California now requires employers with five or more employees to either join CalSavers or begin offering their own retirement plan.That will give an estimated 7.5 million California workers a retirement savings plan option. About 55 million Americans nationwide do not ...
Live in these cities if you want to save plenty of cash

Live in these cities if you want to save plenty of cash

Finance
Walter B. McKenzie | Getty ImagesWhere you live can have a big impact on whether you're able to amass a security nest egg.Experts generally recommend you have at least six months' cash on hand in case you lose your job or have a medical or other emergency.However, data from personal finance website Bankrate show that there are cities where you're more likely to stash away that rainy day fund — and others where it's nearly impossible to get out of the red.Cities were ranked based on housing costs, such as mortgage, insurance and property taxes. Other expenses, such as groceries, health care, transportation and utilities, were also factored in.Memphis came up on top. The city's residents can save more on an annual basis than they need in their six-month emergency savings fund, according to B