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Solar wing jammed on NASA spacecraft chasing asteroids

Oct. 28, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is debating whether to try to fix a jammed solar panel on its newly launched Lucy spacecraft, en route to explore an unprecedented number of asteroids. The problem cropped up shortly after the spacecraft's Oct. 16 liftoff on a 12-year...

Exxon CEO denies spreading disinformation on climate change

Oct. 28, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — ExxonMobil’s chief executive said Thursday that his company “does not spread disinformation regarding climate change″ as he and other oil company chiefs countered congressional allegations the industry concealed evidence about the dangers of it. ...

Report: Dutch govt missing climate targets, must act faster

Oct. 28, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government must urgently take more action to rein in emissions of greenhouse gases, an independent advisory body said Thursday, warning that climate targets set by the government are currently “out of sight.” The report by the...

Study: 10 UNESCO forests emit more C02 than they soak up

Oct. 28, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Sites containing some of the world’s most treasured forests, including the Yosemite National Park and Indonesia's Sumatra rainforest, have been emitting more heat-trapping carbon dioxide than they have absorbed in recent years, a U.N.-backed report said. ...

Is it OK to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic?

Oct. 28, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Is it OK to go trick-or-treating during the pandemic? It depends on the situation and your comfort level, but there are ways to minimize the risk of infection this Halloween. Whether you feel comfortable with your children...

US companies announce plans for gene-edited strawberries

Oct. 28, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho company that successfully brought genetically modified potatoes to the market announced an agreement Thursday to help a California-based plant breeding company grow strawberries they say will stay fresh longer and have a longer growing season. ...

'Thin' Pacific island teams at COP26 spark fears of inequity

Oct. 28, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Only four Pacific islands will be represented by their leaders at upcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, with most island nations forced to send smaller teams. The development has sparked fears that the voices of...

Turkey's Lake Tuz dries up due to climate change, farming

Oct. 28, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

KONYA, Turkey (AP) — For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual...

EXPLAINER: Why are schools revisiting gifted education?

Oct. 28, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

New York City officials announced plans this month for its school system, the country’s largest, to phase out its program for gifted and talented students. The screening test the city has given to 4-year-olds used to identify gifted and talented students had drawn...

Net zero goals aren't the solution, says India before COP26

Oct. 27, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The solution to climate change is not setting net zero carbon emissions targets as dozens of nations have done, India's federal environment minister said. Instead, rich countries need to acknowledge their “historic responsibility" for emissions and...