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Scientists say Florida Keys coral reefs are already bleaching as water temperatures hit record highs

Jul. 21, 2023 21:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Some Florida Keys coral reefs are losing their color weeks earlier than normal this summer because of record-high water temperatures, meaning they are under stress and their health is potentially endangered, federal scientists said. The corals should...

For the third time this week, Earth sets an unofficial heat record. What’s behind those big numbers?

Jul. 07, 2023 15:47 PM EDT

Earth's average temperature set a new unofficial record high on Thursday, the third such milestone in a week that already rated as the hottest on record and what one prominent scientist says could be the hottest in 120,000 years. But it's also a record with some legitimate scientific...

National Grid to pay $5.38M for damages caused by Gloucester Gas Light Company

Jul. 07, 2023 13:21 PM EDT

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — National Grid agreed to pay $5.38 million to state and federal agencies to resolve claims over environmental damage caused by the defunct Gloucester Gas Light Company, officials said Friday. Hazardous chemicals released by the plant, which operated from...