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India wants to hook its population onto clean energy by boosting rooftop solar

Feb. 22, 2024 06:17 AM EST

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Just a few years ago, someone who wanted to install a rooftop solar connection in India faced getting multiple approvals, finding a reliable company to install the panels and spending heavily before seeing the first surge of clean energy. But that's...

Presidential disaster declaration approved for North Dakota Christmastime ice storm

Feb. 21, 2024 11:39 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Joe Biden has approved North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's request for a major disaster declaration related to a Christmastime ice storm that toppled power lines and left thousands of people without power. Burgum's office announced the approval...

More than $400 million needed for western Afghanistan to recover from October earthquake, UN says

Feb. 21, 2024 07:15 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than $400 million is needed for western Afghanistan to recover and rebuild after a devastating earthquake last October that killed around 2,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday. The magnitude 6.3 quake on Oct. 7, one of the most destructive in the...

Landslide in eastern Afghanistan leaves at least 5 people dead and 25 missing, Taliban official says

Feb. 19, 2024 22:24 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A landslide triggered by heavy rain and snowfall buried more than two dozen houses in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five people and leaving more than 20 others missing, a provincial official said Monday. The landslide Sunday night destroyed or damaged more...

4.7 magnitude earthquake outside of small Texas city among several recently in area

Feb. 17, 2024 14:11 PM EST

FALLS CITY, Texas (AP) — An earthquake of 4.7 magnitude that struck early Saturday morning near a small Texas city, one of several that have occurred in the area in recent days, could be felt dozens of miles away, including in San Antonio. There were no immediate reports of major...

It's time for Northeast to prep for floods like those that hit this winter. Climate change is why

Feb. 15, 2024 00:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — After back-to-back storms lashed the Northeast in January, rental properties Haim Levy owns in coastal Hampton, New Hampshire, were hammered by nearly two feet of water, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and causing him to evacuate tenants to safer...

Federal audit finds 'a lot of work remains' in Puerto Rico's hurricane and earthquake recovery

Feb. 13, 2024 17:35 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is trudging through reconstruction work after two devastating hurricanes and a string of strong earthquakes, and has spent less than 10% of more than $23 billion in available federal funds, according to a U.S. government report released Tuesday. ...

Winter storm system hits eastern New Mexico, headed next to Texas Panhandle and central Oklahoma

Feb. 11, 2024 14:34 PM EST

The remnants of a slow-moving atmospheric river storm that pummeled California last week delivered the first notable snowfall of the season across eastern New Mexico, with the National Weather Service warning Sunday of snowpacked and icy roads as the system headed toward the Texas Panhandle and...

Summer-like conditions with record temperatures lead to first Wisconsin tornadoes in February

Feb. 09, 2024 20:39 PM EST

EVANSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The first tornadoes ever recorded in Wisconsin in the usually frigid month of February tore through mostly rural areas on a day that broke records for warmth, setting up the perfect scenario for the type of severe weather normally seen in the late spring and summer. ...

Record rainfall, triple-digit winds, hundreds of mudslides. Here's California's storm by the numbers

Feb. 07, 2024 19:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The slow-moving atmospheric river that was finally moving out of California on Wednesday unleashed record rainfall, triple-digit winds and hundreds of mudslides. Here is the historic storm by the numbers: ___ DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ...