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EU warns of dire climate season ahead with droughts, fires

Jul. 07, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive warned on Thursday that the continent is facing one of its toughest years when it comes to natural disasters like droughts and wildfires because of increasing climate change. With extremely dry weather hitting several Mediterranean...

Tuna catch dries up for Kenya's local fisherfolk

Jul. 07, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

VANGA, Kenya (AP) — “Tuna is not for everyone,” lamented 65-year-old Chapoka Miongo, a handline fisher on Kenya’s south coast, from his dugout canoe. He's one of many artisanal fishers in Shimoni, a bustling coastal town 82 kilometers (51 miles) south of Mombasa, dotted with...

Iran's outdoor painters seek to capture, preserve old Tehran

Jul. 07, 2022 02:27 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran residents accustomed to seething at slow-moving traffic, sweltering in summer heat and suffocating in smog may be surprised to find a growing number of outdoor painters reveling in the Iranian capital’s historic charm. The overcrowded metropolis may be...

Yellowstone flooding reveals forecast flaws as climate warms

Jul. 07, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Yellowstone National Park area's weather forecast the morning of June 12 seemed fairly tame: warmer temperatures and rain showers would accelerate mountain snow melt and could produce “minor flooding." A National Weather Service bulletin recommended moving livestock...

Knock-knock. Are any ivory-billed woodpeckers out there?

Jul. 06, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put off a decision about whether ivory-billed woodpeckers are extinct, announcing Wednesday that it's adding six months to review information, including a month of public comment. “We are aware that there have been surveys or...

Governor signs $1.2B water plan as Arizona faces cutbacks

Jul. 06, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will provide $1.2 billion over three years to boost long-term water supplies for the desert state and implement conservation efforts that will see more immediate effects. The legislation that was hammered out...

Granholm, actor Robert Downey Jr. boost clean energy jobs

Jul. 06, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department is teaming with actor Robert Downey Jr. to recruit up to 1,000 new workers focused on climate change and clean energy. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday released a video with the “Iron Man” actor encouraging applicants from...

Dutch airline KLM sued over alleged 'greenwashing'

Jul. 06, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Several environmental groups have launched legal action against Dutch airline KLM over advertisements that promoted flying as a sustainable form of travel. Netherlands based campaigners Fossielvrij NL, supported by Reclame Fossielvrij and environmental lawyers from...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 06, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 4 The Washington Post says that, after the abortion ruling, digital privacy is more important than ever In the 21st century, our phones might know we are pregnant before the people...

OPEC secretary-general dies, just weeks shy of departure

Jul. 06, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has died, Nigerian authorities and the oil cartel announced Wednesday. Only hours before his death, he'd met with Nigeria's president and spoken in defense of the energy industry amid increasing...