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Vermont farmers take stock after losing crops to flooding two years in a row

Jul. 19, 2024 15:56 PM EDT

BARNET, Vt. (AP) — Exactly one year to the date of last year’s severe flooding in Vermont, Joe’s Brook Farm was flooded again by the remnants of Hurricane Beryl. This time it was worse. Workers were able to harvest some of the produce before last week's flooding, but the...

Powerful 7.4-magnitude quake strikes north Chile near Argentine border. No reports of major damage

Jul. 19, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck northern Chile near its border with Argentina late Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, shaking homes and causing power outages. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. The quake's epicenter was...

Green agendas clash in Nevada as company grows rare plant to help it survive effects of a mine

Jul. 18, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A botanist gently strokes the pollen of endangered wildflowers with a paintbrush as she tries to reenact nature inside a small greenhouse in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada. It's part of a lithium mining company's grand experiment intended to help keep an...

Crew of NASA's earthbound simulated Mars habitat emerge after a year

Jul. 07, 2024 21:26 PM EDT

The crew of a NASA mission to Mars emerged from their craft after a yearlong voyage that never left Earth. The four volunteer crew members spent more than 12 months inside NASA's first simulated Mars environment at Johnson Space Center in Houston, coming out of the artificial alien...

Firefighters make progress against California wildfire, but heat and fire risks grow in the West

Jul. 05, 2024 15:08 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters made progress Friday against a California wildfire that triggered extensive evacuation orders, but damage assessments raised the number of destroyed structures to 25, and forecasters said heat and fire risk were expanding on the West Coast. ...

A study finds Indonesia's deforested land is often left idle. But some see potential in that

Jul. 04, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Years after being felled, vast swathes of Indonesia's old-growth forests are left sitting idle. And when the land is finally put to use, it's most often for new palm oil plantations, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...

California city cancels July Fourth fireworks as firefighters battle flames amid hot weather

Jul. 03, 2024 23:23 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials in a Northern California community cancelled an annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration as an estimated 26,000 residents remained displaced by a growing wildfire, while hundreds of firefighters toiled under extreme heat to keep flames from reaching more...

Connecticut governor to replant more than 180 trees, thousands of bushes cut down behind his house

Jun. 27, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday was officially ordered by his local inland wetlands agency to replant more than 180 trees and thousands of bushes that were chopped down in November on property behind the Democrat's Greenwich home. While one of Lamont's neighbors and a...

List of threatened species grows by 1,000, but conservation efforts bring hope for some animals

Jun. 27, 2024 05:07 AM EDT

Over 45,000 species are now threatened with extinction — 1,000 more than last year — according to an international conservation organization that blames pressures from climate change, invasive species and human activity such as illicit trade and infrastructural expansion. The...

South Texas needs rain. Tropical Storm Alberto didn’t deliver enough.

Jun. 25, 2024 11:22 AM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — South Texas was prepared for a deluge. City officials distributed sandbags and planned road closures. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster before Tropical Storm Alberto, which was projected to dump up to eight inches of rain in the Rio Grande Valley....