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Court leaves dwindling paths for Biden's climate mission

Jul. 01, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500 days into his presidency, Joe Biden's hope for saving the Earth from the most devastating effects of climate change may not quite be dead. But it's not far from it. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday not only limited the Environmental...

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

Jun. 30, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said...

Climate change means more mice, demand for pest control

Jun. 28, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At her home in Rockford, Illinois, Rita Davisson said the “one or two” mice she normally sees during the waning winter months “have turned into more like 10 or 15” in the last couple years, and scientists say the warmer weather might have something to do with it. ...

Sweltering streets: Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

Jun. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit...

Summer swelter: Persistent heat wave breaks records, spirits

Jun. 24, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

From the normally chilly Russian Arctic to the traditionally sweltering American South, big swaths of the Northern Hemisphere continued to sizzle with extreme heat as the start of summer more resembled the dog days of August with parts of China and Japan setting all-time heat records Friday. ...

Water receding slowly in flood-hit northeast Bangladesh

Jun. 23, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Water levels were slowly receding Thursday in major rivers in Bangladesh's flood-hit northeast, bringing hopes of relief to millions of Bangladeshis, but woes continued in India’s northeast, where 5.5 million people remained affected, officials said. Up...

Nevada Supreme Court ruling shakes up groundwater rights

Jun. 22, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Supreme Court ruling on Thursday has set new precedent for how the state can manage groundwater in areas with severe drought. In a 4-3 ruling issued Thursday to settle a water dispute in Diamond Valley, a rural Eureka County farm area, the court said...

Cement carbon dioxide emissions quietly double in 20 years

Jun. 22, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

Heat trapping carbon dioxide emissions from making cement, a less talked about but major source of carbon pollution, have doubled in the last 20 years, new global data shows. In 2021, worldwide emissions from making cement for buildings, roads and other infrastructure hit nearly 2.9...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Jun. 22, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 17, 2022. Editorial: Did climate change kill 2,000 Kansas cows? Farmers can’t afford to ignore science Extreme weather conditions that caused thousands of cattle to perish in Kansas feedlots this past weekend may or may not have been caused by...

Climate change a factor in 'unprecedented' South Asia floods

Jun. 22, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) — Scientists say climate change is a factor behind the erratic and early rains that triggered unprecedented floods in Bangladesh and northeastern India, killing dozens and making lives miserable for millions of others. Although the region is no stranger to...