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This 2014 microscope photo provided by Dr. F. Dahlke shows 1.5 mm diameter eggs of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Global warming looks like it will be a far bigger problem for the world’s fish species than scientists first thought, since a study led by Dahlke released on Thursday, July 2, 2020 shows that when fish are spawning or are embryos they are far more vulnerable to hotter water. (Dr. F. Dahlke via AP)

Fish more vulnerable to warming water than first thought

Jul. 2, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

Global warming looks like it will be a bigger problem for the world’s fish species than scientists first thought: A new study shows that when fish are spawning or are embryos they are more vulnerable to hotter water. With medium-level human-caused climate change expected by the end of the century, the...

In this June 20, 2019, photo, Dr. Greg Foy, left, and his wife Leigh Foy discuss their upcoming climate change workshop during an interview at their home in Spring Garden Township, Pa. (Dawn J. Sagert/York Dispatch via AP)

Science education standards could get rewrite

Jun. 20, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A group of educators from throughout the state aims to overhaul some of the country's oldest standards for science education, all while avoiding a protracted political dispute over climate change and evolution. Pennsylvania's science standards haven't changed since 2002, and repeated...

In this undated photo provided by the World Food Prize Foundation, Rattan Lal, a professor of soil science at The Ohio State University poses at the University in Columbus, Ohio. Lai was named the recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize on Thursday, June 11, 2020. He was recognized by the Des Moines, Iowa-based organization for his soil research which has led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil improving climate change.(World Food Prize Foundation via AP)

Ohio State University soil professor gets World Food Prize

Jun. 11, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A soil scientist whose research led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil to help combat climate change was named this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize on Thursday. Rattan Lal is a professor of soil...

FILE - Swimmers enjoy the sea and the sun at Alimos beach, near Athens, on Saturday, May 16, 2020. The quality of bathing waters in Europe remains high according to a study released by the EU environment agency on Monday, June 8, 2020, concluding that minimum water quality standards were met at 95 percent of the sites monitored across the continent last year. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis, File)

Report: European bathing water quality remains high

Jun. 8, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The quality of bathing waters in Europe remains high according to a study by the EU environment agency that found that minimum water quality standards were met at 95 percent of the sites monitored across the continent last year. The European Environment Agency, or EEA, said on Monday that...

Dead zone prediction: Larger than average; not near record

Jun. 3, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — High rivers and high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and urban runoff mean a larger than average oxygen-starved “dead zone” is likely this year in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said Wednesday. But the predicted area for an area with too little oxygen for...

This undated photo provided by Timber Press shows monarch butterflies in the University of Delaware Botanical Garden in Newark, Del., and is featured in the Douglas Tallamy book

Author urges gardeners to form one big `national park’

May. 19, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, bees...

In this Friday, April 24, 2020 photo provide by the Alfred Wegener Insitute shows the German Arctic research vessel Polarstern in the ice next to a research camp in the Arctic region. Dozens of scientists are waiting in quarantine for the all-clear to join a year-long Arctic research mission aimed at improving the models used for forecasting climate change, just as the expedition reaches a crucial phase. For a while, the international mission looked like it might have to be called off, as country after country went into lockdown because of the virus, scuppering plans to bring fresh supplies and crew to the German research vessel Polarstern that's been moored in the high Arctic since last year. (Manuel Ernst/Alfred-Wegner-Institut via AP)

Virus delay, early ice melt challenge Arctic science mission

May. 10, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — They prepared for icy cold and trained to be on the watch for polar bears, but a pandemic just wasn't part of the program. Now dozens of scientists are waiting in quarantine for the all-clear to join a year-long Arctic research mission aimed at improving the models used for forecasting...