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Governments gather in Canada in bid to boost biodiversity

Dec. 06, 2022 11:07 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Amid warnings that biodiversity is in freefall, environmental leaders will gather in Montreal to hammer out measures aimed at shoring up the world's land and marine ecosystems and coming up with tens of billions of dollars to fund these conservation efforts. Delegates...

Russia: Mass seal death likely due to oxygen deprivation

Dec. 05, 2022 09:55 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian environmental official said Monday that the thousands of dead seals that washed up on Russia's Caspian Sea coast likely died from oxygen deprivation. Officials in the republic of Dagestan, which has a long coastline on the world's largest inland body of...

Spain pledges 350M euros to save Doñana wetlands

Dec. 01, 2022 14:04 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's government pledged to invest 350 million euros ($368 million) in the country's Doñana wetlands, a UNESCO world heritage site that ecologists say is dying due to the misuse of water and climate change. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced...

Catalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain

Nov. 22, 2022 11:07 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and large swathes of Spain’s northeast are going under water restrictions as a months-long drought that has devastated crops starts to put the pinch on human activities in the Mediterranean country. The measures will affect 6.7 million people,...

Despair, lack of progress at climate talks, yet hope blooms

Nov. 19, 2022 04:34 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — It’s a desert, where little grows. It’s a climate conference, where water is scarce inside buildings and out, lines are long, tempers are short, meetings go late and above all progress comes in one-drop drips. Yet hope springs forth in the...

Scientists try to bolster Great Barrier Reef in warmer world

Nov. 18, 2022 05:30 AM EST

KONOMIE ISLAND, Australia (AP) — Below the turquoise waters off the coast of Australia is one of the world’s natural wonders, an underwater rainbow jungle teeming with life that scientists say is showing some of the clearest signs yet of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef,...

Nigeria floods 80 times more likely with climate change

Nov. 16, 2022 17:09 PM EST

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Heavy rains and flooding that swamped Nigeria, Niger, Chad and the surrounding region between June and October this year was made 80 times more likely because of climate change, a rapid analysis by international climate attribution experts found. ...

Report: 90% of US counties hit with disaster in last decade

Nov. 16, 2022 06:25 AM EST

Ninety percent of the counties in the United States suffered a weather disaster between 2011 and 2021, according to a report published Wednesday. Some endured as many as 12 federally-declared disasters over those 11 years. More than 300 million people — 93% of the country’s...

Israel rushes to protect marine life as Mediterranean warms

Nov. 14, 2022 02:12 AM EST

ROSH HANIKRA MARINE RESERVE, Israel (AP) — Between the cliffs and crags of Israel’s submerged prehistoric coastline, a Mediterranean ecosystem is surging back to life. Giant groupers flourish among the rocks, a psychedelic purple nudibranch sea slug clings to an outcrop, and a...

Climate reshapes life for tenacious gannets on Quebec isle

Nov. 13, 2022 14:13 PM EST

PERCE, Quebec (AP) — On Quebec’s Bonaventure Island, the ghosts of human habitation from years past and the birds that breed there now in extraordinary numbers tell the same story: of lives lived hard in a place of fairy-tale beauty. You see this from the tender ages on the...