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Scientists see silver lining in fed's efforts at Lake Powell

Jan. 15, 2022 08:02 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that it plans to adjust management protocols for the Colorado River in early 2022 to reduce monthly releases from Lake Powell in an effort to keep the reservoir from dropping farther below 2021′s historic lows. ...

Deadly extreme weather year for US as carbon emissions soar

Jan. 10, 2022 13:09 PM EST

The United States staggered through a steady onslaught of deadly billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in an extra hot 2021, while the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year jumped 6% because of surges in coal and long-haul trucking, putting America further behind its 2030 climate...

How old, new I-74 bridges came to be at Illinois-Iowa border

Jan. 08, 2022 01:02 AM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Two bridges crossing the Mississippi River, spanning from the banks of Bettendorf to Moline, represent over 100 years of history. They sit close together, graceful arches butted up against dark, rigid towers. One sits empty, while the other is filled with cars crossing...

New analysis highlights warming atop Mount Washington

Jan. 06, 2022 08:30 AM EST

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A new analysis of meteorological data collected atop the Northeast’s highest peak is shedding light on how climate change is playing out in the mountains. Georgia Murray, a staff scientist at the Appalachian Mountain Club, says a shortage of data remains...

State climatologist: Texas had hottest December since 1889

Jan. 04, 2022 15:31 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Last month was the hottest December in Texas since at least 1889, state Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said. Gammon found that temperatures from Dallas through Abilene to Del Rio averaged 5 to 9 degrees above normal, according to a Texas A&M...

Hundreds block roads in Serbia against lithium mining plans

Jan. 03, 2022 10:01 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of people on Monday blocked roads in several locations in Serbia demanding that the authorities scrap any plans for lithium mining, which ecologists say would devastate the environment. Several minor incidents were reported as angry drivers sought...

Biologists discover rare mussels in St. Croix River

Dec. 29, 2021 12:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Biologists discovered a cluster of rare mussels that could be more than 100 years old in the upper St. Croix River this past summer. Wisconsin Public Radio reported Wednesday that biologists from the University of Minnesota, the Wisconsin Department of Natural...

Edward O. Wilson, biologist known as 'ant man,' dead at 92

Dec. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Edward O. Wilson, the pioneering Harvard biologist who advanced the provocative theory that human behavior such as war and altruism has a genetic basis and warned against the decline of ecosystems, has died. He was 92. Wilson was “called ‘Darwin’s natural...

Water worries in West force sports teams to get creative

Dec. 25, 2021 03:04 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks ripped out the grass at Chase Field ahead of the 2019 season, replacing it with synthetic grass. It was a business decision, but it also ended up being a water-conservation measure. The Phoenix-based major league baseball team thought it...

Herbicides in Lake Tahoe? Invasive plants provoke debate

Dec. 24, 2021 14:28 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — As invasive plants encroach on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, officials are weighing whether to use aquatic herbicides for the first time to contain their growth and prevent them from clouding the waters. Plants like curlyleaf pondweed and eurasian...