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California unlikely to run short of electricity this summer thanks to storms, new power sources

May. 25, 2023 21:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — California regulators say the state is unlikely to run out of electricity this summer because of a big increase in power storage and a wet winter that filled the state's reservoirs enough to restart hydroelectric power plants that were dormant during the drought. ...

UN conference raises less than $1 billion for climate-wracked Horn of Africa in major disappointment

May. 24, 2023 19:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A high-level U.N. conference on Wednesday raised less than $1 billion of the more than $5 billion organizers were hoping for to help over 30 million people in the Horn of Africa cope with a major climate crisis and mass displacement after years of conflict, a major...

Italy OKs aid mega-package for flooded north, with museum ticket surcharge to help pay for it

May. 23, 2023 11:52 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Tuesday approved more than 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in aid for the flood-stricken region of Emilia-Romagna in the north, including for farmers and business owners in one of the country's most productive regions. The government is...

Breakthrough proposal would aid drought-stricken Colorado River as 3 Western states offer cuts

May. 22, 2023 20:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arizona, Nevada and California said Monday they’re willing to cut back on their use of the dwindling Colorado River in exchange for money from the federal government -- and to avoid forced cuts as drought threatens the key water supply for the U.S. West. The $1.2...

Arizona, California, Nevada propose deal to reduce their use of drought-stricken Colorado River, avoid forced cuts

May. 22, 2023 11:11 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona, California, Nevada propose deal to reduce their use of drought-stricken Colorado River, avoid forced cuts.

Italy's deadly floods just latest example of climate change's all-or-nothing weather extremes

May. 19, 2023 12:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The floods that sent rivers of mud tearing through towns in Italy’s northeast are another drenching dose of climate change's all-or-nothing weather extremes, something that has been happening around the globe, scientists say. The coastal region of Emilia-Romagna was...

Incredible shrinking lakes: Humans, climate change, diversion costs trillions of gallons annually

May. 18, 2023 14:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change 's hotter temperatures and society's diversion of water have been shrinking the world's lakes by trillions of gallons of water a year since the early 1990s, a new study finds. A close examination of nearly 2,000 of the world's largest lakes found...

France moves to ban smoking in woodlands to combat growing climate-related risk of mega fires

May. 18, 2023 12:22 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers have voted to ban smoking in all forests and woods during the fire season, part of a series of proposed measures to tackle growing destruction and dangers from climate change-related blazes. National Assembly lawmakers voted 197-0 in a first reading...

Iran warns Afghanistan's Taliban rulers not to violate its water rights, over Helmand River

May. 18, 2023 07:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president warned Afghanistan's Taliban rulers on Thursday not to violate water rights of the Iranian people over their shared Helmand River, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.. President Ebrahim Raisi said his government is determined to defend...

Exceptional rains in drought-struck northern Italy kill 8, cancel Formula One Grand Prix

May. 17, 2023 20:49 PM EDT

CASTEL BOLOGNESE, Italy (AP) — Exceptional rains Wednesday in a drought-struck region of northern Italy swelled rivers over their banks, killing at least eight people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and prompting officials to warn that Italy needs a national plan to combat climate...