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Whaling logs yield clues for modern-day climate studies

Jul. 16, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Cobblestone streets lead to the New Bedford Whaling Museum where Abigail Field is seated in the library, isolated from the heat and humidity, the blazing sun reduced to a creamy vanilla by the drawn blinds. At 21, Field, a history major at the University of Massachusetts...

Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

Jul. 16, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in an attempt to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European Commission...

Activists block UK roads in new climate-change protests

Jul. 15, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Environmental protesters have blocked roads in London and four other British cities in a new wave of demonstrations demanding faster action against climate change. Hundreds of supporters of the group Extinction Rebellion, along with a blue boat bearing the words "Act Now," blocked the street...

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

26 swift water rescue teams get new equipment

Jul. 14, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As hurricane season bears down, several swift water rescue teams in North Carolina have received new equipment that will help them save people in disasters. State officials said in a news release that 26 teams recently received new gear, thanks to more than $2 million in funding from...

Heating up: Hotter Earth drives dollars to sustainable funds

Jul. 14, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — This year is on pace to be one of the hottest on record, again, and the trend may only accelerate as President Donald Trump loosens policies meant to combat climate change. That has some investors feeling anger, but others are seeing dollar signs. They're envisioning profits made by...

Climate change forum loses sponsor after dispute over story

Jul. 13, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A planned forum on climate change for Democratic presidential candidates lost several major sponsors on Saturday in the wake of the left-leaning magazine The New Republic publishing — and later retracting — a vulgar and homophobic story related to gay presidential contender...

Carbon tax proposal gaining steam on Beacon Hill

Jul. 13, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill designed to rev up the state's reliance on renewable energy by imposing a charge on carbon emissions is gaining steam at the Massachusetts Statehouse. Under the proposal, the state would set a fee based on each ton of carbon dioxide emissions produced by fossil fuels. The tax would...

'It's powerful': Tropical storm starts lashing Louisiana

Jul. 12, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Homeowners sandbagged their doors and tourists trying to get out of town jammed the airport Friday as Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in, threatening an epic drenching that could test how well New Orleans has strengthened its flood protections in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina....

Southern California entering first heat wave of the summer

Jul. 12, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is warming up in the first significant heat wave of the season following an early summer marked by June Gloom that carried on into July. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for a long swath of the region Friday morning and will keep it in effect until...