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Surprise Yellowstone geyser eruption highlights little known hazard at popular park

Jul. 24, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A surprise eruption of steam in a Yellowstone National Park geyser basin that sent people scrambling for safety as basketball-sized rocks flew overhead has highlighted a little-known hazard that scientists hope to be able to predict someday. The hydrothermal...

Monday breaks the record for the hottest day ever on Earth

Jul. 24, 2024 15:54 PM EDT

Driven by oceans that won't cool down, an unseasonably warm Antarctica and worsening climate change, Earth's record hot streak dialed up this week, making Sunday, then Monday, the hottest days humans have measured, according to the European climate service. There's a good chance that...

UN cultural agency rejects plan to place Britain's Stonehenge on list of heritage sites in danger

Jul. 24, 2024 12:30 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The United Nations’ cultural agency rejected recommendations Wednesday to place Stonehenge on the list of endangered world heritage sites over concerns that Britain’s plans to build a nearby highway tunnel threaten the landscape around the prehistoric monument. ...

The flickering glow of summer's fireflies: too important to lose, too small to notice them gone

Jul. 24, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

DELAWARE SEASHORE STATE PARK, Del. (AP) — On a muggy July evening, Delaware state biologist Jason Davis is doing what kids have done for ages: Trying to catch a firefly. It's nowhere near as easy as the summer evenings of his own childhood, with only a few in this large wetland between a bay and...

NASA telescope spots a super Jupiter that takes more than a century to go around its star

Jul. 24, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A super Jupiter has been spotted around a neighboring star by the Webb Space Telescope — and it has a super orbit. The planet is roughly the same diameter as Jupiter, but with six times the mass. Its atmosphere is also rich in hydrogen like...

Floods and climate change blamed for surge in dengue in the Emirates as WHO warns of global spike

Jul. 24, 2024 10:33 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Since the United Arab Emirates witnessed its heaviest recorded rainfall ever three months ago, the desert nation has issued a multitude of warnings about dengue which, activists say, has surged and struck hardest among the vast populations of laborers. ...

Volunteering would feel good even if it didn't have health benefits. But it does

Jul. 24, 2024 10:14 AM EDT

After retiring from 35 years as a teacher, Jeff Kellert began volunteering as a tutor and helped with monthly dinners at his synagogue. Later, he got certified to lead support groups every other week for the National Mental Health Alliance, an organization for relatives of people...

Vietnam allows big companies to buy clean energy directly to meet their climate targets

Jul. 24, 2024 07:23 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam will let electricity-guzzling factories buy electricity from wind and solar power producers, helping big companies like Samsung Electronics meet their climate targets and relieving pressure on the country's overstrained grid. The government decree...

Last Sunday was Earth's hottest day in all recorded history, European climate agency says

Jul. 23, 2024 21:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Sunday, the Earth sizzled to the hottest day ever measured by humans, yet another heat record shattered in the past couple of years, according to the European climate service Copernicus Tuesday. Copernicus' preliminary data shows that the global average...

Surprise blast of rock, water and steam in Yellowstone sends dozens running for safety

Jul. 23, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A surprise eruption in Yellowstone National Park shot steam, water and dark-colored rock and dirt high into the sky Tuesday and sent sightseers running for safety. The hydrothermal explosion happened around 10 a.m. in Biscuit Basin, a collection of hot springs...