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Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers

Jun. 24, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest...

Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers

Jun. 23, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest...

Report: Climate change means less snow for Yellowstone

Jun. 23, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park visitors hoping to see its world-renowned geysers, wolves and bears can expect warmer temperatures and less snow as climate change alters the park's environment, according to a report by U.S. and university researchers released Wednesday. ...

Western heat wave threatens health in vulnerable communities

Jun. 18, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme temperatures like the ones blistering the American West this week aren't just annoying, they're deadly. The record-breaking temperatures this week are a weather emergency, scientists and health care experts say, with heat responsible for more...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?

Jun. 17, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer. ...

Heat wave grips US West amid fear of a new, hotter normal

Jun. 16, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. Phoenix, which is seeing...

Southern California gets 2 large firefighting helicopters

Jun. 15, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Southern California fire agencies are getting two large-scale helicopters that can each carry up to 3,000 gallons (11.356 liters) of water or retardant to try to limit the spread of wildfires — and just as hot dry weather is setting in. ...

Costly frost in France attributed to climate change

Jun. 15, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say damaging frost that caused significant economic loss to France's central winegrowing region this year was made more likely by climate change. A report released Tuesday by researchers who study the link between global warming and weather...

‘Space race’ level attack on future public health crises

Jun. 12, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maureen Lichtveld’s nearly 40 years in environmental public health — from her home country of Suriname, to the U.S. government, to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast and, finally, to Pittsburgh this year — has focused on a central principle: how to prepare...

Ice shelf protecting Antarctic glacier is breaking up faster

Jun. 11, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

A critical Antarctic glacier is looking more vulnerable as satellite images show the ice shelf that blocks it from collapsing into the sea is breaking up much faster than before and spawning huge icebergs, a new study says. The Pine Island Glacier's ice shelf loss...