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Flooded farmers face growing dilemma in warming world

Dec. 11, 2019 2:42 PM EST

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last year’s ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa...

Michigan townships, company reach deal over contamination

Dec. 10, 2019 8:00 PM EST

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two western Michigan townships reached a tentative settlement with a footwear company in a federal lawsuit over contaminated water, officials announced Tuesday. The tentative deal between Plainfield and Algoma townships and Wolverine World Wide calls for the company to pay...

Climate scientists try to cut their own carbon footprints

Dec. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EST

For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral. Add to that flights to Paris, Rome, Vancouver and elsewhere. All...

Activists cheer for "Greta!", urge climate action in Madrid

Dec. 6, 2019 4:32 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Activists of all ages and from all corners of the planet demanded concrete action Friday against climate change from leaders and negotiators at a global summit in Madrid. The march was led by dozens of representatives of Latin America's indigenous peoples — a mark of deference after...

Missouri teachers are schooling students on climate change

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the impacts of climate change becoming more visible, scientists and teachers across the nation are working out how to teach about the topic in the nation's classrooms. Teachers in Missouri are using real-world issues and collaboration to help their students understand the...

Study says warming world could devastate fisheries, reefs

Dec. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A study commissioned by 14 seafaring nations predicts that unchecked climate change could devastate fishery industries and coral reef tourism, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by 2050. The report to be published Friday on sidelines of a U.N. climate summit in Madrid says...

New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Dec. 4, 2019 5:12 PM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days. Compared with estimates made in 2015,...

Climate simulations are mostly accurate, study finds

Dec. 4, 2019 12:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer models used to simulate what heat-trapping gases will do to global temperatures have been pretty spot-on in their predictions, a new study found. After years of hearing critics blast the models' accuracy, climate scientist Zeke Hausfather decided to see just how good they...

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Dec. 3, 2019 10:36 AM EST

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the...

Governor seeks lake study as tribe leaves monitoring project

Dec. 2, 2019 1:46 PM EST

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s governor called for a third-party assessment of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality as a tribe that owns a third of the lake backed out of a joint monitoring project, officials said. Republican Gov. Brad Little wrote to the Coeur d’Alene...