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Life gradually returns a year after fire chars Sierra Nevada

Aug. 11, 2022 00:14 AM EDT

LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) — The flames fade away. Firefighters extinguish the last embers. A final curl of smoke uncoils in the wind. A wildfire in the California wilderness has come to an end, and what’s left behind is a blackened landscape of skeletal pines and leafless oaks,...

Rhine River could fall below critical mark, risking industry

Aug. 10, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Water levels on the Rhine River could reach a critically low point in the coming days, German officials said Wednesday, making it increasingly difficult to transport goods — including coal and gasoline — as drought and an energy crisis grip Europe. Weeks...

Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters'

Aug. 10, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Landfills are releasing far more planet-warming methane into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste than previously thought, a study suggests. Scientists used satellite data from four major cities worldwide — Delhi and Mumbai in India, Lahore in...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Aug. 10, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Aug. 8 The Wall Street Journal on Trump's Senate nominees: Donald Trump now has the Senate nominees he wanted to win Republican primaries. We’ll soon learn if they can win in November, or...

Lawmakers in India pass energy conservation bill

Aug. 10, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — India took another step toward meeting its climate goals Tuesday when lawmakers in parliament’s lower house approved legislation that would require greater use of renewable energy and force industrial polluters to pay a price for the carbon they emit. The...

Officials: high tide flooding more common as sea levels rise

Aug. 10, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said high tide flooding has become more common as sea levels rise and is affecting residents of coastal towns and states. Floods that used to only occur during large storms now occur more regularly from...

'We're back, baby': New bill boosts US climate credibility

Aug. 10, 2022 05:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a moment when hopes dimmed that the United States could become an international leader on climate change, legislation that Congress is poised to approve could rejuvenate the country’s reputation and bolster its efforts to push other nations to reduce greenhouse gas...

Blinken calls for end to Congo violence, backs negotiations

Aug. 09, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that his country will support the efforts led by Kenya and Angola to put an end to the violence in Congo’s east and to help solve the central African nation’s crisis with Rwanda. Blinken traveled to...

Study connects climate hazards to 58% of infectious diseases

Aug. 08, 2022 21:14 PM EDT

Climate hazards such as flooding, heat waves and drought have worsened more than half of the hundreds of known infectious diseases in people, including malaria, hantavirus, cholera and anthrax, a study says. Researchers looked through the medical literature of established cases of...

In dry California, salty water creeps into key waterways

Aug. 08, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

RIO VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Charlie Hamilton hasn't irrigated his vineyards with water from the Sacramento River since early May, even though it flows just yards from his crop. Nearby to the south, the industrial Bay Area city of Antioch has supplied its people with water from the San...