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Administrator at Australian university picked to lead URI

Apr. 13, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A top administrator at an Australian University was named the new president at the University of Rhode Island. Marc B. Parlange, provost and senior vice president of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, who was born in Rhode Island,...

Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

Apr. 13, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030....

European lawmakers, executives urge US to halve emissions

Apr. 13, 2021 07:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of European lawmakers, business executives and union leaders on Tuesday urged the United States to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the coming decade compared with 2005 levels. Ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden's climate summit with world...

Eighth-grader wins contest to name Wyoming supercomputer

Apr. 12, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming middle school student has won a contest to name one of the world's fastest supercomputers. The new machine will be named “Derecho,” after a type of weather event that can bring hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, the Boulder,...

Ghost forests are creeping along NC’s coast

Apr. 12, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

EAST LAKE, N.C. (AP) — Dead. Pale. Devoid of limbs. No, not the stars of horror stories, but families of trees sprawled across America’s East Coast that are being swallowed by swarms of salty ocean water. Scientists call them “ghost forests”...

Rhode Island governor signs climate change bill into law

Apr. 10, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A wide-ranging climate bill that requires Rhode Island to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “With four hundred miles of coastline, urban and rural coastal communities, fishing and...

How pandemic, hurricane season threatened whooping cranes

Apr. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Perennially endangered and for decades absent from these marshy wetlands, Louisiana’s whooping cranes can add another milestone to their long journey back from the brink of extinction: They survived 2020. Fewer than 700 whooping cranes exist in...

Washington state Senate OKs carbon-cap legislation

Apr. 09, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Democratic-led Senate has passed two key pieces of Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a plan to put a price on carbon pollution and a measure that would require fuel producers and importers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with gasoline and other...

US envoy Kerry discusses climate challenges in Bangladesh

Apr. 09, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — John Kerry, the special U.S. envoy on climate, said Friday that President Joe Biden is eager to work with Bangladesh in dealing with the impact of climate change after the United States' return to the Paris accord. Kerry arrived in Bangladesh's...

Legislation to fight sea level rise goes to Florida governor

Apr. 08, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation hailed as some of the most robust yet to defend U.S. coasts against sea level rise is headed to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a proposal that would provide millions of dollars annually to communities threatened with losing ground to rising oceans because of...