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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the sun shines through clouds above a shale gas drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Trump's EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

Aug. 13, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is undoing Obama-era rules designed to limit potent greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier...

Two firms picked to host Lake Mead dives to WWII plane

Aug. 11, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The National Park Service has selected two companies to provide the guided dives to the World War II plane that is submerged in Lake Mead. Las Vegas Scuba and Scuba Training and Technology will be the only companies allowed to host divers who want to see the plane. The B-29 Superfortress...

This July 2015 photo taken by University of Ottawa glaciology professor Luke Copland shows Canadian Ice Service ice analyst Adrienne White taking a photo of cracks of the Milne Ice Shelf, which just broke apart.  The Milne ice shelf was on of the Arctic's few remaining intact ice shelves, but at the end of July 2020 about 43% broke off. Scientists say that without a doubt it's man-made global warming. (Luke Copland via AP)

Canada's last intact ice shelf collapses due to warming

Aug. 7, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

Much of Canada's remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada's 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country's last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice...

Visitors wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Tourists have returned to the popular seaside town in a state that ranks one of the lowest in the nation in positive cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine gov: State needs 10% spending trims due to pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The departments have until Aug. 19 to submit their proposals to the administration of Gov. Janet Mills, the Bangor Daily...

This photo taken July 13, 2020 at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park shows a stretch of the lake's northeast shore looking north from Sand Harbor toward Incline Village, Nev.  Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity took a dive last year, worsening by about 8 feet during an especially cold and wet winter as sedimentation, algae growth and a tiny invasive shrimp continue to pose restoration challenges. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).

Lake Tahoe's fluctuating clarity worsens amid wet winter

Jul. 31, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe’s fluctuating clarity got worse last year during an especially cold and wet winter as sedimentation, algae growth and a tiny invasive shrimp continued to pose restoration challenges for the famed clear water of the mountain lake straddling the California-Nevada line. The...

A bumblebee flies near a lavender bush in the International Peace Gardens in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, July 17, 2020.  A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the last two decades. The Deseret News reports the find by the U.S. Geological Survey will help inform a species status assessment to begin this fall by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which may ultimately add the insect to its endangered species list.(Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

Dramatic decline found in Western bumblebee populations

Jul. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the last two decades. The find by the U.S. Geological Survey will help inform a species status assessment to begin this fall by...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020 file grab taken from video provided by Russian Emergency Ministry, shows a Russian Emergency Ministry's Beriev plane BE-200 Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft releasing water in the Trans-Baikal National Park in Buryatia, southern Siberia, Russia. The U.N. weather agency is warning that average temperatures in Siberia came in 10 degrees Celsius (18 Fahrenheit) above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle. The high heat has also contributed to the rapid depletion of ice sea coverage off the Russian Arctic coast. World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said the Arctic is heating more than twice as fast as the global average. WMO says the extended heat is linked to a large “blocking pressure system” and northward swing of the jet stream. (Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

Siberian heatwave: Wildfires rage in Arctic, sea ice melts

Jul. 24, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency warned Friday that average temperatures in Siberia were 10 degrees Celsius (18 Fahrenheit) above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle and contributed to a rapid depletion in ice sea off Russia's Arctic...

Wealthier neighborhoods can claim a greater share of pollution primarily because they have larger homes.

Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor

Jul. 20, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

Rich Americans produce nearly 25% more heat-trapping gases than poorer people at home, according to a comprehensive study of U.S. residential carbon footprints. Scientists studied 93 million housing units in the nation to analyze how much greenhouse gases are being spewed in different locations and by income,...

In this photo released by MHI, an H-IIA rocket with United Arab Emirates' Mars orbiter Hope lifts off from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, southern Japan Monday, July 20, 2020. A United Arab Emirates spacecraft rocketed away Monday on a seven-month journey to Mars, kicking off the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. (MHI via AP)

UAE's Amal spacecraft rockets toward Mars in Arab world 1st

Jul. 20, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A United Arab Emirates spacecraft rocketed into blue skies from a Japanese launch center Monday at the start of a seven-month journey to Mars on the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. The liftoff of the Mars orbiter named Amal, or Hope, starts a rush to fly to Earth’s...

Omran Sharaf, the project director for the Emirates' Hope space probe to Mars, speaks on his mobile phone at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, July 19, 2020. A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying a United Arab Emirates Mars spacecraft has been placed on the launch pad for Monday's scheduled liftoff for the Arab world's first interplanetary mission, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Japan rocket carrying UAE Mars probe ready for Monday launch

Jul. 19, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying a United Arab Emirates Mars spacecraft has been placed on the launch pad for Monday's scheduled liftoff for the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission, officials said Sunday. The launch of the orbiter — named “Amal” in Arabic, or...