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USDA designates 8 NH counties as natural disaster areas

Jan. 15, 2020 7:51 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated eight counties in New Hampshire as primary natural disaster areas. The designation is in response to the fluctuating temperatures in all but two of state's counties this past year, which has left farmers with poor conditions for crops, New...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, flames from a backfire consume a hillside as firefighters battle the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Calif. The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

Jan. 15, 2020 5:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way man-made climate change keeps shattering records. “If you think you've...

A spectator wears a mask as smoke haze shrouds Melbourne during an Australian Open practice session at Melbourne Park in Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Smoke haze and poor air quality caused by wildfires temporarily suspended practice sessions for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, but qualifying began later in the morning in

Bad air doesn't stop qualifying for Australian Open

Jan. 14, 2020 5:38 AM EST

The air was considered hazardous for outdoor workers, and described as among the worst in the world. For professional tennis players, though, it was deemed to be OK for business. A thick haze enveloped Melbourne as smoke from devastating wildfires drifted over Australia’s southeast. Fine particles in the...

Sewage surging into Wisconsin waters as rain intensifies

Jan. 11, 2020 1:05 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Thirty-year-old Conner Andrews has swum in Lake Michigan since his childhood days vacationing in Door County. “It was always a huge deal for me to go to the beach and have fun there and enjoy the waves,” said Andrews, a Nashotah resident and former collegiate swimmer. These...

A Viking-era runic stone in front of the Rok Church near the Lake Vattern and the town of Odeshog, Sweden, Thursday Jan. 9, 2020. The stone dated to the 9th century could have been raised out of fear of a climate disaster, says a new study. (Jeppe Gustafsson/TT via AP)

Viking-era runestone may reflect fears of a climate disaster

Jan. 9, 2020 12:11 PM EST

Stockholm (AP) — The writing on a famous Viking-era runestone may reflect fears of an approaching climate disaster in 9th century Scandinavia, according to new research by a team of Swedish academics. The Rok stone, located near Lake Vattern in central Sweden, carries what is believed to be the longest...

In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, aerial photo, wildfires rage under plumes of smoke in Bairnsdale, Australia. Thousands of tourists fled Australia's wildfire-ravaged eastern coast Thursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south. (Glen Morey via AP)

Q&A: How climate change, other factors stoke Australia fires

Jan. 3, 2020 8:07 PM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say. And these fires are so extreme that they are triggering their own thunderstorms. Here are a few questions and answers about the science behind the Australian wildfires...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 3, 2020 9:43 AM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Effort to address to implicit bias in jury selection an important one The Day Jan. 2 A case that originated in New London could lead to changes in the way juries are selected, with the goal being to assure that defendants get a jury of their peers — not...

Charleston students to collect data for climate study

Jan. 1, 2020 2:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Students at two Charleston County elementary schools will have the opportunity to collect data and help scientists at NASA and NOAA who are analyzing data for an international climate change study. A $2,500 Department of Health and Environmental Control grant will help fund the...

Bill would require schools to have climate change lessons

Dec. 30, 2019 11:38 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill up for consideration before the New Hampshire Legislature in 2020 would require school districts to offer lessons on climate change. The House bill would require at least 10 hours of climate education or a full semester of environmental education in high school, and anywhere...

In this March 2016 photo provided by The Island Institute, Bigelow Laboratory Research Associate Brittney Honisch measures a piece of sugar kelp before harvest in Casco Bay, Maine. A group of scientists with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and farmers in northern New England are working on a plan to feed seaweed to cows to gauge whether it can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.  (Scott Sell/The Island Institute via AP)

Slippery salvation: Could seaweed as cow feed help climate?

Dec. 29, 2019 10:29 AM EST

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Coastal Maine has a lot of seaweed , and a fair number of cows. A group of scientists and farmers think that pairing the two could help unlock a way to cope with a warming world. The researchers — from a marine science lab, an agriculture center and universities in northern...