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Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm water

Sep. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful in less than a day. This turbocharging of storms is likely to become even more...

Vulnerable Tampa Bay braces for storm not seen in a century

Sep. 26, 2022 20:28 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It’s been more than a century since a major storm like Hurricane Ian has struck the Tampa Bay area, which blossomed from a few hundred thousand people in 1921 to more than 3 million today. Many of these people live in low-lying neighborhoods that are...

Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth

Sep. 22, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When an undersea volcano erupted in Tonga in January, its watery blast was huge and unusual — and scientists are still trying to understand its impacts. The volcano, known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the...

Fuel firms should pay for climate harm, UN leaders told

Sep. 20, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

Rich energy companies should be forced to fork over some windfall profits to aid victims of climate change and offset rising fuel and food costs, the U.N. Secretary-General told world leaders Tuesday. The fossil fuel industry, which is responsible for a large share of planet-warming...

Scientists track how huckleberries fare in changing climate

Sep. 17, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Huckleberries are highly sought after, but the coveted mountain fruit was difficult to find across much of northern Idaho and eastern Washington this year. Pickers were able to locate some productive plants and patches, but they frequently encountered healthy...

Warming, other factors worsened Pakistan floods, study finds

Sep. 16, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

Climate change likely juiced rainfall by up to 50% late last month in two southern Pakistan provinces, but global warming wasn’t the biggest cause of the country’s catastrophic flooding that has killed more than 1,500 people, a new scientific analysis finds. Pakistan’s overall...

UN sums up climate science: world heading in wrong direction

Sep. 13, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — With weather disasters costing $200 million a day and irreversible climate catastrophe looming, the world is “heading in the wrong direction,” the United Nations says in a new report that pulls together the latest science on climate change. The World...

Economists, activists call for $100B climate fund in Germany

Sep. 13, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Economists, scientists and environmental campaigners called Tuesday for the German government to create a 100 billion-euro ($100-billion) fund for tackling climate change. Marcel Fratzscher, the president of the German Institute for Economic Research, said the money...

'Clairvoyant' 2012 climate report warned of extreme weather

Sep. 12, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

Record high temperatures in urban Europe as heat waves bake the planet more often. Devastating floods, some in poorer unprepared areas. Increasing destruction from hurricanes. Drought and famine in poorer parts of Africa as dry spells worsen across the globe. Wild weather worldwide getting stronger...

California: Drought, record heat, fires and now maybe floods

Sep. 10, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians tried to weather the extremes of a changing climate Friday, as a punishing heat wave that has helped fuel deadly wildfires had the state teetering on the edge of blackouts for a 10th consecutive day while a tropical storm barreled ashore with the promise of cooler...