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These Olathe middle schoolers want to fix the planet

Nov. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Middle schoolers in the Kansas City area are paying close attention to Greta Thunberg and other youth climate activists making waves across the world. They're also proposing their own solutions for global warming. "I like to see kids taking action about what might happen in the...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Nov. 12, 2019 12:10 AM EST

XINING, China (AP) — There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of...

Minnesota researchers to amass spleens as deer season begins

Nov. 6, 2019 6:37 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife researchers will be collecting deer spleens this weekend as the state's main deer hunting season begins. The Department of Natural Resources' researchers are hoping to harvest at least 800 of the organs from whitetail deer killed by hunters for a study that...

Italy making climate change courses mandatory for schools

Nov. 6, 2019 1:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian schoolchildren's ABCs might soon become ABCCs. Italy's education minister says weekly climate change lessons are being made mandatory for the nation's public school students. Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti tweeted Wednesday that his nation will be the first country in the world to make...

Geologists testing water from new Hawaii volcano crater lake

Oct. 30, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Federal geologists are examining samples of water from a growing pond in a Hawaii volcano's crater. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory used a drone to collect water samples from a growing lake in Kilauea volcano's crater, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald...

UN climate leaders scramble after Chile unrest cancels talks

Oct. 30, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chile's abrupt decision Wednesday to withdraw as host of the United Nations' top climate conference leaves organizers scrambling for a second time to find a venue for the leading strategy sessions on global warming. The annual U.N. conference has become the go-to place for diplomats and...

Study triples population at risk of climate-triggered floods

Oct. 29, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people threatened by climate change-triggered flooding is about three times higher than previously thought, a new study says. But it's not because of more water. It's because the land, especially in Asia and the developing world, is several feet lower than what space-based...

Scientists focus on Wiregrass in quest for tornado knowledge

Oct. 26, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Tornado researchers want to know more about how tornadoes form from squall lines in the Wiregrass region of Alabama and Georgia. That part of the South is of interest to Chris Weiss, a professor of atmospheric science at Texas Tech University, The Dothan Eagle reported. He's one of the...

Swarm of sea urchins wreaks destruction on US West Coast

Oct. 24, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Tens of millions of voracious purple sea urchins that have already chomped their way through towering underwater kelp forests in California are spreading north to Oregon, sending the delicate marine ecosystem off the shore into such disarray that other critical species are starving to...

One of Europe's last untamed rivers is threatened by dams

Oct. 22, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

ALONG THE VJOSA RIVER (AP) — Under a broad plane tree near Albania's border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River's many springs. "There is nothing else better than the river," the retired schoolteacher says. "The Vjosa gives beauty to our village." The Vjosa is...