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Winter weather in Pacific Northwest cuts power to thousands in Seattle, dumps snow on Cascades

Dec. 02, 2023 15:11 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Winter weather brought high winds and snow to parts of the Pacific Northwest, knocking out power in some areas and dumping fresh snow across the Cascade Range. Thousands of households were without power Saturday morning in the greater Seattle area after a night of...

Maui officials on standby to stop heavy rains from sending ash into storm drains

Nov. 29, 2023 23:13 PM EST

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Maui officials were on standby Wednesday to prevent ash from August's deadly wildfire in Lahaina from flowing into storm drains after forecasters said a winter storm could bring heavy rain and strong winds to the island. The National Weather Service said...

How did humans get to the brink of crashing climate? A long push for progress and energy to fuel it

Nov. 27, 2023 00:04 AM EST

Amidst record-high temperatures, deluges, droughts and wildfires, leaders are convening for another round of United Nations climate talks later this month that seek to curb the centuries-long trend of humans spewing ever more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. For hundreds of...

A strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia with no immediate reports of casualties or damages

Nov. 21, 2023 23:42 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong, deep undersea earthquake shook the eastern side of Indonesia on Wednesday with no immediate reports of casualties or damages in the area. The 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit an area 94 kilometers (58 miles) west of Tobelo in Indonesia's North Maluku...

Official says girl dead, woman rescued and five are missing as search continues after Alaska landslide

Nov. 21, 2023 18:53 PM EST
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Official says girl dead, woman rescued and five are missing as search continues after Alaska landslide.

Extreme weather can hit farmers hard. Those with smaller farming operations often pay the price

Nov. 19, 2023 08:43 AM EST

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Justin Ralph estimates he's made about 200 trips delivering grain from the fields he farms with his brother and uncle this year. They're accustomed to using their four semi-trucks to take the harvest from a total of about 800 acres each of corn, soybeans and wheat to market....

Mississippi loosens its burn ban after more rain and less wildfires

Nov. 15, 2023 18:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Recent rain has helped improve drought conditions enough for Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to partially lift a statewide burn ban. Reeves, the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said the burn ban will be lifted as of...

It's not yet summer in Brazil, but a dangerous heat wave is sweeping the country

Nov. 15, 2023 14:37 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It’s still spring in Brazil, but a dangerous heat wave is sweeping across large swathes of the country, forcing Rio de Janeiro’s vendors off the streets due to health alerts and driving up energy demand amid reports of power outages. Most Brazilian states...

Worsening warming is hurting people in all regions, US climate assessment shows

Nov. 14, 2023 23:32 PM EST

Revved-up climate change now permeates Americans’ daily lives with harm that is “already far-reaching and worsening across every region of the United States," a massive new government report says. The National Climate Assessment, which comes out every four to five years, was...

UVM honors retired US Sen. Patrick Leahy with renamed building, new rural program

Nov. 10, 2023 12:35 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is being honored by the University of Vermont with a new program dedicated to solving challenges faced by rural communities, such as access to broadband and clean water, and mitigating the stresses of extreme weather brought on by climate...