Latest Atmospheric science News

Many online climate change lessons are actually junk

May. 15, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she'd never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit's hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. "It is a pretty scary topic to take on," said Allen, a teacher at Sanford Junior...

Is sea rise wrecking coastal home values? The answer: Maybe

May. 14, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone's guess. Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming...

UN chief says 'total disaster' if warming not stopped

May. 8, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general said the world must dramatically change the way it fuels factories, vehicles and homes to limit future warming to a level scientists call nearly impossible. That's because the alternative "would mean a catastrophic situation for the whole world,"...

AP Interview: Trump playbook a guide for German right

May. 8, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's new right could take a page out of U.S. President Donald Trump's populist playbook when it comes to winning support ahead of this month's European elections, says the co-leader of the Alternative for Germany party. Alice Weidel, a 40-year-old economist known for her stinging attacks...

UN climate chief warns current path leads to 'catastrophe'

Apr. 25, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed-up and scale-up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to "a catastrophe. Patricia Espinosa stressed in two recent interviews with the Associated...

Major emperor penguin breeding ground gone barren since 2016

Apr. 24, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica's second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found. Usually 15,000 to 24,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins flock yearly to a breeding site...

Americans' energy use surges despite climate change concern

Apr. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in consumption from booming natural gas helping to lead the way, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. Overall consumption of all kinds of fuels rose 4% year on year, the largest such increase in eight years, a...

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska's warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people because they can carry and transmit pathogens, said Micah Hahn,...

Meteorologist sues station that fired him over alleged slur

Apr. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York TV meteorologist accused of using a racial slur in reference to Martin Luther King Jr. while on air has filed a lawsuit against the station that fired him. Jeremy Kappell worked for WHEC in Rochester and was fired in January after apparently referring to a local...

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists

Apr. 13, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents...