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Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability

Nov. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with its worst flood in over 50 years, caused by a nearly 1.9 meter (6-foot) tide that sent waist-high water flowing...

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...

Doctors: Warmer world is unhealthier place for children

Nov. 14, 2019 1:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children are growing up in a warmer world that will hit them with more and different health problems than their parents experienced, an international report by doctors said. With increasing diarrhea diseases, more dangerous heat waves, air pollution and increases in mosquito-borne...

The most destructive hurricanes are hitting US more often

Nov. 11, 2019 3:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the U.S. three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a new study. Experts generally measure a hurricane's destruction by adding up how much damage it did to people and cities. That can overlook storms that are powerful, but...

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...

Greta Thunberg call to fight global warming cheers LA rally

Nov. 2, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Greta Thunberg, Sweden's 16-year-old climate-change activist, joined fellow teenagers from throughout California Friday in telling a cheering crowd of hundreds at a Los Angeles rally that they can and will fight to save their planet from global warming. Thunberg, who has been traveling...

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...

Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds

Oct. 21, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet, a new study finds. Scientists examined 33 El Ninos — natural warming of equatorial Pacific that triggers weather extremes across the globe — since 1901. They...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates scope of cease-fire deal

Oct. 21, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...