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New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

May. 10, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden White House is launching an effort to unearth past problems with the politicization of science within government and to tighten scientific integrity rules for the future. A new 46-person federal...

Aberdeen approves study on transporting Missouri River water

May. 05, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Officials in a northeastern South Dakota city are looking into the possibility of getting some of its water from the Missouri River. The Aberdeen City Council has approved a study on the feasibility of installing a raw transmission pipeline from an...

Republicans ask why White House removed climate scientist

May. 04, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Republicans are asking the White House for documents to explain why a scientist appointed by the Trump administration was removed from her post overseeing a government-wide report on climate change. Betsy Weatherhead, a career scientist named...

22 endangered turtles released at DuPage County preserves

May. 02, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly two dozen young endangered turtles have been released into the wild at a suburban Chicago nature preserve. Twenty-two Blanding’s turtles were released Wednesday at the Forest Preserves of DuPage County as part of a decades-long effort to...

NJ teacher suspended after profane Floyd comments to class

May. 01, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school teacher has been suspended with pay after profanity-laced comments to students in his class about George Floyd, the man killed by a Minneapolis police officer. A recording aired by WNBC-TV shows Dickinson High School...

People of color more exposed than whites to air pollution

Apr. 29, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

Across America, people of color are exposed to more air pollution than whites from industry, vehicles, construction and many other sources, a new study has found. Using government air pollution and census data, researchers found that disproportionate numbers of non-white...

Satellites show world's glaciers melting faster than ever

Apr. 28, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Glaciers are melting faster, losing 31% more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier, according to three-dimensional satellite measurements of all the world’s mountain glaciers. Scientists blame human-caused climate change. Using 20...

Mayors ask Biden to be included in climate migration study

Apr. 22, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The mayors of a dozen major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York and San Diego, are asking President Joe Biden to consult them as the administration studies how to identify and resettle people displaced directly or indirectly by drought, rising seas and other...

World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts

Apr. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of Russia and China put aside their raw-worded disputes with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday long enough to pledge international cooperation on cutting climate-wrecking coal and petroleum emissions in a livestreamed summit showcasing America's return to...

The Latest: Mayors ask Biden for consult on climate migrants

Apr. 22, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Joe Biden's global climate summit (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The mayors of a dozen major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York City and San Diego, are asking President Joe Biden to consult them as...