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Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

Apr. 19, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday with 40 world leaders, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on climate change efforts not only in...

Winners of $20M contest make concrete to trap carbon dioxide

Apr. 19, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Organizers of a $20 million contest to develop products from greenhouse gas that flows from power plants announced two winners Monday ahead of launching a similar but much bigger competition backed by Elon Musk. Both winners made concrete that...

Spearfish native journeys into polar regions for research

Apr. 19, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — A Spearfish native has worked her way up to a pretty cool job — literally. Jennifer Mercer has worked her way from Antarctica to the Arctic Ocean, doing atmospheric and snow studies. Now, she’s the Acting Section Head for the Arctic Sciences...

Tupelo meteorologist talks fame and faith in tornado alley

Apr. 18, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, WTVA’s chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan was terrified of severe weather. His childhood home in Russell, Kansas, was across the street from a tornado siren. When the city tested them every Monday,...

Google Earth adds time lapse video to depict climate change

Apr. 15, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world. The tool unveiled...

Administrator at Australian university picked to lead URI

Apr. 13, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A top administrator at an Australian University was named the new president at the University of Rhode Island. Marc B. Parlange, provost and senior vice president of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, who was born in Rhode Island,...

Eighth-grader wins contest to name Wyoming supercomputer

Apr. 12, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming middle school student has won a contest to name one of the world's fastest supercomputers. The new machine will be named “Derecho,” after a type of weather event that can bring hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, the Boulder,...

Business faces tricky path navigating post-Trump politics

Apr. 11, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set of interests with the...

Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in US West

Apr. 06, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study released Tuesday that concludes the situation is worsening. ...

Hawaii study offers design changes to fight climate change

Apr. 05, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A new study from the University of Hawaii's School of Architecture has offered detailed short- and long-term design alterations that could help the state combat the effects of climate change. Scientists have warned that Hawaii could face a rise of up to...