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On Florida's horizon: dust, brilliant sunsets and allergies

Jun. 15, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sunsets across Florida in the coming days could become even more spectacular, as clouds of dust from the Sahara desert sweep in across the Atlantic coast. The plume is expected to dampen storm activity but worsen air pollution, causing trouble...

Sri Lanka seeks UN help in assessing damage from ship fire

Jun. 15, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government is seeking help from the United Nations and other countries in assessing the environmental damage caused by a fire on a container ship carrying chemicals that is sinking off its capital, officials said Tuesday. The 12-day...

GM, Wabtec to develop hydrogen powered locomotives

Jun. 15, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has signed a deal to develop railroad locomotives powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and battery system. Under a nonbinding agreement with locomotive maker Wabtec Corp., GM batteries and hydrogen technology will be used in locomotives to help...

Costly frost in France attributed to climate change

Jun. 15, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say damaging frost that caused significant economic loss to France's central winegrowing region this year was made more likely by climate change. A report released Tuesday by researchers who study the link between global warming and weather...

Republicans aim again to block governor's climate strategy

Jun. 14, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature are reprising a fight from last year, passing legislation Monday to require Gov. Tom Wolf to go through them if he wants to impose a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The bill...

Advocates see special session as 2nd chance for their issues

Jun. 14, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

Advocates for different causes are hoping to get a second chance at passing a bill or securing funding in the new state budget as the Connecticut General Assembly prepares to return to the Capitol for a short special session this week. The list runs the gamut from climate...

California faces significant early season heat wave

Jun. 14, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Much of California faces an early season heat wave this week as high pressure over the Southwest expands westward. Significant heat is expected to be in full effect in Southern California on Tuesday, excluding some coastal areas, the National Weather...

Utility's green energy plan fuels debate in Kansas, Missouri

Jun. 14, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest electric company expects to make its first big investments in solar energy over the next three years and promises zero net carbon emissions in 2045. Environmentalists don’t think Evergy is moving quickly enough. Conversely, other...

Sri Lankan court grants bail to captain of fire-ravaged ship

Jun. 14, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court granted bail to the captain of a fire-ravaged container ship on Monday, hours after he was arrested by police, officials said. The ship, the MV X-Press Pearl, is sinking off the country's capital, Colombo, and causing severe...

Scientists look for link between wastewater and algae in bay

Jun. 14, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Scientists are looking for any links to dreaded algae blooms and the pumping of 215 gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay from the site of an old fertilizer plant two months ago. Scientists want to know whether the specific nutrients found in...