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Louisiana flood victims owed over $300 million sue state

Mar. 24, 2020 4:59 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A group of Louisiana flood victims who have been owed over $300 million for the past decade have filed a lawsuit against the state for failure to pay. The Advocate reports that Tangipahoa Parish home and small business owners who flooded in 1983 filed the lawsuit in U.S. District...

In this Thursday, March 12, 2020, Ed Hopkins, assistant climatologist with the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, approaches the shoreline of Lake Monona on the East Side of Madison, Wis. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Ice watcher carries on 165-year tradition on Madison lakes

Mar. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It’s 48 degrees, and Ed Hopkins is looking for ice. There’s no shortage of it here along the shore of Maple Bluff, but a pair of eagles perched several hundred yards out hint at open water. According to custom, the lake is considered frozen until you can row a boat the...

Teton Raptor Center scientist has brain and heart for birds

Mar. 22, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — In every single image on his Facebook profile, Bryan Bedrosian shares the frame with a bird. The photographs find him posing behind the outstretched wings of an eagle, clutching a raven by its tail feathers, cradling an owl in both arms. The man loves his avians. For nearly two decades...

Group to study removing dam on Cheat River

Mar. 20, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

KINGWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia group plans to study removal of the only dam on the Cheat River. The DTE Foundation awarded Friends of the Cheat $100,000 to study removing the Albright Power Station dam, which created a pool that fed the cooling towers of the now decommissioned coal-fired plant, The...

NASA grant will help Maine scientist study wildfire effects

Mar. 16, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has given $300,000 to a Maine professor to study whether an instrument on the International Space Station can help predict the effects of wildfires. Andrew Barton, a University of Maine at Farmington biology professor, has been...

FILE - This June 1, 2019, file photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, shows the rare desert wildflower Tiehm's buckwheat in the Silver Peak Range about 120 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. An Australian mining company says its pursuit of a huge lithium deposit in Nevada is critical to accelerating the manufacture of electric vehicles and reducing greenhouse gases. Opponents argue the mine can't be built without causing the extinction of the only native population of the rare desert wildflower known to exist in the world. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)

Who's greener? Mine fight pits electric cars against flower

Mar. 7, 2020 12:27 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The rare Tiehm's buckwheat stands less than a foot tall (30 centimeters) in Nevada's rocky high desert, its thin, leafless stems adorned with tiny yellow flowers in spring. To the Australian company that wants to mine lithium beneath the federal land where it grows, the perennial herb is...

As Wisconsin lakes warm, walleye are feeling the heat

Mar. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EST

Arguably the most prized fish in Wisconsin, walleye hold a cultural significance that reaches far beyond being a thrilling fish to catch and a delicious fish to eat for the spear fishers and recreational anglers who harvest them. But walleye populations have been declining for the better part of two decades. ...

FILE - This satellite image provided by NASA on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 shows wildfires in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia. Climate change raised the chances of Australia’s extreme fire season by at least 30%, according to a study released Wednesday, March 4, 2020, by climate scientists at the World Weather Attribution group. (NASA via AP)

Hotter climate upped risk of Australia's record fires by 30%

Mar. 4, 2020 12:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change raised the chances of Australia’s extreme fire season by at least 30%, according to a study released Wednesday by climate scientists at the World Weather Attribution group. Scientists from Australia, Europe and North America calculated just how much human-caused...

FILE - In this April 30, 2015 file photo, a man fishes along the receding banks of the Salton Sea near Bombay Beach, Calif. Scientists say that half of the world's sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Half of world's sandy beaches at risk from climate change

Mar. 2, 2020 2:49 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say that half of the world's sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches have changed over the past 30 years...

FILE - In this April 11, 2018 file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Farmers, environmentalists, tribal leaders and public utility officials are eagerly awaiting a federal report due Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, that could decide the fate of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios,File)

Feds reject removal of 4 US Northwest dams in key report

Feb. 28, 2020 7:50 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort tosave threatened and endangered salmon, saying such a dramatic approach would destabilize the power grid, increase overall...