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After long absence "dancing birds" return to western Montana

Oct. 23, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Sometime in the next few years, some lucky people might witness an annual ritual that disappeared decades ago in western Montana. It will happen as the dawn breaks over grasslands south of Missoula or near Drummond or in the Blackfoot Valley. ...

Study says tech firms underreport their carbon footprint

Oct. 22, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Large technology companies such as SAP, IBM and Google are underreporting their greenhouse gas emissions at a time of heightened scrutiny over the role of corporations in driving climate change, a study released Friday claimed. Research published in the...

US: More threats, more desperate refugees as climate warms

Oct. 21, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Earth's warming and resulting natural disasters are creating a more dangerous world of desperate leaders and peoples, the Biden administration said Thursday in the federal government's starkest assessments yet of security and migration challenges facing the United...

Study: Only 2% of global giving goes to curb climate change

Oct. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

Global philanthropic spending to help halt climate change grew last year — but still remains less than 2% of all giving, according to a new report from the ClimateWorks Foundation. That’s a really low number, especially as the detrimental effects of climate change...

Study: Warming climate means shortages on Pecos River

Oct. 20, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal water managers warned Wednesday that like other basins across the western U.S., the Pecos River Basin in New Mexico is likely to experience growing water shortages as temperatures continue to rise over the next century. The U.S. Bureau...

New Mexico finishes tests of wells for Air Force chemicals

Oct. 19, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental protection officials have wrapped up testing of nearly five dozen private wells near a U.S. Air Force base on the eastern side of the state for so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can be toxic to humans and animals. ...

In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Oct. 16, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way. “That will be...

Lava flow from Spanish island volcano likened to a tsunami

Oct. 15, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The second 4.5 magnitude earthquake in two days rattled the Spanish island of La Palma on Friday, officials said, as scientists described a gushing river of molten rock from an erupting volcano as “a true lava tsunami.” The two quakes were the...

Court rejects fired physicist's intellectual freedom claim

Oct. 13, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court Wednesday dismissed an intellectual freedom claim by a university physicist who was fired in part over his public statements that scientists exaggerated damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by climate change. Five...

Wildlife biologists studying migration of the American shad

Oct. 10, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state wildlife biologists are participating in an ongoing study of the American shad — a fish that spends more of its life in the ocean, but returns to fresh water to spawn. During these migrations, shad must travel long distances, and can...