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Dreaming of summer peaches? Some gardening tips for growing a peach tree in many climates

Feb. 20, 2024 09:52 AM EST

I planted my first peach tree last June, five months before Pantone named Peach Fuzz the 2024 color of the year. How serendipitous! Today peachy tones are showing up everywhere, from TV backdrops to home furnishings, clothing and brand logos. But for me, it’s not about the trend...

Are these groundcovers tough enough for lawns and gardens in dry climes?

Feb. 13, 2024 11:55 AM EST

Growing a lush lawn in the desert can feel like a losing battle. With the proper care, the warm-season Bermuda, zoysia and bahia grasses can hold up fairly well during summer, but when the weather cools enough to actually enjoy those lawns, they transform into a dormant carpet of straw. ...

Summer-like conditions with record temperatures lead to first Wisconsin tornadoes in February

Feb. 09, 2024 20:39 PM EST

EVANSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The first tornadoes ever recorded in Wisconsin in the usually frigid month of February tore through mostly rural areas on a day that broke records for warmth, setting up the perfect scenario for the type of severe weather normally seen in the late spring and summer. ...

The number of monarch butterflies at their Mexico wintering sites has plummeted this year

Feb. 07, 2024 15:49 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies at their wintering areas in Mexico dropped by 59% this year to the second lowest level since record keeping began, experts said Wednesday, blaming heat, drought and loss of habitat. The butterflies’ migration from Canada and...

Better equipment and communications are among Maui police recommendations after Lahaina wildfire

Feb. 05, 2024 22:36 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly six months after a wildfire destroyed the historic town of Lahaina, the Maui Police Department said Monday it is working on improving its response to future tragedies, including by obtaining better equipment and stationing a high-ranking officer in the island's...

46 reported dead in Chile as forest fires move into densely populated central areas

Feb. 04, 2024 05:54 AM EST

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Intense forest fires burning around a densely populated area of central Chile have caused at least 46 deaths, Chile's president said Saturday evening, and officials said at least 1,100 homes had been destroyed. In a nationally televised address,...

Kenya's leader wants a paved road to cut through a forest, a key water source. Scientists don't

Feb. 03, 2024 11:32 AM EST

ABERDARE RANGE, Kenya (AP) — In a dense layer of green thousands of feet above sea level, cedar, podo and hegeina trees pattern the landscape, thick moss hanging from their branches and feathery lichen attached to their barks. Numerous streams and rivers flow between them, plunging over steep...

Company seeking to mine near Okefenokee will pay $20,000 to settle environmental violation claims

Jan. 24, 2024 15:21 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The company seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and its vast wildlife refuge has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine to Georgia environmental regulators, who say the company violated state laws while collecting soil samples for its permit...

Federal officials consider adding 10 more species, including a big bumble bee, to endangered list

Jan. 24, 2024 14:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials announced Wednesday they will consider adding 10 new species to the Endangered Species Act, including a big bumble bee that serves as a key pollinator across the United States. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said they had...

Flash floods inundate homes and overturn cars in San Diego as heavy rains sweep through much of US

Jan. 22, 2024 20:51 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Flash floods inundated homes and overturned cars in San Diego on Monday as torrential rain swept through a large swath of the U.S., toppling trees and overflowing streets across California. Early morning flooding hit the town of Guerneville, north of San Francisco,...