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Ice shelf protecting Antarctic glacier is breaking up faster

Jun. 11, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

A critical Antarctic glacier is looking more vulnerable as satellite images show the ice shelf that blocks it from collapsing into the sea is breaking up much faster than before and spawning huge icebergs, a new study says. The Pine Island Glacier's ice shelf loss...

Online tool aims to inform west Maui of threatening waves

Jun. 10, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — University of Hawaii researchers have developed an online tool that will inform the public when waves are expected to threaten west Maui shorelines, an area particularly prone to coastal erosion as sea levels rise. The tool can forecast high sea...

Danish lawmakers give go-ahead to built Copenhagen island

Jun. 04, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Denmark’s Parliament on Friday voted in favor of building a 20-billion-kroner ($3.3 billion) artificial island in Copenhagen that will house at least 35,000 people who will be connected to downtown by a harbor tunnel and a subway line. The approval...

Volcano erupts in Alaska's Aleutian Islands chain

May. 26, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Alaska's Aleutian Islands chain sent an ash cloud into the air that remained visible on satellite images hours later but the threat level after the late Tuesday explosive blast was reduced as activity quieted, the Alaska Volcano Observatory...

Public called on to photograph 'king tides,' flooding in NJ

May. 25, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — With some of the highest tides of the year set to arrive this week, New Jersey officials are launching a campaign to have residents document flooding in their neighborhoods and upload photos to a website that will automatically correlate them with weather and tidal...

Study: Climate change added $8 billion to Sandy's damages

May. 18, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

Climate change-triggered sea level rise added $8 billion in damage during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, one of nation's costliest weather disasters, a new study said. During Sandy — a late fall freak combination of a hurricane and other storms that struck New York and...

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks

May. 12, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a gap of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website highlighting evidence of climate change in the United States, including rising temperatures, increased ocean acidity, sea level rise, river flooding, droughts, heat waves and...

New Florida law seeks to protect state from sea level rise

May. 12, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida — one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise — will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday. ...

Thunberg: 'We will not accept' giving up on limiting warming

May. 04, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg says those in power may “have given up” on the 2015 landmark Paris climate deal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times. “We will not...

Hawaii aims to move parts of Maui road inland as seas rise

May. 04, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials have proposed moving parts of a Maui coastal highway that experts say are among the roads most vulnerable to erosion and rising sea levels in the state, but some community members say the plan doesn't go far enough. The state...