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Greta Thunberg tells Denver rally: 'We are the change'

Oct. 11, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Young people must be prepared to continue striking to call for action on climate change for a long time and not back down, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told a climate strike rally in Denver on Friday. Thunberg said she and fellow youth activists won't beg those in power to act...

With warming, get used to blackouts to prevent wildfires

Oct. 11, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say. The Golden State already is fire-prone with lots of dry plants and woodlands — but add high winds that can knock down power...

Iowa teacher out after Facebook post about climate activist

Oct. 11, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa high school science teacher has resigned after an investigation into a social media post that appeared to threaten Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Waterloo Community Schools spokeswoman Tara Thomas said Friday that teacher Matt Baish resigned effective Thursday. The...

NASA launches satellite to explore where air meets space

Oct. 10, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA launched a satellite on Thursday night to explore the mysterious, dynamic region where air meets space. The satellite — called Icon, short for Ionospheric Connection Explorer — rocketed into orbit following a two-year delay. It was dropped from a plane flying...

Cyprus-based project to monitor Mideast emissions

Oct. 8, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A new research center to monitor greenhouse gas emissions in the east Mediterranean and the Middle East officially launched Tuesday on the island nation of Cyprus as part of efforts to tackle climate change across the vulnerable region. The 30 million-euro ($33 million) project is...

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

Oct. 6, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of fear." Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving...

Greta Thunberg addresses climate change in Iowa City

Oct. 4, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of people crowded the streets of downtown Iowa City on Friday to demand action on climate change and welcome 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Thunberg told the crowds she was stunned by the number of people who had turned out, telling them, "This is the...

Iowa teacher on leave after social media comment on Thunberg

Oct. 4, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa high school science teacher has been placed on administrative leave after he made what appeared to be a threatening social media comment about 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The Waterloo Community School District said Friday in an emailed statement that the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 4, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: So-called "climate change" is mostly driven by factors unrelated to...

Environmental groups push for removing Colorado River dam

Oct. 1, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental groups that have long pushed to bring down a huge Colorado River dam along the Arizona-Utah border are suing the federal government. They say in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ignored climate science when...