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Missouri teachers are schooling students on climate change

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the impacts of climate change becoming more visible, scientists and teachers across the nation are working out how to teach about the topic in the nation's classrooms. Teachers in Missouri are using real-world issues and collaboration to help their students understand the...

Study says warming world could devastate fisheries, reefs

Dec. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A study commissioned by 14 seafaring nations predicts that unchecked climate change could devastate fishery industries and coral reef tourism, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by 2050. The report to be published Friday on sidelines of a U.N. climate summit in Madrid says...

Department of Energy, university to research carbon capture

Dec. 4, 2019 5:04 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal energy agency has announced plans to partner with the University of Wyoming for further research on how to trap carbon dioxide before it leaks into the atmosphere. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Energy and university researchers plan to...

Climate simulations are mostly accurate, study finds

Dec. 4, 2019 12:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer models used to simulate what heat-trapping gases will do to global temperatures have been pretty spot-on in their predictions, a new study found. After years of hearing critics blast the models' accuracy, climate scientist Zeke Hausfather decided to see just how good they...

Global carbon pollution continues to rise, but more slowly

Dec. 3, 2019 7:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world continues to increase the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide it pumps into the air, but it’s not rising as fast as in the previous couple years. Led by big jumps from China and India, the world is projected to spew 40.57 billion tons (36.8 billion metric tons) of...

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Dec. 3, 2019 10:36 AM EST

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the...

University of Illinois joins campaign against climate change

Dec. 2, 2019 5:48 PM EST

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has joined more than 200 higher-education institutions worldwide in a letter declaring a climate emergency ahead of a major United Nations global warming conference in Madrid. The SDG Accord is an effort by colleges and universities to support global...

Climate change study targets problems in Alaska communities

Dec. 2, 2019 9:34 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The greatest environmental threats to Alaska Native communities include erosion, flooding and thawing permafrost, a new study found. The study results issued last month found the environmental hazards continue to worsen because of climate change, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported...

Science warnings, US retreat add urgency to UN climate talks

Nov. 30, 2019 11:45 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Mass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming. Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris...

Correction: Europe-Space story

Nov. 29, 2019 11:58 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about the European Space Agency, The Associated Press provided an incorrect U.S. dollar conversion for the 12.5 billion euros pledged by the agency’s member countries for its three-year budget period. That is about $13.7 billion, not $13.7 million. A corrected...