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FILE - Sea ice breaks apart as the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica traverses the Northwest Passage through the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in a Friday, July 21, 2017 file photo.  The National Snow and Ice Data Center's figures Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 show that sea ice last week was only 1.4 million square miles when it reached its annual low mark for the summer. In the 1980s it was always at least 1 million square miles more. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Warming shrinks Arctic Ocean ice to 2nd lowest on record

Sep. 21, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

Ice in the Arctic Ocean melted to its second lowest level on record this summer, triggered by global warming along with natural forces, U.S. scientists reported Monday. The extent of ice-covered ocean at the North Pole and extending further south to Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia reached its summertime low...

This combination of photos shows a firefighter at the North Complex Fire in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, left, and a person using a flashlight on flooded streets in search of their vehicle, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Pensacola, Fla. In the past week, swaths of the country have been burning and flooding in devastating extreme weather disasters. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Gerald Herbert)

Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes

Sep. 19, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

America's worsening climate change problem is as polarized as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires because of it, while the much wetter East keeps...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with reporters before boarding a plane at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Biden is en route to Kissimmee, Fla., for a campaign event. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Pre-debate, Biden studying Trump's past comments

Sep. 15, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Joe Biden says he’s begun preparing for presidential debates that begin later this month by studying President Donald Trump’s past comments. “I haven’t been doing mock debates very much...

President Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on the western wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

Sep. 14, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states' Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from becoming more frequent and destructive, but scientists and others on the front lines say it's not as simple as blaming either climate change or the way land...

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, for a briefing on wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump spurns science on climate: 'Don't think science knows'

Sep. 14, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in historic West Coast infernos and renewed his unfounded claim that failure to rake forest floors and clear dead...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires affecting western states, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Untidiness vs. climate change: Candidates on wildfire causes

Sep. 14, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

Another record wildfire season in the West put climate change atop the presidential campaign agenda Monday. Here’s a look at President Donald Trump's and rival Joe Biden’s sharply different stands on the culprit behind worsening wildfires. CLIMATE CHANGE Biden in a speech Monday said climate change...

Scientists focusing on climate issues claim 3 Balzan prizes

Sep. 14, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Three scientists focusing on climate issues were among the winners of this year’s Balzan Prize, which recognizes scholarly and scientific achievements, organizers said Monday. Susan Trumbore was recognized for her ‘’outstanding contributions’’ to the study of...

Members of the Mormon Hot Shots from Arizona lay hose line down rugged terrain off Highway 39 near Crystal Lake in front of the Bobcat Fire, which has burned more than 23,000 acres, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

Latest: Washington governor blames climate change for fires

Sep. 11, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 3:30 p.m. SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the fires devastating California and the Northwest shouldn’t be called wildfires, but “climate fires.” At a news conference Friday, the Democrat noted that the roughly 980...

In this image taken with a slow shutter speed, embers light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The blaze, part of the lightning-sparked North Complex, expanded at a critical rate of spread as winds buffeted the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

3 dead as wildfire explodes in Northern California

Sep. 10, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

OROVILLE, Calilf. (AP) — Three people died in a wind-whipped Northern California wildfire that has forced thousands of people from their homes while carving a 25-mile path of destruction through mountainous terrain and parched foothills, authorities said Wednesday. California Highway Patrol Officer Ben...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, a firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, Calif. Climate-connected disasters seem everywhere in the crazy year 2020. But scientists Wednesday, Sept. 9, say it'll get worse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Think 2020's disasters are wild? Experts see worse in future

Sep. 9, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don’t usually catch fire are in flames. Meanwhile, the Atlantic’s 16th and 17th named tropical storms are swirling, a record number for this time of year. Powerful Typhoon...