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Vulnerable Tampa Bay braces for storm not seen in a century

Sep. 26, 2022 20:28 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It’s been more than a century since a major storm like Hurricane Ian has struck the Tampa Bay area, which blossomed from a few hundred thousand people in 1921 to more than 3 million today. Many of these people live in low-lying neighborhoods that are...

Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth

Sep. 22, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When an undersea volcano erupted in Tonga in January, its watery blast was huge and unusual — and scientists are still trying to understand its impacts. The volcano, known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the...

Scientists track how huckleberries fare in changing climate

Sep. 17, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Huckleberries are highly sought after, but the coveted mountain fruit was difficult to find across much of northern Idaho and eastern Washington this year. Pickers were able to locate some productive plants and patches, but they frequently encountered healthy...

Warming, other factors worsened Pakistan floods, study finds

Sep. 16, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

Climate change likely juiced rainfall by up to 50% late last month in two southern Pakistan provinces, but global warming wasn’t the biggest cause of the country’s catastrophic flooding that has killed more than 1,500 people, a new scientific analysis finds. Pakistan’s overall...

Prominent Native Hawaiians named to Mauna Kea authority

Sep. 14, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige on Monday appointed several people, including some prominent Native Hawaiian activists, to a new board charged with managing Mauna Kea summit lands underneath some of the world's most advanced astronomical observatories. Two of the eight appointees...

UN sums up climate science: world heading in wrong direction

Sep. 13, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — With weather disasters costing $200 million a day and irreversible climate catastrophe looming, the world is “heading in the wrong direction,” the United Nations says in a new report that pulls together the latest science on climate change. The World...

Economists, activists call for $100B climate fund in Germany

Sep. 13, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Economists, scientists and environmental campaigners called Tuesday for the German government to create a 100 billion-euro ($100-billion) fund for tackling climate change. Marcel Fratzscher, the president of the German Institute for Economic Research, said the money...

'Clairvoyant' 2012 climate report warned of extreme weather

Sep. 12, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

Record high temperatures in urban Europe as heat waves bake the planet more often. Devastating floods, some in poorer unprepared areas. Increasing destruction from hurricanes. Drought and famine in poorer parts of Africa as dry spells worsen across the globe. Wild weather worldwide getting stronger...

URI's efforts to study plastic pollution get federal boost

Sep. 11, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are getting some federal assistance for their efforts to better understand plastic pollution and the threat it poses to the ocean. The university is set to receive $1 million in grant funding dedicated to...

‘Plant Doctor’ nurtures 250 species from around the globe

Sep. 11, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

SEWANEE, Tenn. (AP) — Some folks have a green thumb. Seems like 21-year-old Oliver Hutchens has two of them and maybe eight green fingers to boot. Entering his senior year at The University of the South, the biology major, who is concentrating in ecology, serves as manager of the...