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In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Oct. 16, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way. “That will be...

Dutch climate scientist Geert Jan van Oldenborgh dies at 59

Oct. 14, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Respected Dutch climate scientist Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, co-founder of a group that rapidly analyzes the possible effects of climate change on extreme weather events, has died at age 59, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute said Thursday. ...

Maryland sees increase in precipitation, sea level, flooding

Oct. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

Over the past 20 years, rainfall, flooding and sea level have increased across Maryland, according to data collected from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). From 2000 to 2020, precipitation in Maryland increased by 2.63 inches per decade,...

Court rejects fired physicist's intellectual freedom claim

Oct. 13, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court Wednesday dismissed an intellectual freedom claim by a university physicist who was fired in part over his public statements that scientists exaggerated damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by climate change. Five...

'Citizens decide': Climate protests near Dutch parliament

Oct. 11, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hundreds of protesters from climate group Extinction Rebellion blocked a busy intersection Monday near the temporary home of the Netherlands' parliament, marking the start of a week of protests the group plans in The Hague before a U.N. climate conference that...

Scientists urge speedy switch to renewables in Middle East

Oct. 11, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A climate change conference will underscore to policymakers in the Middle East and the east Mediterranean that the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is needed urgently because greenhouse gas emissions are helping to drive up regional temperatures...

Southwest Airlines cancels more than 1,000 Sunday flights

Oct. 10, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend, blaming the woes on air traffic control issues and weather. The airline canceled more than 1,000 flights in total, or 29% of its schedule, as of 7 p.m. ET Sunday, according to flight...

Google cracks down on climate change denial by targeting ads

Oct. 08, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google is cracking down on digital ads promoting false climate change claims or being used to make money from such content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms. The company said...

Physics Nobel rewards work on climate change, other forces

Oct. 05, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for work that found order in seeming disorder, helping to explain and predict complex forces of nature, including expanding our understanding of climate change. Syukuro Manabe, originally from...

UAE to launch probe targeting asteroid between Mars, Jupiter

Oct. 05, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced plans to send a probe to land on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe, the latest project in the oil-rich federation's ambitious space program. ...