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FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric sign is displayed on the exterior of a PG&E building in San Francisco. Pacific Gas & Electric will cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility announced Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California girds for most dangerous fire weather of year

Oct. 24, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, which has endured its worst wildfire season in history, is bracing for the most dangerous winds of the year, a forecast that prompted the largest utility to announce plans to cut power Sunday to nearly 1 million people to guard against its equipment sparking new blazes....

Rising temps will disproportionately affect Kansas farmers

Oct. 24, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Growing corn and soybeans will become increasingly challenging for Kansas farmers as the climate warms, according to a recent Kansas State University study. The study found that drought and heat are currently the biggest reason for crop yield losses and expect that these losses will...

FILE - In this May 21, 2011, file photo, tourists photograph Old Faithful geyser erupting on schedule late in the afternoon in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. A new study headed by U.S. Geological Survey research hydrologist Shaul Hurwitz shows that during the driest of times, Old Faithful goes dormant. If those conditions repeat — and climate scientists forecast a much more arid environment come the middle of this century — it could have major implications for Old Faithful and Yellowstone’s approximately 500 other geysers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Study: Climate change could interrupt Yellowstone geysers

Oct. 24, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A team of scientists and storytellers will soon be creating futuristic murals to help Yellowstone National Park’s visitors understand what the park will look like late this century. “The temperature is going to be 2 to 3 degrees Celsius higher than it is now, but that...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 file photo, A Pacific Gas and Electric worker looks up at the advancing Creek Fire along Highway 168 near Alder Springs, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric will cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility announced Friday. Oct. 23, 2020.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

PG&E may cut power to over 1 million people in California

Oct. 24, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric may cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking wildfires as extreme fire weather returns to the region, the utility announced Friday. The nation's largest utility said it could black out customers in 38 counties —...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Oct. 23, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,"...

Mount Washington Observatory to close North Conway museum

Oct. 23, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The Mount Washington Observatory is closing its museum in North Conway in an effort to focus more on its core missions. The board of trustees of the nonprofit organization has spent recent months evaluating its program offerings to refocus on weather observation and climate...

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

Oct. 23, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a fire agency said Thursday. The investigative results for two fires that broke out northwest of...

Smoke rises from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns south of Highway 34 Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, near Granby, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

Oct. 22, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it has become the reality of Colorado's wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state's two largest on...

A City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department crew sprays light-colored pavement over blacktop on a street in the Garfield District of Phoenix on Aug. 11, 2020. A team from Arizona State University is working with the city of Phoenix on a pilot program studying the use of

Pavement technology could cool cities from the ground up

Oct. 19, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Sunbathers understand the benefits of applying sunscreen, but in America’s hottest big city the same concept is being tested at street level in the hope of bringing some lasting relief from the relentless Arizona sun. A team from Arizona State University is working with the city of...

Ray Lopez delivers supplies to Mountain Mike's Pizza in the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif., where power is turned off, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to portions of Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during hot, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

Oct. 16, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent deadly and destructive blazes that have scorched the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. “Just got off the...