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EXPLAINER: Factors behind Sydney's recent flood emergecies

Jul. 06, 2022 02:02 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary victims questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams...

New evacuations for communities near California forest fire

Jul. 05, 2022 21:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were expanded Tuesday for remote California communities near a wildfire that may have been sparked by fireworks or a barbecue on the Fourth of July in a mountainous region that's a top tourism destination. The Electra Fire in Sierra Nevada...

Hurricane Bonnie off Mexico briefly season's 1st major storm

Jul. 05, 2022 23:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Bonnie weakened a bit Tuesday night after several hours as the first major storm of the eastern Pacific season while off southern Mexico, though it wasn't a threat to land. Bonnie was beginning to move farther away from Mexico’s Pacific coast, three...

Homes of 85,000 people at risk, but rain eases around Sydney

Jul. 05, 2022 21:43 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Floodwaters had inundated or were threatening the homes of 85,000 people around Sydney on Wednesday as rivers started to recede and the heavy rains tracked north of Australia’s largest city. While rain was easing across Sydney, several waterways including the...

Western states could settle feud over beleaguered Rio Grande

Jul. 05, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight between Texas and New Mexico over the management of one of the longest rivers in North America could be nearing an end as a date to resume the trial has been put off pending negotiations aimed at settling the years-long case before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

Great Salt Lake hits new historic low for 2nd time in a year

Jul. 05, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Great Salt Lake has hit a new historic low for the second time in less than a year as the ongoing megadrought worsened by climate change continues to shrink the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. Utah Department of Natural Resources said Monday...

Warming world creates hazard for Alpine glaciers

Jul. 05, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

Italy was enduring a prolonged heat wave before a massive piece of Alpine glacier broke off and killed hikers on Sunday and experts say climate change will make those hot, destabilizing conditions more common. Seven hikers died and several others are unaccounted for after large...

Body parts, gear found on Italian glacier after avalanche

Jul. 05, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Rescuers found body parts and equipment as they searched Tuesday for hikers missing following a powerful avalanche that killed at least seven people and was blamed in large part on rising temperatures that are melting glaciers. Officials initially feared 13...

Greece: Large forest blaze forces evacuations west of Athens

Jul. 05, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek firefighters battled a large forest blaze that forced the evacuation of a small village west of Athens, the latest in a series of wildfires that flared as strong winds swept several parts of Greece. By evening, the fire service said the blaze appeared to...

Tips for growing a healthy garden during drought

Jul. 05, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

Many people try to save water just to do the right thing (and save money too). But when serious drought hits, and state and local governments enforce restrictions, water conservation becomes non-negotiable. So far this summer, nearly 65% of the United States and Puerto Rico is...