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The threat of wildfires is rising. So is new artificial intelligence solutions to fight them

Sep. 24, 2023 03:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Wildfires fueled by climate change have ravaged communities from Maui to the Mediterranean this summer, killing many people, exhausting firefighters and fueling demand for new solutions. Enter artificial intelligence. Firefighters and startups are using AI-enabled...

Salt water wedge in the Mississippi River threatens drinking water in Louisiana

Sep. 22, 2023 20:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Salt water from the Gulf of Mexico is creeping up the drought-stricken Mississippi River and threatening drinking water supplies in some Louisiana communities, including New Orleans, prompting the state's governor to warn Friday he may request federal help. ...

The US East Coast is under a tropical storm warning with landfall forecast in North Carolina

Sep. 22, 2023 10:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A storm moving closer to the U.S. East Coast will deliver tropical storm conditions to North Carolina on Friday before making landfall on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was off the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina with top sustained...

Kapalua to host PGA Tour opener in January, 5 months after deadly wildfires on Maui

Sep. 21, 2023 17:15 PM EDT

The PGA Tour is returning to Maui to start the new season with the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, five months after deadly wildfires destroyed nearby Lahaina and claimed at least 97 lives. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan had said last month he hoped the tournament could...

Biden uses executive power to create a New Deal-style American Climate Corps

Sep. 20, 2023 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After being thwarted by Congress, President Joe Biden will use his executive authority to create a New Deal-style American Climate Corps that will serve as a major green jobs training program. In an announcement Wednesday, the White House said the program will...

Homeowners face rising insurance rates as climate change makes wildfires, storms more common

Sep. 20, 2023 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of Americans are finding it difficult to afford insurance on their homes, a problem only expected to worsen because insurers and lawmakers have underestimated the impact of climate change, a new report says. A report from First Street Foundation...

Climate change made storm that devastated Libya far more likely and intense, scientists say

Sep. 19, 2023 12:38 PM EDT

The devastating storm that dumped torrential rains along the Libyan coast this month was up to 50 times more likely to occur and 50% more intense because of human-caused climate change, according to an analysis released Tuesday. Before crossing the Mediterranean, the storm raged for...

Underwater teams try to recover a firefighting helicopter that crashed in Turkey, killing 3 aboard

Sep. 18, 2023 06:28 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Underwater teams are trying to recover a helicopter that crashed in a lake over the weekend, killing three crew members, while fighting a forest fire in western Turkey, state media reported Monday. Four crew members were aboard the firefighting aircraft when it fell...

Everything you need to know about this year's meeting of leaders at the UN General Assembly

Sep. 18, 2023 01:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For two years, it was the coronavirus pandemic. Then, it was Russia's war in Ukraine. Throughout it all, the perils of climate change, poverty and inequality have steadily, increasingly thrummed through each convening of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. ...

Maine motorist killed when large tree limb falls on his vehicle; first fatality attributed to Atlantic storm Lee

Sep. 16, 2023 18:09 PM EDT
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine motorist killed when large tree limb falls on his vehicle; first fatality attributed to Atlantic storm Lee.