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EXPLAINER: Wide dangers ahead for Spanish volcanic island

Sep. 22, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean is struggling days after a volcano erupted, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people, and authorities are warning that more dangers from the explosion lie ahead. Here is a look at the volcanic eruption on...

Nobody hurt but much damage in Spanish volcano eruption

Sep. 20, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Giant rivers of lava tumbled slowly but relentlessly toward the sea Monday after a volcano erupted on a Spanish island off northwest Africa, with prompt evacuations helping to avoid casualties. Long fingers of fiery red lava slid down hillsides...

Spanish scientists say the volcano on La Palma island in the Canary Islands Atlantic archipelago has erupted

Sep. 19, 2021 10:38 AM EDT
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish scientists say the volcano on La Palma island in the Canary Islands Atlantic archipelago has erupted.

USM prof, Water Institute work to restore Chandeleur Islands

Sep. 18, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based research organization and a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi are joining forces in a research project aimed at restoring and protecting the Chandeleur Islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico. In a news release...

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but...

Threat of volcanic eruption puts Spanish island on alert

Sep. 16, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A series of small earthquakes in Spain’s Canary Islands has put authorities on alert for a possible volcanic eruption, with one official saying Thursday there is “intense seismic activity” in the area off northwest Africa. Authorities have detected...

UN chief urges 'rapid' emission cuts to curb climate change

Sep. 16, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations called Thursday for “immediate, rapid and large-scale” cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming and avert climate disaster. Ahead of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting next week, Antonio Guterres...

Report: Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming

Sep. 15, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

Nearly every nation is coming up short — most of them far short — in their efforts to fight climate change, and the world is unlikely to hold warming to the internationally agreed-upon limit, according to a new scientific report. Only one nation — tiny The Gambia...

Outdoor classroom bringing ecology to public in Louisiana

Sep. 12, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Like the deep roots of the native plants studied there, much of the value of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ecology Center lies hidden deep below the surface. Switchgrass roots, native to the Cajun prairie, have been...

President Joe Biden to visit national fire center in Boise

Sep. 10, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — President Joe Biden will be in Boise, Idaho on Monday to visit the National Interagency Fire Center. Biden's trip to the western U.S. will also include a stop in Sacramento, California to survey wildfire damage. White House...