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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...

Lava flow from Spanish island volcano likened to a tsunami

Oct. 15, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The second 4.5 magnitude earthquake in two days rattled the Spanish island of La Palma on Friday, officials said, as scientists described a gushing river of molten rock from an erupting volcano as “a true lava tsunami.” The two quakes were the...

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...

Wildlife biologists studying migration of the American shad

Oct. 10, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state wildlife biologists are participating in an ongoing study of the American shad — a fish that spends more of its life in the ocean, but returns to fresh water to spawn. During these migrations, shad must travel long distances, and can...

Impact of forest thinning on wildfires creates divisions

Oct. 08, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters and numerous studies credit intensive forest thinning projects with helping save communities like those recently threatened near Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, but dissent from some environmental advocacy groups is roiling the scientific...

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...

Report: Human-made chemicals contaminating Cape Cod waters

Oct. 04, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who researched the levels of contamination in Cape Cod's bodies of water found that there were human-made chemicals in 21 ponds he tested. Tom Cambareri, a hydrologist residing in Barnstable, collected water samples from...

Symphony about climate change to headline Maine festival

Oct. 04, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The headlining event of this year's Maine Science Festival will be a musical exploration of climate change. The organizers of the festival said they commissioned composer Lucas Richman to create a symphony about hope in the era of climate change in...

College students spending semester on Mississippi River trip

Oct. 04, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — For a group of students from Augsburg University in Minneapolis along with their guides and instructor, a trip down the Mississippi River could be considered a modern-day river expedition. The group stopped overnight in La Crosse on Sept. 20, 17 days after they...

Dwindling Alaska salmon leave Yukon River tribes in crisis

Oct. 02, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

STEVENS VILLAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a normal year, the smokehouses and drying racks that Alaska Natives use to prepare salmon to tide them through the winter would be heavy with fish meat, the fruits of a summer spent fishing on the Yukon River like generations before them. ...