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The heat stays on: Earth hits 6th warmest year on record

Jan. 13, 2022 13:29 PM EST

Earth simmered to the sixth hottest year on record in 2021, according to several newly released temperature measurements. And scientists say the exceptionally hot year is part of a long-term warming trend that shows hints of accelerating. Two U.S. science agencies —...

Deadly extreme weather year for US as carbon emissions soar

Jan. 10, 2022 13:09 PM EST

The United States staggered through a steady onslaught of deadly billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in an extra hot 2021, while the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year jumped 6% because of surges in coal and long-haul trucking, putting America further behind its 2030 climate...

Hurricane Ida, Europe floods made 2021 costly for disasters

Jan. 10, 2022 12:15 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Damage wrought by Hurricane Ida in the U.S. state of Louisiana and the flash floods that hit Europe last summer helped make 2021 one of the most expensive years for natural disasters, reinsurance company Munich Re said Monday. The company's annual report put the...

As spending bill stalls, Biden climate goals remain elusive

Jan. 08, 2022 13:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden faces a steep path to achieve his ambitious goal of slashing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, amid legislative gridlock that has stalled a $2 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives. Biden’s Build...

Chinese man pleads guilty to stealing Monsanto trade secret

Jan. 06, 2022 19:08 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Chinese national admitted in federal court Thursday that he stole a trade secret when he worked for Monsanto and one of its subsidiaries in Missouri, federal prosecutors said. Haitao Xiang, 44, formerly of Chesterfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...

New analysis highlights warming atop Mount Washington

Jan. 06, 2022 08:30 AM EST

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A new analysis of meteorological data collected atop the Northeast’s highest peak is shedding light on how climate change is playing out in the mountains. Georgia Murray, a staff scientist at the Appalachian Mountain Club, says a shortage of data remains...

State climatologist: Texas had hottest December since 1889

Jan. 04, 2022 15:31 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Last month was the hottest December in Texas since at least 1889, state Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said. Gammon found that temperatures from Dallas through Abilene to Del Rio averaged 5 to 9 degrees above normal, according to a Texas A&M...

Water worries in West force sports teams to get creative

Dec. 25, 2021 03:04 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks ripped out the grass at Chase Field ahead of the 2019 season, replacing it with synthetic grass. It was a business decision, but it also ended up being a water-conservation measure. The Phoenix-based major league baseball team thought it...

Old Dominion University receives elite research designation

Dec. 23, 2021 12:57 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Old Dominion University has received a prestigious designation for being a high-level research institution. The state school of nearly 25,000 students in Norfolk announced this week that it's now considered to be a “Research 1” institution by the...

Outgoing Columbia mayor headed to Harvard for fellowship

Dec. 20, 2021 15:23 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The outgoing mayor of Columbia, South Carolina has been awarded a Harvard fellowship to mentor and teach students. Steve Benjamin’s office announced Monday he will teach a course in health policy and leadership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public...