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Study: Alien grasses are making more frequent US wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the United States, invasive grass species are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California, a new study finds. Twelve non-native species act as "little arsonist grasses," said study co-author...

 

Scientists discover big storms can create 'stormquakes'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters — hurricanes and earthquakes. They're calling them "stormquakes." It's a shaking of the sea floor during a hurricane or nor'easter that rumbles like a magnitude 3.5...

 

With warming, get used to blackouts to prevent wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect more preventative power blackouts in California as the climate gets hotter and drier and the wildfire season gets nastier and longer, scientists say. The Golden State already is fire-prone with lots of dry plants and...

 

'A planet full of ifs': Young people express climate angst

NEW YORK (AP) — Around climate-change protests, tears linger. Youthful activists cite all-too depressing science and develop angst. They grieve for a future they worry they'll never have. Many young climate activists say they feel hopeless and...

 

'You are failing us': Plans, frustration at UN climate talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, thoug... Full story

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Democrats mangle science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Science took a beating in the political arena this past week as President Donald Trump sowed confusion about Hurricane Dorian's path and Democratic presidential candidates rang false alarms about the air we breathe. Trump found...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's bluster on hurricanes, guns, economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing another deadly mass shooting, President Donald Trump is deflecting on gun control. Over the weekend, he pointed to mental illness as a likely culprit behind recent shootings in Odessa, Texas, and elsewhere, even though...

 

Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland's brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn't fill a football stadium — are poor, wit...

 

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from...

 

Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but we're not for sale

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder. Although amused, they're definitely not warming up to the U.S. president's talk of buying the semiautonomous Danish territory. "We see it as an expression of...

 

El Nino fades so forecasters expect busier hurricane season

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government meteorologists say this year's hurricane season may be busier than initially expected now that summer's weak El Nino has faded away. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said...

 

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

GENEVA (AP) — Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making...

 

Winners overlook rigged games' lack of fairness, study finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to fairness and privilege, a new study finds it really is not about how you play the game. It's about whether you win or lose. A new experiment, played out as a card game, shows that even when the deck is literally...

 

Best way to fight climate change? Plant a trillion trees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe more. And there's enough room, Swiss scientists say. Even with existing cities and farmland, there's enough space...

 

Survey sees biggest US honeybee winter die-off yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter hit U.S. honeybees hard with the highest loss rate yet, an annual survey of beekeepers showed. The annual nationwide survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter, nearly 9...

 

Old spy images reveal Himalayan glaciers are melting fast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to. The Asian mountain range, which includes Mount Everest, has been losing ice at a rate of...

 

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

After decades of improvement, America's air may not be getting any cleaner. Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a...

 

Emails: Trump official pressed NASA on climate science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a skeptic about climate change, Jim Bridenstine came around to the prevailing view of scientists before he took over as NASA administrator. That evolution did not sit well with a Trump environmental adviser, nor a think-tank...

 

In hot water? Study says warming may reduce sea life by 17%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's oceans will likely lose about one-sixth of their fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path, a new study says. Every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) tha...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the credit and blame game

WASHINGTON (AP) — The apportioning of credit and blame went awry in President Donald Trump's remarks over the past week. He hailed pristine air quality that isn't, placed responsibility on Mexico for the entire U.S. drug problem and told Puerto...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump didn't set records on clean air in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is getting his facts wrong when it comes to clean air in the U.S. In remarks Wednesday with Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, he insisted the U.S. has the "cleanest air in the world" and is "setting...

 

Science Says: Why biodiversity matters to you

You may go your entire life without seeing an endangered species, yet the globe's biodiversity crisis threatens all of humanity in numerous unseen or unrecognized ways, scientists say. A massive United Nations report this week warned that nature is...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Unraveling the mystery of whether cows fart

WASHINGTON (AP) — Let's clear the air about cow farts. In the climate change debate, some policymakers seem to be bovine flatulence deniers. This became apparent in the fuss over the Green New Deal put forward by some liberal Democrats. More...

 

New study says universe expanding faster and is younger

WASHINGTON (AP) — The universe is expanding faster than it used to, meaning it's about a billion years younger than we thought, a new study by a Nobel Prize winner says. And that's sending a shudder through the world of physics, making astronomers...

 

Picture was clear, but black hole's name a little fuzzy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The newly pictured supermassive black hole is a beast with no name, at least not an official one. And what happens next could be cosmically confusing. The team of astronomers who created the image of the black hole called it...

 

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