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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2007, file photo, Oxfam activists wearing polar bear costumes stage a demonstration outside the venue of the U.N. climate change conference in Nusa Dua, Bali island, Indonesia. If you think of climate change as a hazard faced by some far-off polar bear decades from now, you’re mistaken. That’s the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact of global warming. "The polar bear is us," says Patricia Romero Lankao of the federally funded National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)

Big climate report: Warming is big risk for people

If you think of climate change as a hazard for some far-off polar bears years from now, you’re mistaken. That’s the message from top climate scientists gathering in Japan this week to assess the impact […]

03/24/2014

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Obama unleashing power of data on climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. Officials figure the more you know about climate change the more likely you […]

03/19/2014

This Aug.16, 2013 photo shows helicopters battling the 64,000 acre Beaver Creek Fire north of Hailey, Idaho.  (AP Photo/Times-News, Ashley Smith, File)

Congress studies new way to pay to fight big fires

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bipartisan effort underway in Congress would change the way the country pays to fight catastrophic wildfires, tapping natural disaster funds instead of money intended for fire prevention, lawmakers from Oregon […]

03/17/2014

This image provided by the British Antarctic Survey shows a plant that scientists revived which was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice. (AP Photo/British Antarctic Survey, Esme Roads)

Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic moss revived

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun. Dug up from Antarctica, the simple moss was about […]

03/17/2014

In this Feb. 16, 2014 satellite image provided by the NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch is the ice cover on the Great Lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, March 5, 2014 that the heavy ice cover and snowfall across the Great Lakes basin should help water levels move closer to normal over the next six months. (AP Photo/NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch)

Snow, ice cover will boost Great Lakes levels

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record […]

03/05/2014

In this Feb. 11, 2014 aerial photo is a view of The Mackinac Bridge which spans a 5-mile-wide freshwater channel that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. (AP Photo/ Traverse City Record-Eagle, Keith King, Pool)

Sunken Great Lakes oil pipeline raises spill fears

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A freshwater channel that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas is a premier Midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer’s delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and […]

03/03/2014

FILE - This undated file aerial photo shows the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release have shuttered the federal government’s only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely, raising questions about a cornerstone of the Department of Energy’s $5 billion-a year-program for cleaning up legacy waste scattered across the country from decades of nuclear bomb making. Thirteen workers have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak. (AP Photo/Carlsbad Current Argus, File)

New Mexico radiation leak raises concerns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The radiation exposure of at least 13 workers at a nuclear dump in a New Mexico salt bed more than 2,000 feet below the ground has brought new attention to the […]

02/28/2014

In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, steam rises from the stacks of Basin Electric's Laramie River Station coal-fired power plant near Wheatland, Wyo.  The House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee advanced a joint resolution Monday, Feb. 24, that would call on Congress to require the Environmental Protection Agency to respect the state's primacy in setting guidelines to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. (AP Photo/The Casper Star-Tribune, Alan Rogers)

Wyoming top in CO2 per person amid new regulations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Turns out the worst state for carbon dioxide emissions per person isn’t smoggy California or bustling New York, but a place famous for its big, clear skies: Wyoming. But regulating greenhouse […]

02/27/2014

In this July 6, 2013 file-pool photo, emergency workers examine the aftermath of a train derailment and fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, File-Pool)

Rail cars used to ship oil called ‘unacceptable’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region are an “unacceptable public risk,” and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a […]

02/26/2014

In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton […]

02/24/2014

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

UN chief counting on Bloomberg’s help on climate

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that former mayor Michael Bloomberg helped reduce carbon emissions in New York and he is now counting on the billionaire philanthropist “to work for humanity” in […]

02/21/2014