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FILE - In this July 11, 2012 file photo, Steve Niedbalski shows his drought and heat stricken corn while chopping it down for feed in Nashville, Ill. Higher temperatures will reduce Midwest crop yields by 19 percent by midcentury and by 63 percent by the end of the century, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience that was released Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

WASHINGTON (AP) — The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last […]

07/21/2014

Offshore oil drilling platform 'Gail' operated by Venoco, Inc., is shown off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. on May 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Obama opens East Coast to oil search

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Eastern Seaboard is being opened to offshore oil and gas exploration for the first time in decades with the Obama administration’s approval Friday of sonic cannons that can […]

07/18/2014

Workers at a natural gas well site

Denton could become 1st Texas city to ban fracking

DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on what’s believed to hold one of the biggest natural gas reserves in the U.S. could become the first city in the state to ban […]

07/15/2014

FILE - In this June 26, 2014 file photo, Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, hangs up a chart depicting earthquake activity at their offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Answers on link between injection wells and quakes

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the […]

07/14/2014

This undated handout frame grab taken from video, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection shows bubbling due to impaired cementing in an unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania, (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection)

Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest […]

06/30/2014

FILE - This May 12th, 2014, file photo shows Thijs Talluto, 3, of Los Angeles, cooling-off in a fountain at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Heat & Repeat: Globe breaks May temperature record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks, experts say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

06/23/2014

Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Obama to create world’s largest ocean preserve

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch […]

06/17/2014

FILE - In this May 10, 2012 file photo, Mark Delbeck, of Burlington Electric, checks the radio frequency of a newly-installed "smart" meter in Burlington, Vt. Electricity prices are expected to rise faster this year than they have since 2009, to a record average of 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to the Energy Department. And prices are highest in the summer, just when you need more power to run the air conditioner. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

How tightening your home can save you money

NEW YORK (AP) — That precious, cooled air that leaks out of your home every summer is money leaking out of your checkbook. Electricity prices are expected to rise faster this year than they have […]

05/28/2014

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

A conversation with Mayor Eric Garcetti

Just about 8 months into his term in office, LA Mayor Garcetti has been keeping a high profile and taking on several initiatives. Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke with Phil and Penny about a range of […]

02/19/2014

Climate change (AP Photo)

Federal study warns of sudden climate change woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A panel of scientists advising the federal government says the world needs to worry more about hard-to-predict sudden changes from global warming than it does about the bigger but more gradual impacts. […]

12/03/2013

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