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A butterfly flies near a cluster of butterflies gathered on a pine tree at Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. The number of Western monarch butterflies wintering along California's central coast is bouncing back after the population reached an all-time low last year. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

After Record Low, Monarch Butterflies Return to California

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western ...
Connor Sonnenberg, foreground left, and Billy Kinn, foreground right, drink wastewater that was sterilized at the PureWater Colorado Mobile Demonstration using a method that involves carbon-based purification, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Across the U.S., cities are increasingly embracing the idea of sterilizing wastewater from toilets, sinks and factories, and piping it back into homes and businesses for drinking. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

As Cities Grow, Wastewater Recycling Gets Another Look

DENVER (AP) — Around the U.S., cities are increasingly warming to an idea that once induced ...
This image released by PBS shows elephants approaching a waterhole in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya in a scene from the documentary series "Nature." The PBS series is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season. (Waterhole Films Ltd/PBS via AP)

Drones, Viral Videos Help ‘Nature’ Thrive After 40 Years

NEW YORK (AP) — Forty years ago, the programmers at PBS were eager to experiment, so ...
FILE - A male alligator snapping turtle is held after being trapped by the Turtle Survival Alliance-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, as part of the process of tagging turtles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, that it is proposing threatened status for alligator snapping turtles, huge, spike-shelled reptiles that lurk at the bottom of bayous and lakes, luring prey to their mouths by extending a wormy-looking lure. Every state in their range now protects them, but the lingering effects of catching the turtles for alligator soup are among reasons their numbers are now so low. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

Feds Propose Threatened Status for Alligator Snapping Turtle

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday that it is proposing ...
Workers install solar panels

Biden’s Solar Ambitions Collide With China Labor Complaints

BEIJING (AP) — The Biden administration's solar power ambitions are colliding with complaints the global industry ...
ornate box turtle

Illinois Researchers Working to Save Ornate Box Turtles

FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A team of Illinois researchers is using dogs to track down ...
methane plumes

UN: Cutting Methane Quickly Key to Curbing Dangerous Warming

Cutting the super-potent greenhouse gas methane quickly and dramatically is the world's best hope to slow ...
Meteorologists in the U.S. use temperature datasets spanning 30 years to calculate temperature normals. The U.S. normal annual temperature is now 53.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Republicans Ask Why White House Removed Climate Scientist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House Republicans are asking the White House for documents to explain why ...
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

US Sets Aside Habitat Critical for Survival of Rare Songbird

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. wildlife managers have set aside vast areas across several states as ...
The sun rises between the trees as bluebells

Pandemic Puts Tulips, Bluebells, Cherry Blossoms in Hiding

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — There is no stopping flowers when they bloom, blossoms when they burst ...
Tarawa atoll, Kiribati

Climate Change Creates Migrants. Biden Considers Protections

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ioane Teitiota and his wife fought for years to stay in New ...
oil pump jacks

Business Leaders Urge Biden to Set Ambitious Climate Goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft ...
Person pushes a jet boat into the low water

Tensions Rise in Water Battle Along Oregon-California Line

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region ...
President Joe Biden

Biden Budget Seeks More for Schools, Health Care and Housing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal ...
a firefighter battles the Creek Fire

California Plans $536M For Forests Before Wildfire Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will authorize $536 million toward forest management projects and efforts to ...
scientists in a research boat pursue a Pacific leatherback turtle

Steep Decline in Giant Sea Turtles Seen Off US West Coast

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — Scientists were documenting stranded sea turtles on California's beaches nearly 40 years ...
houseboats float

Study: Drought-Breaking Rains More Rare, Erratic in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the ...
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Want to Help Fight for Health Justice? It May be Time to Listen

A pandemic, protests and politics have highlighted the nation's long-standing, deep-seated racial issues and how they ...
Sen. Rob Olson, right, R-Olathe, confers with Senate Vice President Rick Wilborn, left

GOP Legislators Disagree Over Kansas Unemployment Upgrades

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators don't yet agree on how much time to give the ...
Deepwater Wind's turbines

Biden Boosts Offshore Wind Energy, Wants to Power 10M Homes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to sharply increase offshore wind energy along the ...
Panama-flagged cargo ship, is pulled by one of the Suez Canal tugboats,

Some Medical Experts Unconvinced About Holding Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in under four months, and the torch relay has ...
shows face masks

Masks and Gloves Are Saving Lives — and Causing Pollution

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — Disposable masks, gloves and other types of personal protective equipment are safeguarding ...
a visitor with a mask observes an orangutan

Zoos, Scientists Aim to Curb People Giving Virus to Animals

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The coughing among the western lowland gorillas at the San Diego Zoo ...
Photo of a neighborhood

Study Links Green Communities to Lower Stroke Risk

The greener the neighborhood, the lower the stroke risk, a new study suggests ...
barrels of radioactive waste

New Mexico Demands More of US When Addressing Nuclear Waste

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department has rolled out its 2021 priorities for cleaning ...
students discard food

17% of Food Production Globally Wasted, UN Report Estimates

NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of finishing your leftovers, you let them go bad and buy ...
Wind turbines

Biden Faces Steep Challenges to Reach Renewable Energy Goals

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Joe Biden wants to change the way the U.S. uses energy ...
Assisted by Anthony Burdock, left, Sean de Guzman, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources,

California Likely Faces a Critically Dry Year, Officials Say

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California will likely face a critically dry year with much less runoff ...
Philadelphia side of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Agency Permanently Bans Fracking Near Delaware River

A regulatory agency that's responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in ...
the Delaware River

Agency Permanently Bans Fracking Near Delaware River

A regulatory agency that's responsible for the water supply of more than 13 million people in ...
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Rules Planned to Save Right Whales Loom Over Lobster Fishers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's lobster fishery is getting close to the date when it will ...
Child speaks into a socially distanced mic

National Spelling Bee to Return in Mostly Virtual Format

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will return this year in a mostly virtual format, with the ...
first cloned black-footed ferret

1st Clone of US Endangered Species, a Ferret, Announced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated ...
James White

Texas Governor’s Biggest Donors: Energy Industry That Failed

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As frozen Texas reels under one of the worst electricity outages in ...
a man uses a blower to clear the sidewalks

US Needs to Brace Itself for More Deadly Storms, Experts Say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deadly weather will be hitting the U.S. more often, and America needs to ...
dinosaurs

Some Dinosaur Migration was Delayed by Climate, Study Shows

Plant-eating dinosaurs probably arrived in the Northern Hemisphere millions of years after their meat-eating cousins, a ...
General Motors Toledo Transmission Operations

Autoworkers Face Uncertain Future in an Era of Electric Cars

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — When General Motors boldly announced its goal last month to make only ...
Hippos float in the lake

Fear and Love Surround Escobar’s Hippos Thriving in Colombia

PUERTO TRIUNFO, Colombia (AP) — Tucked between mountain ranges, the sprawling palace of Pablo Escobar was ...
Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam

Himalayan Glacier Disaster Highlights Climate Change Risks

NEW DELHI (AP) — When Ravi Chopra saw the devastating deluge of water and debris crash ...
President Joe Biden

Biden’s Dilemma in Virus Aid Fight: Go Big or Go Bipartisan

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's push for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is forcing ...