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WASHINGTON | Government ranks 18 US volcanoes as ‘very high threat’

WASHINGTON — Government scientists are classifying 18 U.S. volcanoes as a “very high threat” because of what’s been happening inside them and how close they are to people. The U.S. Geological Survey is updating its volcano threat assessments for the first time since 2005. The danger list is topped by Hawaii’s Kilauea, which has been … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Government ranks 18 US volcanoes as ‘very high threat’

WASHINGTON | Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

WASHINGTON — Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, U.S. meteorologists said. The National Weather Service on Thursday predicted a warmer than normal winter for the northern and western three-quarters of the nation. The greatest chance for warmer than normal winter weather is in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Wet and mild: Warm winter predicted for much of the US

WASHINGTON | Trump may not know what’s behind warming, but scientists do

WASHINGTON— Despite what President Donald Trump says, scientists have long known that what’s warming the planet isn’t natural. It’s us. They even have the energy balance sheets accounting for changes in the climate to prove it. President Trump’s own White House put out a science report last year concluding that “the likely range of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump may not know what’s behind warming, but scientists do

WASHINGTON | UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

WASHINGTON — Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge. The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate … Continue reading WASHINGTON | UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

WASHINGTON | No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US

WASHINGTON  — Ramping up wind power in America would also dial up the nation’s temperatures, a new study out of Harvard found. While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US

NEW YORK | Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon

NEW YORK— A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon. In an opinion paper published Thursday in the journal Science, the authors say the U.S. needs to … Continue reading NEW YORK | Scientists: US military program could be seen as bioweapon

TRENTON, N.C. | Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

TRENTON, N.C. — When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near his door in New Bern, North Carolina, on Sunday even as the … Continue reading TRENTON, N.C. | Hurricane rating system fails to account for deadly rain

WASHINGTON | US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

WASHINGTON — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind. Storms in the western Pacific generally hit with much higher winds and the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind