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WASHINGTON | Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON  —Jan 17, 2019—Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don’t worry. For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study in Thursday’s journal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON | Weather agency chief: I’ve never briefed Trump on warming

WASHINGTON — The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump. Acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Adm. Timothy Gallaudet said in a press conference at a scientific meeting this week, “I personally have not briefed the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Weather agency chief: I’ve never briefed Trump on warming

WASHINGTON | NASA’s Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

WASHINGTON — NASA’s Voyager 2 is now the second human-made object to zip away from the sun into the space between the stars. Voyager 2 last month exited “this bubble that the sun creates around itself,” longtime NASA mission scientist Ed Stone said Monday. The spacecraft is now beyond the outer boundary of the heliosphere, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | NASA’s Voyager 2 becomes 2nd craft in interstellar space

WASHINGTON | NASA’s first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

WASHINGTON  — NASA’s first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought. Scientists on Monday released the first morsels of data collected since their spacecraft Osiris-Rex hooked up last week with the asteroid Bennu, which is only about three blocks wide and weighs about … Continue reading WASHINGTON | NASA’s first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

PARIS | Paris riots show difficulty of fighting warming with taxes

PARIS — The “yellow vests” in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate negotiators, meeting in Poland this week, say are desperately … Continue reading PARIS | Paris riots show difficulty of fighting warming with taxes

WASHINGTON | Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

WASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies released Wednesday from the Global Carbon Project , an international scientific collaboration of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

WASHINGTON | Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate impacts

WASHINGTON— Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan shellfish were struck by an outbreak of warm water bacteria. That’s global warming in action. Climate change is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate impacts

WASHINGTON | Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump says he doesn’t believe a key conclusion of a U.S. government report on the economic costs of climate change, but economists say the warning of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in global warming costs is pretty much on the money. They cited Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma as evidence. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report