Why Hold UN Climate Talks 28 Times? Do They Even Matter?

[ad_1] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ask most people what the annual U.N. climate talks are and the likely answer will be: “Huh?” Ask those who do know and the answer may be: “Why should I care?” The negotiations, called Conference of Parties, are nearly two weeks long and in their 28th iteration in … Read more

Young Humpback Whale Leaps Out of Seattle Bay, Dazzling Onlookers

[ad_1] SEATTLE (AP) — A humpback whale visiting the waters off Seattle dazzled onlookers Thursday morning with several breaches in they bay just beyond the city’s downtown area. The whale has been spotted for the last three days swimming around Elliott Bay. But on Thursday, the whale breached for about 40 minutes, also performing several … Read more

A Six-Planet Solar System in Perfect Synchrony Has Been Found in the Milky Way

[ad_1] CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered a rare in-sync solar system with six planets moving like a grand cosmic orchestra, untouched by outside forces since their birth billions of years ago. The find, announced Wednesday, can help explain how solar systems across the Milky Way galaxy came to be. This one is … Read more

A Critically Endangered Sumatran Rhino Named Delilah Successfully Gives Birth in Indonesia

[ad_1] JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A critically endangered Sumatran rhino was born in Indonesia’s western island of Sumatra on Saturday, the second Sumatran rhino born in the country this year and a welcome addition to a species that currently numbers fewer than 50 animals. A female named Delilah gave birth to a 25-kilogram (55-pound) male … Read more

One of World’s Largest Icebergs Drifting Beyond Antarctic Waters After It Was Grounded for 3 Decades

[ad_1] LONDON (AP) — One of the world’s largest icebergs is drifting beyond Antarctic waters, after being grounded for more than three decades, according to the British Antarctic Survey. The iceberg, known as A23a, split from the Antarctic’s Filchner Ice Shelf in 1986. But it became stuck to the ocean floor and had remained for … Read more

Peru Lost More Than Half of Its Glacier Surface in Just Over Half a Century, Scientists Say

[ad_1] LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru has lost more than half of its glacier surface in the last six decades, and 175 glaciers became extinct due to climate change between 2016 and 2020, Peruvian scientists from the state agency that studies glaciers said Wednesday. “In 58 years, 56.22% of the glacial coverage recorded in 1962 … Read more

Eruption of Papua New Guinea Volcano Subsides, Though Thick Ash Is Billowing 3 Miles Into the Sky

[ad_1] CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The eruption of Papua New Guinea’s tallest volcano subsided Tuesday, but thick ash still billowed into the sky and coated roofs and palm trees nearby. One of the South Pacific nation’s most active volcanoes, Mount Ulawun erupted on Monday afternoon, spewing ash as high as 15 kilometers (50,000 feet). The … Read more

Deep Sea Explorer Don Walsh, Part of 2-Man Crew to First Reach Deepest Point of Ocean, Dies at 92

[ad_1] Retired Navy Capt. Don Walsh, an explorer who in 1960 was part of a two-man crew that made the first voyage to the deepest part of the ocean — to the “snuff-colored ooze” at the bottom of the Pacific’s Mariana Trench — has died. He was 92. Walsh died Nov. 12 at his home … Read more

UN Report Says World Is Racing to Well Past Warming Limit as Carbon Emissions Rise Instead of Plunge

[ad_1] The globe is speeding to 2.5 to 2.9 degrees Celsius (4.5 to 5.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming since pre-industrial times, set to blow well past the agreed-upon international climate threshold, a United Nations report calculated. This year Earth got a taste of what’s to come, said the report, which sets the table for … Read more

3rd Release of Treated Water From Japan’s Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant Ends Safely, Operator Says

[ad_1] TOKYO (AP) — The release of a third batch of treated radioactive wastewater from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean ended safely as planned, its operator said Monday, as the country’s seafood producers continue to suffer from a Chinese import ban imposed after the discharges began. Large amounts of radioactive wastewater … Read more