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

UN Weather Agency Says 2023 Is the Hottest Year on Record, Warns of Further Climate Extremes Ahead

[ad_1] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.N. weather agency said Thursday that 2023 is all but certain to be the hottest year on record, and warning of worrying trends that suggest increasing floods, wildfires, glacier melt, and heat waves in the future. The World Meteorological Organization also warned that the average temperature for … Read more

A Look at What to Expect as Latest UN Climate Talks Get Under Way in Oil-Rich UAE

[ad_1] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East plays host to its second straight U.N. climate conference over the next two weeks, with countries hoping to agree on new ways to keep the planet from heating too much by the end of the century. Distractions abound, most notably war between Israel and Hamas. … Read more

Maui Officials on Standby to Stop Heavy Rains From Sending Ash Into Storm Drains

[ad_1] LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Maui officials were on standby Wednesday to prevent ash from August’s deadly wildfire in Lahaina from flowing into storm drains after forecasters said a winter storm could bring heavy rain and strong winds to the island. The National Weather Service said rain falling at a rate of more than 1 … Read more

Heavy Snowfall in Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova Leaves 1 Person Dead and Many Without Electricity

[ad_1] BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Heavy snowfall and strong blizzards in Romania and Moldova on Sunday left one person dead and hundreds of localities without electricity, as well as forcing the closure of some national roads, authorities said. A 40-year-old man in Moldova died on Sunday after the vehicle he was in skidded off the … Read more

El Nino-Worsened Flooding Has Somalia in a State of Emergency. Residents of One Town Are Desperate

[ad_1] MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — First, some families fled drought and violence. Now they say they have nowhere to hide from intense flooding as rainfall exacerbated by the weather phenomenon El Nino pummels large parts of Somalia. Among the worst hit towns is the densely populated Beledweyne, where the Shabelle River has burst its banks, … Read more

Rain Helps Ease Wildfires in North Carolina, but Reprieve May Be Short

[ad_1] PINNACLE, N.C. (AP) — Heavy rain and lower temperatures helped slow down some wildfires in North Carolina on Tuesday, including blazes that had prompted evacuations of homes and campgrounds, forestry officials said. But the reprieve for crews will likely only last through the Thanksgiving weekend, since rain isn’t expected again for another 10 days, … Read more

Record Crowds Are Expected to Take to the Air and Roads for Thanksgiving

[ad_1] DALLAS (AP) — Despite inflation and memories of past holiday travel meltdowns, millions of people are expected to hit airports and highways in record numbers over the Thanksgiving break. The busiest days to fly will be Tuesday and Wednesday as well as the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Transportation Security Administration expects to screen 2.6 … Read more

Fires in Brazil Threaten Jaguars, Houses and Plants in the World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands

[ad_1] POCONE, BRAZIL (AP) — Firefighters in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands earlier this month celebrated the end of the fire season on Facebook, saying in a Nov. 7 post that “it is a relief for everyone who lives in the region.” In the first two weeks of November, fires fueled by unusually dry and hot weather … Read more

Extreme Weather Can Hit Farmers Hard. Those With Smaller Farming Operations Often Pay the Price

[ad_1] MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Justin Ralph estimates he’s made about 200 trips delivering grain from the fields he farms with his brother and uncle this year. They’re accustomed to using their four semi-trucks to take the harvest from a total of about 800 acres each of corn, soybeans and wheat to market. What they’re … Read more