Two studies published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters suggest an area of warm water in the Pacific off the U.S. West Coast may be responsible for unusual weather patterns, including California’s drought and the winter deep freeze in the East, The Washington Post reports.
DENVER (AP) — Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.
The report that revealed the methane hot spot over the Four Corners region — where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet — was released last year.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought.
State regulators are naming and shaming local water departments that have let water wasters slide — and forcing them to slash water use by as much as a third. They say it's necessary as California reservoirs, and the snow on mountains that is supposed to refill them, reach record lows.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. scientists on Tuesday completed a nearly two-week mission to explore waters around the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of a 12-year project to map the Caribbean seafloor and help protect its reefs.
A team with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration studied an area of 270 square miles (700 square kilometers), using equipment including underwater gliders and a remotely operated vehicle to help map the seafloor and locate areas where fish spawn. They focused mostly on the southern coast of St. Croix and the northwestern coast of St. Thomas.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California cities face mandatory targets to slash water use as much as 35 percent while regulators warn voluntary conservation hasn't been enough in the face of a devastating drought.
Underlining their point was data released Tuesday showing a new low in saving water. Residents did less to curtail water use in February than any other month since officials started tracking conservation.
Three GOP presidential hopefuls - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. - are co-sponsoring a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule, The Hill reports. Paul announced the bill Friday.
A report from the center-right think tank American Action Forum estimates that the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant carbon rules could eventually force more than 90 coal-fired plants to retire and cost the economy nearly 300,000 jobs, The Washington Times reports.