WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth dialed the heat up in June, smashing warm temperature records for both the month and the first half of the year.
Off-the-charts heat is "getting to be a monthly thing," said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "This is the third month this year that we've broken the monthly record."
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Walter "Stormy" Crawford Jr., whose founding of one of North America's largest bird conservation and rehabilitation centers was fueled by a childhood spent in Venezuela fascinated by exotic jungle birds, has died in Missouri. He was 70.
Crawford, executive director of the World Bird Sanctuary in suburban St. Louis, died at a hospital Friday after complications from a recent hip surgery, said Jeff Meshach, the sanctuary's director. The sanctuary — spanning roughly 300 acres of hardwood forest — has rehabilitated and returned more than 800 raptors to the wild since Crawford founded it in the late 1970s.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — One city banned Styrofoam. Another has the highest percentage of "clean" cars in Europe. Still another has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent since 1990 — while its GDP grew 19 percent.
Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican Tuesday to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects.
The environmental group Amazon Watch continues to back a pollution lawsuit against Chevron even after a federal judge concluded the trial lawyers pursuing the legal action in Ecuador engaged in "egregious fraud," The Washington Times reports.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators flexed their muscles by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought.
The State Water Resources Control Board issued the cease and desist order Thursday against an irrigation district in California's agriculture-rich Central Valley that it said had failed to obey a previous warning to stop pumping. Hefty fines could follow.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In their annual, detailed physical of Earth's climate, scientists say the world is in increasingly hot and rising water.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society's annual state of the climate report, released Thursday, delves into the details of already reported record-smashing warmth globally in 2014, giving special attention to the world's oceans.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Ranchers in New Mexico, California and Washington state have challenged a new Obama administration rule giving federal agencies authority to protect some streams and wetlands.
The Sacramento, California-based Pacific Legal Foundation announced it has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on behalf of the ranchers over the recent expansion of the Clean Water Act.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A study of an Alaska polar bear population in summer concludes the bear's biology will not help stave off starvation in the face of global warming.
The study of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears by university, federal and private researchers over three years concludes they have no special ability to minimize energy loss during increasing periods of fasting brought on by climate warming, less sea ice and fewer hunting days.
The House and Senate energy policy bills are both crafted to attract bipartisan backing and to avoid more controversial issues like the Keystone pipeline, lifting the crude oil export ban and reining in environmental regulations, Roll Call reports.
Instead of denying a threat from climate change, Republican presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina say the best hope of fighting it lies with industry and the private sector, National Journal reports.
“Real leadership means taking stands,” Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said to supporters in an email Monday after rival Hillary Clinton once again refused to take a position on the controversial project to build the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
The National Association of Manufacturers has launched an ad campaign to block moves by the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of ozone allowed in the atmosphere, The Hill reports.
Lawyers for Don Blankenship have filed a motion in court, asking U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger to exclude testimony on the Upper Big Branch mine explosion from the former Massey Energy CEO’s perjury and conspiracy trial, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
More losses from China's stock market continued to pressure oil prices early Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 36 cents to $47.03 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 78 cents to $52.69, Reuters reports.
Problems with nuclear plants being built from modules produced in the factory -- the Vogtle project in Georgia and the V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina -- have crushed hopes that the construction method would usher in a renaissance for new nuclear plants, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The problems with Japanese electronics giant Toshiba overstating profits and minimizing losses on its balance sheet stemmed in part from a Westinghouse project, most likely involving AP1000 nuclear construction in China, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A $1.5 billion impairment charge and continuing low prices for oil and natural gas hurt the balance sheet for Southwestern Energy in the second quarter despite an increase in production. The company posted a net loss of $815 million compared to a $207 million profit in the period during 2014, Dow Jones reports.