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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Scientists say an algae bloom that spread across Lake Erie this past summer was the largest on record and produced a thick scum about the size of New York City.
LONDON (AP) — Cambridge University says celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking has been forced to cancel several public engagements because of ill health.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Saudi Arabia, whose oil-fueled economy could suffer from global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has submitted a climate action pledge to the United Nations.
SEATTLE (AP) — Using everything from a customized DC-8 jetliner to four-inch rain gauges, scientists are fanning out across one of the soggiest places in the United States this month to measure raindrops and snowflakes like never before.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters are warning 63 million people in the central U.S. to have an eye out for bad weather this week as colliding air masses threaten to generate high winds and possibly tornadoes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical sprayed on the 2010 BP oil spill may not have helped crucial petroleum-munching microbes get rid of the slick, a new study suggests.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says a scanning project in the Giza pyramids has identified thermal anomalies, including one in the largest pyramid, built by Cheops, known locally as Khufu.
DIAMNIADIO ISLAND, Senegal (AP) — The place where Fatou Faye's kitchen once stood is now outlined with short branches of mangroves, a small and perhaps futile attempt to prevent the sea from destroying the rest of her house.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says divers will briefly unplug a tiny leak on a sunken barge to take a sample of the escaping liquid in Lake Erie, near where an oil-based substance has been spotted in recent weeks.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The U.N. weather agency says levels of carbon dioxide and methane, the two most important greenhouse gases, reached record highs last year.
BEIJING (AP) — China has changed course and emerged as a leader in curbing greenhouse gas emissions six years after it was accused of obstructing the last high-level climate talks in Copenhagen.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday.
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — More than 100 world leaders will attend the upcoming U.N. climate conference in Paris, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, France's foreign minister said Sunday during a three-day ministerial meeting in the capital to prepare the negotiations.
BEIJING (AP) — Air quality reached extremely hazardous levels in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang on Sunday, as northern China began to burn coal to heat homes for winter.
GOLD BEACH, Ore. (AP) — A 78-foot long dead blue whale weighing over 100 tons washed ashore this week north of Gold Beach.
HONOLULU (AP) — The first two trials for those arrested for blocking telescope construction crews on Mauna Kea have ended in guilty verdicts.
A poisonous substance linked to a massive algae bloom off the West Coast has prompted officials to halt recreational shellfishing from Washington to California and is blamed for sickening dozens of seabirds, seals, whales and other marine life. Below are questions and answers about the issue:
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The U.N.'s environmental authority has quietly raised its assessment of the level at which global greenhouse gas emissions must peak to avoid dangerous climate change.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 12-foot Columbian mammoth tusk has been unearthed in Idaho and scientists say more of the fossil skeleton might still be buried at the site.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Paleontologists in New Mexico unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.