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EU ratification to make Paris climate deal a reality

The European Union ratified the international Paris agreement on climate change late Tuesday, fulfilling the second and final condition for the accord to go into force later this year.


Hurricane Matthew: Airlines offering travel waivers because of storm

Airlines are canceling some flights to the Caribbean and even the mainland U.S. as Hurricane Matthew is expected to spin toward Florida later this week.


Study: Earth’s roughly warmest in about 100,000 years

A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in …


Two tornados touch down hundreds of miles apart in Utah

Two tornados touched down hundreds of miles apart in Utah, damaging about two dozen buildings and knocking out power to thousands of people.


375 U.S. scientists slam Trump for threatening to abandon Paris climate accord

Earlier this year, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sparked the ire of scientists and climate activists when he vowed to “cancel the Paris climate agreement” once in office. Now, hundreds …


Arctic sea ice ties second-lowest level ever recorded

Earlier this year, it appeared that we might be on pace for a startling new record in the Arctic. Back in May, the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by …


‘Anything goes’ weather for Pacific Northwest winter

What kind of weather might the Northwest be in for this fall and winter? Well, one meaningful clue came when federal forecasters at the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center …


Bend weighs cost, benefits of climate plan

City leaders in central Oregon are considering adopting a plan to tackle climate change, but it’s not clear yet whether the plan’s benefits will outweigh its cost.


Mexico’s Baja battens down as Hurricane Newton approaches

Rapidly strengthening Tropical Storm Newton drenched parts of western Mexico on Monday as it headed north toward the Baja California peninsula, where it threatens to strike near the resorts of …


Hermine becomes a hurricane; storm surge expected in Florida

The storm bearing down on Florida’s northwest coast strengthened into Hurricane Hermine on Thursday afternoon and is on its way to becoming the first hurricane to strike Florida in 11 …


Hurricane churns toward Hawaii; people stock up, board up

Preparing for what could be the first hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii in years, residents on the Big Island are stocking up on food and water and seeking shelter …


Elderly Japanese among 11 dead in typhoon onslaught

Heavy rain from Typhoon Lionrock flooded towns across Japan’s north and left at least 11 people dead, most of them elderly residents at a nursing home who could not escape …


North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

Business owners, beachgoers, and fishing captains on North Carolina’s Outer Banks were warily watching tropical weather Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer.


Iceland’s Met Office: 2 earthquakes rock large volcano

Iceland’s Meteorological Office says two earthquakes early Monday rocked the caldera of Katla, one of the country’s largest volcanos.


Residents dig out after tornadoes strike Indiana, Ohio

A wave of severe storms produced at least a dozen tornadoes in Indiana and Ohio, damaging homes and businesses but causing no serious injuries, authorities said Thursday, as crews worked …


Oregon’s drought conditions worsen during fifth dry year

Drought conditions in Oregon are worsening, even though the year’s precipitation has been close to average.


Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world

The cod isn’t just a fish to David Goethel. It’s his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry.


Two campers presumed dead found alive after flooding

U ANSTED, W.Va. – Two men who were presumed dead when a camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said …


Tropical Depression Bonnie dissipates after heavy rains

Tropical Depression Bonnie and its heavy rains dissipated over South Carolina on Monday, as a wet Memorial Day holiday weekend comes to an end in the area.


Coal program on agenda for Seattle meeting

The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting public input for its review of the federal coal program.


Cloud-seeding program to continue in Idaho

Idaho water managers say they will step up funding for a cloud seeding program that’s already been credited with increasing the state’s mountain snowpack.


Expect more Atlantic tropical storms than past 3 years, NOAA says

U.S. government forecasters expect a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, after three relatively slow years. But they also say climate conditions that influence storm development are making it difficult to predict …


Washington preparing as wildfire season starts early

Washington’s wildfire season got off to an abrupt and early start this month when two separate blazes tore through dry, steep forest, fueling worries about what lies ahead.


Cyclone kills 11 in Bangladesh, forces thousands from homes

A cyclone unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on Bangladesh’s southern coastal region on Saturday, killing at least 11 people and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes.


Carbon dioxide levels jump by record amount due to El Nino

Measurements show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.


Drought concerns persist in parts of Montana

A wet and cooler spring has eased drought concerns over parts of western Montana, but severe drought conditions remain along the Rocky Mountain Front after two straight winters of lower …


52 climate activists arrested in Washington railroad protest

SEATTLE – Authorities cleared the railroad tracks of protesters and arrested 52 climate activists Sunday morning in Washington state, after a two-day shutdown. About 150 people spent the night in …


Storm threat shifts after day of hail, wind in central U.S.

Springtime storms developed in parts of the Midwest and South on Wednesday, with forecasters warning that hail and high winds would be a bigger concern than tornadoes.


Storms bring hail, strong winds, small tornadoes to Plains

Forecasters are warning that severe storms could bring “significant” tornadoes and grapefruit-sized hail to the Great Plains on Tuesday, while severe thunderstorms and strong wind gusts are predicted for Mid-Atlantic …


171 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change

Leaders from 171 countries began signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.