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Global warming making U.S. sick, report says

The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.


Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California – although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after …


Deep South bracing for heavy rain, severe storms

Strong storms could spawn some tornadoes as they dump heavy rain on several states across the South through Friday, forecasters predict.


Improved California spring snowpack won’t end drought

California drought surveyors will trudge through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what could be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year, a key indicator …


Whole Foods to install rooftop solar at 100 stores

Whole Foods Market Inc. is embracing solar power. The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain has signed agreements with SolarCity and NRG Energy Inc. to install rooftop solar units at up to …


Global warming doubts spur push to block science standards

Doubt over man’s contribution to global warming, particularly through burning coal for power, is fueling a push by West Virginia lawmakers to block new science standards in schools.


Seattle breaks winter rain record set in 1999

The National Weather Service says Seattle has broken a record for winter rainfall.


Snoqualmie Pass had 72 closures in nine weeks

Collisions, heavy snowfall and the related threat of avalanches have delayed traffic on the state’s busiest mountain pass far more frequently this winter than in recent years.


Small nuclear reactors could be coming to eastern Idaho

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear …


17 governors announce clean energy, transportation agreement

Governors from 17 states are committing to work together to seek cleaner energy and transportation, and to build a better electrical grid.


Mid-winter snowpack is near normal for the region, surveys indicate

The region’s mid-winter snow pack is near normal. If the snowpack continues to grow through April 1, the Northwest will return to normal water conditions this summer.


Blizzard fourth worst among NE snowstorms

Last weekend’s blizzard was the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday.


Avalanche danger in Cascades is high through this weekend

A forecast for rain and snow at higher elevations in the Cascade Mountains could also cause dangerous avalanche conditions for travelers and recreationists.


2015 was hottest year on record, NOAA and NASA report

For the past 12 months the average surface temperature across the globe was 58.47 Fahrenheit, a 0.23-degree increase from 2014’s record-breaking average temperature of 58.24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …


Ski areas move past poor season, cheer forecasts

Ski area managers aren’t dwelling on last year, and they don’t want customers to worry about a repeat performance this winter.


Scientists track rain, snow in soggy Washington

Using everything from a customized DC-8 jetliner to ground radars to 4-inch rain gauges, scientists are fanning out across one of the soggiest places in the United States this month …


El Nino has wide-ranging global economic impact

WASHINGTON – In California, they’re counting on it to end a historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page said the Jesuits chose Mount St. Michael, just north of Hillyard, as the site of its under-construction seminary for a …


Low snowpack presents picture, problems for Spokane area

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal. Average amounts of moisture fell over most of Washington, Idaho and Oregon …


By 2050, warm winter could be normal for Northwest

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal.


In milestone, Pope Francis will address Congress this fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a landmark event that could have many holding their breath, Pope Francis has agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress this fall. That sets the …


Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth’s protective but fragile ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, …


UN climate report balances science and politics

BERLIN (AP) — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to …


Kerry in Indonesia to talk climate change

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia to discuss climate change and press authorities in Jakarta to step up efforts to combat it. Kerry …


Climate panel: Warming ‘extremely likely’ man-made

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report by an …


Obama aims to tackle pollution, climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for …


Rock Doc: Ice studies lead science to core of climatology

Late in the last century, scientists published reams of data about Earth’s climate derived from ice cores taken from Greenland and the Antarctic. By drilling down into the polar ice …


AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is …


California sees unusually high ‘king tides’

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Seawater spread into several low-lying communities along the California coast Thursday morning as unusually high “king tides” pulled the Pacific Ocean farther ashore than normal. …


Report: Asian economies will surpass US, Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States could see its standing as a superpower eroded and Asian economies will outstrip those of North America and Europe combined by 2030, according to …