U.N. establishes fund for developing nations affected by climate change

Delegates from the almost 200 nations attending the global COP28 climate summit in Dubai reached a breakthrough agreement on Thursday that establishes a fund for loss and damage in developing countries affected by climate change. The fund will funnel voluntary contributions from developed countries to low- and middle-income nations struggling to cope with billions of dollars in damages from climate-exacerbated drought, extreme weather and sea-level rise. António Guterres, the United Nations se

Fall on hold as temperatures soar across the U.S.

Fall lovers hoping for cooler September temperatures will have to wait a bit longer for autumn, as temperatures soar 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit higher than average across the Northeast, Midwest and southern Plains over the next few days. The National Weather Service said late Monday that it expects record-breaking heat on Tuesday for East Coast cities stretching from Philadelphia and New York City down to Raleigh, North Carolina. Washington, D.C., is forecast to hit a daily record high of 99 F, w

With boos, a pushback on climate denialism at the first GOP debate

The Republican Party’s varied and evolving ideas on how to address climate change were front and center Wednesday night at the first Republican presidential debate. Still at issue, however, is just how much Republican leaders accept the overwhelming scientific consensus around global warming. Following an audience question on climate change, Fox News moderator Martha MacCallum asked for a show of hands on who among the candidates believed in human-induced climate change. Only former Arkansas G

Dangerous heat for over 93 million in Midwest and South

Chicago’s commuter rail service slowed trains, Milwaukee again closed schools, and St. Louis-area high school football games are being delayed as dangerous heat posed risks for a huge section of the country Wednesday. More than 93 million people in 20 states were under excessive heat warnings Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service, and other areas were under heat advisories. Rockford, Illinois, had a heat index of 116 degrees Fahrenheit, and the weather service for Chicag

Monthlong heat wave to expand into Northern California, parts of Idaho and Oregon

Another day of extreme heat is sweeping across the United States on Friday, with daily high temperature records broken Thursday in several cities including Phoenix at 119 degrees Fahrenheit and Imperial, California, at 118 F. About 84 million people are under heat advisories. Parts of California, Oregon and Idaho that were previously untouched by the monthlong heat wave are now included in the alerts. Phoenix is forecast to continue its now 22-day streak of consecutive daily high temperatures

Blood-sicles and misters: Zookeepers look to keep animals cool in oppressive heat

Many of the Phoenix Zoo’s 3,000 animals are used to hot weather. Still, with the city reaching a record 21 consecutive days of temperatures at 110 F or higher, zookeepers are having to get creative. That means everything from fans and misters to frozen treats like ice pops for most animals and blood-sicles — frozen blood refreshments — for the carnivores, said Drew Foster, the zoo’s director of living collections.
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