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Why Harvey Is Stuck Near Texas

Meteorologists explain that Hurricane Harvey stalled off the Texas coast because two high-pressure atmospheric masses—huge bookends made of air—have …

Climate Change

Houston: A Global Warning

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey marks a turning point and raises the terrible possibility that we've entered the age of climate chaos<p>Let there be …

Extreme Weather

Harvey ignites a second fire and explosion at Houston chemical plant

Arkema says Harvey's floodwaters engulfed its backup generators at the plant in Crosby and knocked out the refrigeration necessary to keep the organic peroxides, used in such products as plastics and paints, from degrading and catching fire. Arkema executive Richard Rennard said two containers …

Extreme Weather

In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites

<b>Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET</b><p>Officials are still trying to confirm whether Texas floodwaters have spread contamination from decades-old toxic waste sites, as water recedes and residents return to homes that, in some cases, were flooded with water that passed over known contaminated areas.<p>The …

Extreme Weather

What 100-Year-Old Hurricanes Could Teach Us About Irma

With the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey, the historic winds of Irma, and Jose still meandering slowly through the Caribbean, the last few weeks …

‘Day After Tomorrow’ Map Shows Unreal Version of U.S. Hurricanes

The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>For fans of the 2004 Dennis Quaid disaster film <i>The Day After Tomorrow</i>, …

Openings in Antarctic sea ice influence global climate

Heat escaping through openings in sea ice influences sea and atmospheric temperatures and wind patterns around the globe – even rainfall around the …

Scientists Have Had Some Wild Ideas for Controlling Hurricanes

We just can’t do it — yet.<p>As Hurricane Irma winds down — and a message from a Florida sheriff – saying that shooting guns at the storm would not turn it aside — brings to mind the question of why we can't control hurricanes. The short answer is that we can't control weather at any scale, and …

Climate Change

Washington State’s Great Salmon Spill and the Environmental Perils of Fish Farming

Just after the thrill of the total solar eclipse, a troubling nature story emerged from northwestern Washington State. On August 22nd, Cooke Aquaculture, a multibillion-dollar seafood company, reported that, three days earlier, extreme tides coinciding with the eclipse had torn apart its enormous …

Environment

Montanans Pitch In To Bring Clean Air To Smoky Classrooms

More than a million acres of Montana forests and rangeland have burned this year, so far, causing unhealthy air across the state since mid-July.<p>In August the Missoula County health department took the unprecedented step of advising the entire town of Seeley Lake to evacuate due to smoke; air there …

Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

On the first sunny day in Houston after about 50 inches of rain, residents in the east Houston community of Manchester emerged from their homes and gave thanks that their neighborhood had been spared in the floods. "Mama, yeah, I just feel blessed," said 73-year-old Maria Julia Rodriguez, standing …

APNewsBreak: Walruses in Alaska may have died in stampede

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thousands of Pacific walrus are coming to Alaska's northwest shore again in the absence of summer sea ice and not all are surviving.<p>A survey Monday of a mile of coastline near the Inupiaq Eskimo village of Point Lay found 64 dead walruses, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service …

Trump did a 180 on Harvey and Irma after he was asked about climate change

"We've had bigger storms than this," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One after being asked if hurricanes Harvey and Irma made him rethink his views on climate change.<p>"We did have two horrific storms, epic storms. But if you go back into the '30s and '40s, and you go back into the Teens, …

Donald Trump

Summer may be getting longer in waters off New England

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Summer is getting longer in the waters off New England, and that could have big ramifications for everything from the strength of storms to the health of fisheries and endangered whales, according to scientists.<p>The scientists, led by Andrew Thomas of the University of Maine, …