Houston skyscrapers may have worsened Hurricane Harvey rain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two new studies show how humans made recent hurricanes even wetter but in different ways. One study found last year's Hurricane Harvey snagged on Houston's skyscrap...

More protection: UN says Earth's ozone layer is healing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thin...

Report: Efforts to suck carbon from air must be ramped up

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. report says efforts to suck heat-trapping gases out of the air must be ramped up to fight climate change. The report Wednesday from the National Academy of S...

Oldest fossils on Earth? New look finds might just be rocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — What were billed as the oldest fossils on Earth may just be some rocks, according to a new study. Two years ago, a team of Australian scientists found odd structure...

Trump may not know what's behind warming, but scientists do

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite what President Donald Trump says, scientists have long known that what's warming the planet isn't natural. It's us. They even have the energy balance sheets...

Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Add beer to chocolate , coffee and wine as some of life's little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say. Increasing bouts of e...

Turbocharged: How Michael got 55 percent stronger in 1 day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns turbocharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida's Panhandle. Hurricane M...

Hurricane Michael headed to Florida is classic October storm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A classic October storm, Hurricane Michael is quite the contrast to September's Florence. Michael is likely to be stronger, windier and fast-moving when it reaches ...

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an intern...

Warm waters boosted 2017's major hurricane tally, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlantic's warmer waters triggered the unusual number of major hurricanes last year, according to a new study that predicts the region could see a couple of extra whopper storms ...

Florence is nation's second wettest storm, behind Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricane Florence was the nation's second rainiest storm in 70 years, a top rainfall meteorologist calculated. Only last year's Hurricane Harvey rained more over a...

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching a...

US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways. Two deadly storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread dev...

2 storms, Florence and Mangkhut, different as water and wind

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two deadly storms roar ashore on the same day, half a world apart. But the way they spread devastation is as different as water and wind. Typhoon Mangkhut made land...

Scientists: World's warming; expect more intense hurricanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Study after study shows climate change in general makes hurricanes worse. But determining global warming's role in a specific storm such as Hurricane Florence is not so simple — at l...