Invasive plants are a growing problem for Maine’s natural beauty

Maine is known for its beautiful landscape and outdoors, but there is a growing threat to local wildlife. Invasive plants are causing problems, and the sale of 30 more species will be banned in Maine starting in 2024, nearly doubling the list of plants that cannot be sold in the state. State horticulturalist Gary Fish … Read more

Europe broils in heat wave that fuels fires in France, Spain

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — A heat wave broiling Europe spilled northward Monday to Britain and fueled ferocious wildfires in Spain and France, which evacuated thousands of people and scrambled water-bombing planes and firefighters to battle flames in tinder-dry forests. Two people were killed in the blazes in Spain that its prime minister linked to … Read more

Wildfires scorch parts of Europe amid extreme heat wave

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Europe, with firefighters battling blazes in Portugal, Spain, Croatia and southern France on Wednesday amid an unusual heat wave that authorities are linking to climate change. In Portugal, Civil Protection commander André Fernandes said multiple fires have caused the evacuation of more than … Read more

US caused emissions $1.8 trillion in global economic losses: study

An aerial view of Phillips 66 oil refinery is seen in Linden, New Jersey, United States on March 8, 2022. Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The US and China, the world’s two greatest greenhouse gas emitters, have each caused global economic losses of more than $1.8 trillion from 1990 to 2014, according … Read more

California officials study drought benefits of salinity barrier

On Monday, California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a draft Environmental Impacts Report, which looked into the benefits and potential negative impacts of repeated use of a temporary drought salinity barrier in the delta. It is a wall of earth that helps to keep salt water from the Bay Area from infiltrating into the … Read more

Wild species linked on by billions at risk, report warns

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every day billions of people depend on wild flora and fauna to obtain food, medicine and energy. But a new United Nations-backed report says that overexploitation, climate change, pollution and deforestation are pushing one million species towards extinction. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – or IPBES … Read more

EU decision on natural gas could threaten climate progress

The European Union’s plan to include natural gas in a list of activities considered sustainable could derail its progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a time when climate scientists are calling for dramatic reductions to planet-warming releases. The plan, approved Wednesday by European lawmakers, will allow investment in natural gas infrastructure such as natural … Read more

natural gas, nuclear are green energy in some circumstances

01 July 2022, Saxony, Lippendorf: A solar park borders directly on the site of the Lippendorf lignite-fired power plant. After more than 20 years, the so-called EEG overload, which customers pay via their electricity bill, will no longer apply. It currently still amounts to 3.72 cents per kilowatt hour. Experts do not expect electricity prices … Read more

Colorado’s water leader thinks most of the needed Colorado River cuts should be made by Arizona, Nevada and California

The federal demand to use less water is a result of the record-low water levels in Powell and Mead, which provide water and hydroelectric power to millions of people in the West. As these reservoirs drop, they’re getting close to no longer having enough water to make power. Colorado doesn’t use water in Lake Powell … Read more

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate changethe Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give … Read more