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Eastern Kentucky communities barraged by second round of flooding

Heavy rains have again caused major flooding in parts of eastern Kentucky, a region that has suffered three floods in just a little over a year.
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Biden administration announces a major offshore wind plan

The White House said the program could create tens of thousands of new jobs while moving the country toward clean energy.
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Composers, scientists, designers update Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' for an era of climate change

Three hundred years ago, Vivaldi wrote "The Four Seasons." It portrays the natural world, from birdsong to summer storms. But the warmi...
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Sweeping Mass. climate law revives gas ban battle

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed a sweeping climate bill into law recently, ending months of back-and-forth with the Legislature and c...
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Japan’s Kyoto cherry blossoms peak on earliest date in 1,200 years

The record bloom fits into a long-term pattern toward earlier spring flowering.
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Thinking of buying an electric vehicle? Read this first.

Switching from combustion engines to electric cars is only half the battle; the U.S. must also make clean transportation accessible to all.
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Biden officials to investigate Trump-era attacks on science

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy intends to ask all agency leaders to identify political tampering in science-based polici...
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Why Russia has so many oil leaks

With an oil leak occurring somewhere in the country almost every half hour, Russia records many more spills than other oil-rich states. One hotsp...
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This Russian Arctic coast has planet's quickest warming

Parts of the Russian Arctic were up to 7℃ warmer than normal in 2020. Massive melting of sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route now paves the way fo...
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DOE lab unveils technology to slash CCS costs

Government researchers say they have developed a new solvent that could slash the cost of carbon capture by roughly 19%, opening the door for gre...
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China generated over half world's coal-fired power in 2020: Study

China generated 53% of the world's total coal-fired power in 2020, nine percentage points more that five years earlier, despite climate pled...
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Biden takes aim at reducing emissions of super-polluting methane gas, with or without the Republicans

The first greenhouse gas actions under the Biden administration are likely to be curbs on the climate “super-pollutant" methane, as bo...
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