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Fire Destroys Northern California Home Depot Store

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A weekend fire gutted a Home Depot store in the San Francisco Bay Area, sending up a huge plume of smoke and prompting orders for some nearby residents to shelter in place, authorities said. The …

Crews Still Dousing Fire-Damaged Walmart Center’s Hot Spots

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Crews continued working Thursday to douse hot spots at a Walmart warehouse distribution center near Indianapolis, a day after a fire swept the sprawling building and produced a smoke plume so large it was spotted by …

Saharan Dust Storm Covers Spain, Spreads Out Across Europe

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A huge dust storm swirling over Europe from the Sahara desert made it hard to breathe in large parts of Spain for a second straight day on Wednesday and gave cleaning crews extra work as far …

Coal Dust: Mine Managers in Federal Fraud Trial in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Four former coal mine officials are being tried on criminal fraud charges in Kentucky for allegedly skirting federal rules meant to reduce deadly dust in underground mines. The men worked as managers or supervisors for now-bankrupt …

Erupting Spanish Volcano Turns ‘More Aggressive’: Officials

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — An erupting volcano on a Spanish island off northwest Africa blew open two more fissures on its cone Friday that belched forth lava, with authorities reporting “intense” activity in the area. The …

Study: Wildfires Produced Up to Half of Pollution in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday. Even as …

East Africa’s Electric Motorbikes Are Fueling a Carbon-Free Future

When Rwanda’s president said last August that he wanted all of the country’s motorbikes to be electric as soon as possible, Ampersand’s waiting list exploded. The country’s first electric motorbike company now has about 7,000 drivers in line for its …

Volkswagen Loses Top Court Case in EU in Diesel Scandal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled on Thursday that Volkswagen breached the law by installing on its cars a so-called defeat device to cheat on emission tests and cannot argue it was merely protecting car engines. The …

Wildfires Receding Give Globe Rare Bit of Positive Climate Data

The dystopian images of wildfires ravaging vast swathes of woodland around the globe belie a rare positive signal for the Earth’s climate — the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by burning forests actually fell in 2020. That’s the conclusion of …

Extreme Wildfires Turn Smoke Apps Into the New Weather Apps

For weeks, smoke has blanketed the west coast. The Bay Area has seen a vast improvement in the past few days, but terrible air lingers in Portland and Seattle. Millions of people have been furiously checking the air quality ratings …