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An Indian man rests in front of an air cooler to cool himself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana, in this May 31, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

U.N. weather agency: It’s record hot out there this year

- Associated Press

Because of man-made global warming and a strong El Nino, Earth’s wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, the World Meteorological Organization announced on Wednesday.

Sarah Myers, right, a manager at the Bayer North American Bee Care Center, shows a tray of bees to St. Thomas More Academy student Maria Pompi, left, during a tour of the center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson) ** FILE **

Pesticide-makers point to other culprits in bee die-offs

- Associated Press

In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens.

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US to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes

- Associated Press

The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that's on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday.

After criticism, Iowa board sends money to research centers

- Associated Press

Reversing course after days of criticism, Iowa regulators transferred funding Monday that they had withheld for months from university centers that study alternative energy and global warming.

Colorado wildlife officials revisit wolf concerns

Associated Press

Colorado wildlife officials are considering renewing their opposition to the introduction of wolves as the federal government considers recovery plans for the Mexican wolf.

New York plots path to renewable energy goal

- Associated Press

New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of generating half the state's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Obama quashes Keystone XL in bid to boost climate leverage

- Associated Press

Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy.

FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, a dry water ditch is seen next to a corn field in Cordova, Md. The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a Senate bill that would block new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development. Senators are voting Tuesday on whether to consider the bill. Most Democrats are opposed to the legislation, saying that the Obama administration rules will safeguard drinking water for 117 million Americans and should remain in place. The White House said the regulations are "essential to ensure clean water for future generations." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Senate blocks legislation to undercut EPA clean water rules

- Associated Press

Democrats have blocked a Senate bill that would have forced the Obama administration to withdraw new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution.