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Facing a Health Crisis, Cities Implore Courts to Limit Pollution

The coronavirus is a case study in the limits of federalism. Where the federal government has declined to gather and distribute masks, gloves and ventilators, states and cities have been forced to compete for medical supplies, paying exorbitant prices to secure needed equipment. Where the federal government has been slow to ramp up testing, states andREAD MORE

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Environmental Scientists Want Help Coping With Their Grief

Scientist Tim Gordon studies how rising temperatures are damaging corals in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where intense cyclones and warm waters have caused extensive damage in recent years. What he sees brings him to tears. “They used to be some of the most colorful, vibrant, bustling, noisy ecosystems in the world, but now many of themREAD MORE

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Illegal Gold Mining Is Laying Waste to the Amazon

Last summer, scientist Maria Rodriguez traveled to the Peruvian region of Madre de Dios, once the home of lush rainforests, meandering rivers and thriving wildlife. But her destination was anything but picturesque. She’d come to study several sites ravaged by illegal gold mining that had left a legacy of destruction and mercury poisoning. One area, inREAD MORE

Scientists Use the Dark of Night to Generate Clean Energy

Scientists Use the Dark of Night to Generate Clean Energy

Researchers are repurposing an ancient technology for the modern age. Scientist Aaswath Raman long has been keen on discovering new sources of clean energy by creating novel materials that can make use of heat and light. And lately, he has focused on developing better cooling systems, perhaps inspired by childhood summer visits to his grandparents in Mumbai,READ MORE

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Criminal Justice in the Age of Climate Change

Post-Hurricane Harvey Houston is a case study in how worsening weather conditions can make an already-unwieldy system more unjust. It was long predicted that Houston was unprepared for a hurricane like Harvey, yet the storm caught the city off-guard when it landed a year and a half ago. Hurricane Harvey dawdled over the region for aREAD MORE


The Iconic Joshua Tree Is in Trouble

Trees that have survived for millennia could perish by century’s end. Botanist Lynn Sweet regularly treks through California’s Joshua Tree National Park, nearly 800,000 acres that lie at the intersection of the Mojave and Colorado deserts. She likes to photograph the gnarly, spikey-limbed trees, which look — as some have observed — like a picture from a Dr. Seuss children’sREAD MORE


The Radical Philosophy of Extinction Rebellion

“When it’s a fight for your life, you’re willing to throw down.” An Extinction Rebellion protest on Blackfriars Bridge in London, November 17, 2018. Source: Julia Hawkins New York police recently arrested 66 protestors who rallied outside The New York Times building to compel the newspaper to make climate change a front-page issue. The demonstrators belonged to ExtinctionREAD MORE


New Research Shows Malaria Can Spread In Cooler Climates

Researchers warn a small rise in temperatures could mean a giant leap for malaria. Mosquito on skin. Source: Pixabay For nearly a century, scientists thought that malaria could only spread in places where it is really hot. That’s because malaria is spread by a tiny parasite that infects mosquitoes, which then infect humans — and this parasite loves warm weather.READ MORE


Island Trees Have Nowhere to Run From Climate Change

“If these species are left to fend for themselves, climate change will eventually drive them extinct.” Maui, Hawaii. Source: Pixabay Kyle Rosenblad was hiking a steep mountain on the island of Maui in the summer of 2015 when he noticed a ruggedly beautiful tree species scattered around the landscape. Curious, and wondering what they were, he tookREAD MORE

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Fossil Fuel Protesters Push a Coal Plant to Become a Solar-Powered Data Center

How activists turned around a plan for more fossil fuels. Lisa Marshall isn’t your typical activist. For one thing, she’s not into crowds and didn't originally see herself among the legion of fossil fuel protesters. “I don’t really like rallies,” Marshall, a mom of three from upstate New York, said. “They’re a little stressful — not my favorite thing.”READ MORE

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Tree Rings Reveal Climate Secrets of the Forest

Neil Pederson’s introduction to tree rings came from a “sweet and kindly” college instructor, who nevertheless was “one of the most boring professors I’d ever experienced,” Pederson said. “I swore tree rings off then and there.” But they kept coming back to haunt him. As a future forest ecologist, he needed to learn more about theREAD MORE

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Ghana’s “Queen Fishmongers” Face An Uncertain Future

Each morning, men living in fishing communities along Ghana’s coastline push off in search of the day’s catch. But when the boats come back to shore, it’s the women who take over. In Ghana’s fishing industry, women process and sell the fish caught by men. A “queen” fishmonger — known as the “Konkohemaa” — holds court as the most powerfulREAD MORE

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And the Nobel Prize for Climate Change Goes To…

When Swedish chemist and inventor of dynamite Alfred Nobel died in 1896, he left his considerable fortune to fund annual prizes given to individuals who had conferred “the greatest benefits” to humanity during the previous year. But his vision only included five fields deemed worthy of recognition at the time: chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, literature,READ MORE

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For Detroit Students, Water Fountains Are Health Hazards

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has created an office for clean water, housed within the newly formed Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, to investigate complaints about water quality. “Right now, communities across our state don’t trust the water coming out of their taps, and there is a real lack of trust in state government,” WhitmerREAD MORE

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Native Sámi People Face Perils of Climate Change (PHOTOS)

Europe’s only recognized indigenous people are losing their culture to climate change. Frozen lake near Jokkmokk, Sweden. Source: Environmental Justice Foundation One of the key findings of the most recent UN report on the mounting perils of climate change is that rising temperatures pose a distinct risk to indigenous people, who are often small farmers, fishers orREAD MORE

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Scientists Call for Artificial Trees to Fight Climate Change

Plants are humanity’s greatest ally in the fight against climate change. Plants soak up carbon dioxide and turn it into leaves and branches. The more trees humans plant, the less heat-trapping carbon pollution in the air. Unfortunately, plants require a lot of water and land, so much that humans might need to find a new allyREAD MORE

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Climate Change May Be Fueling Cold Winter Spells in the Northeast

Early this week, record cold blasted the Northeast, as Boston, Massachusetts saw a high of 10 degrees F, and nearby Worcester saw the temperature top out at just 1 degree F. Meteorologists say this is just the beginning of a lengthy stretch of freezing weather. Paradoxically, frosty winter temperatures in some areas have been linked toREAD MORE


Climate Change Leading to Real-Life ‘Angry Birds’

Mild winters and early springs are leading to fatal conflicts between birds. Baby birds in a nest. Source: Pixabay Most Europeans know the great tit as an adorable, likeable yellow-and-black songbird that shows up to their feeders in the winter. But there may be one thing they don’t know. That cute, fluffy bird can be a relentless killer.READ MORE


Wildlife Under Siege at the World’s Oldest Lake

Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a UNESCO world heritage site, is imperiled by rising temperatures and pollution. Lake Baikal. Source: W0zny Lake Baikal is the world’s oldest and deepest lake. It’s at least 20 million years old, and roughly a mile deep at its lowest point. The Siberian lake contains holds more water than all the North American GreatREAD MORE


This Robot is Replanting Endangered Reefs With Heat-Resistant Corals

Meet LarvalBot. She’s here to save the sea. LarvalBot. Source: Great Barrier Reef Foundation, photographer Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum The climate is changing faster than many species can adapt, so scientists are trying to speed up evolution by fostering the spread of creatures who can take the heat. Think of it as natural section with a littleREAD MORE


Why Are Sea Levels Rising Unevenly?

Scientists say the answer is in the ice. Source: Pexels Scientists know that sea levels have risen more in some places during the past century than in others. They’ve gone up faster along the Mid-Atlantic States, particularly near Cape Hatteras and the Chesapeake Bay, compared to north along the Gulf of Maine and south along the SouthREAD MORE

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Advocates Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell the Truth About Climate Change

It has been a tough few months for climate change. In October, an international body of climate scientists declared humans have a little more than a decade to make the drastic changes needed to keep rising temperatures reasonably in check. In November, federal scientists released an equally grim assessment detailing the unprecedented floods, droughts and wildfiresREAD MORE

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For a Happier, Healthier World, Live Modestly

Gibran Vita makes every effort to get rid of the dispensable. He lives in a small home and wears extra layers indoors to cut his heating bills. He eats and drinks in moderation. He spends his leisure time in “contemplation,” volunteering or working on art projects. “I like to think more like a gatherer, that is,READ MORE


Black Truffles Imperiled by Climate Change

Severe heat and drought could decimate European truffle production. A black truffle. Source: Glen MacLarty Scientist Paul Thomas won’t forget the first time he ripped into a package of truffles he ordered from France after his own attempts to forage for this delicacy in the UK had failed. “Once I opened the packet, the aroma filled myREAD MORE


Ragweed Is Moving North

Scientists predict the allergenic plant will proliferate and expand northward thanks to climate change. Source: Pixabay Kristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her community is chock-full of it.READ MORE

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Lyme Disease Expected to Surge

German physician Alfred Buchwald had no clue that the chronic skin inflammation he described in 1883 was the first recorded case of a serious tick-carrying disease, one that would take hold in a small Connecticut town almost a century later and go on to afflict people across the United States. Today we know a lot moreREAD MORE


Seed by Seed and Bus By Bus (VIDEO)

Communities across the U.S. are working on climate solutions. Source: Pexels Wildfires, sea level rise, air pollution, asthma — you don’t have to go far to find communities living with climate change impacts. But there are also climate solutions everywhere you look. This summer, the Freedom to Breathe Tour visited communities across the country that are working toREAD MORE


How to Dance Like a Glacier (VIDEO)

GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet is a ballad for the dying Arctic. GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet. Source: Rob Cannon Eighteenth century French choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre once wrote, “A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself.” Noverre was arguing for the immediacy of dance. Twenty-first century American choreographer Diana Movius tookREAD MORE

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Putting Speed Bumps in Hurricane Alley

The advantages of wind power are well-known. Wind is clean, plentiful and renewable. Installing turbines in large numbers could help wean our carbon-intensive civilization from its addiction to fossil fuels. New research suggests that one day there could be another major benefit: massive installations of wind turbines could lessen the deluge when powerful hurricanes bring devastatingREAD MORE