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Drought-Hardy Yards Could Ease Californian Heat Waves

Drought-Hardy Yards Could Ease Californian Heat Waves

As drought-stricken residents of Los Angeles’s hottest neighborhoods replace thirsty lawns with native plants, pavers and bare soil, new research has shown how their local climates could begin tipping back in the direction of their desert-like origins. In a region beset this year by drought and powerful heat waves, the widespread adoption… Read More

One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

One Glorious Map Shows the Future of Animal Migrations

The natural world is under siege by climate change. Rising temperatures are pushing plants and animals outside their current range. To keep pace with climate change, species will need a path to follow northward or up in elevation, minimally interrupted by human development. This map shows that path (well, paths actually) in the most beautiful way … Read More

Rare Tortoise in Australia Displaced by Climate Change

Rare Tortoise in Australia Displaced by Climate Change

Twenty-four of Australia’s rarest tortoises have been released outside their natural range because climate change has dried out their remaining habitat. The natural range of the critically endangered western swamp tortoise,Pseudemydura umbrina, has shrunk to two isolated wetlands in Perth’s ever-growing outer suburbs, and a herpetological expert… Read More

Climate Change Could Put Tiny Krill at Big Risk

Climate Change Could Put Tiny Krill at Big Risk

They may be small, but krill — tiny, shrimp-like creatures — play a big role in the Antarctic food chain. As climate change warms the Southern Ocean and alters sea ice patterns, though, the area of Antarctic water suitable for krill to hatch and grow could drop precipitously, a new study finds. Most Antarctic krill are found in an area from the … Read More

California’s New Climate Rules, Explained

California’s New Climate Rules, Explained

A progressive culture and Silicon Valley-style innovation a decade ago thrust California toward the head of the worldwide pack when it comes to shifting away from polluting fossil fuels in favor of cleaner alternatives. This week, the state Assembly and Senate ensured the state’s leadership will be strengthened when lawmakers approved two key… Read More

Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline

Study Finds Biofuels Worse for Climate than Gasoline

Years of number crunching that had seemed to corroborate the climate benefits of American biofuels were starkly challenged in a science journal on Thursday, with a team of scientists using a new approach to conclude that the climate would be better off without them. Based largely on comparisons of tailpipe pollution and crop growth linked to biofu… Read More

Study Suggests Earlier Onset of Human-Driven Warming

Study Suggests Earlier Onset of Human-Driven Warming

To fully understand the warming of the planet that is being driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, scientists need to examine the history of climate changes on Earth. Hampering this effort is the fact that direct measurements of temperature and other climate data only go back to about the late 19th century. But by using records kept by the… Read More

The Future of National Parks is Going to be a Lot Hotter

The Future of National Parks is Going to be a Lot Hotter

Summertime is primetime for national parks. As snow melts, wildflowers bloom and waterfalls roar, generations of visitors have flocked to the natural wonders that dot the American landscape (to say nothing of all the amazing cultural sites the National Park Service protects). The National Park Service was created a century ago — August 25, 1916 to … Read More

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