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Research for Drought-Resistant Crops Gets Boost

Research for Drought-Resistant Crops Gets Boost

Scientists' efforts to develop new crops able to resist climate change, droughts and other shocks have been boosted by the United States joining an international seeds treaty, a research group said. The United States this week became the single largest party to a U.N. agreement under which countries allow researchers from other member states free … Read More

Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits

Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits

Often photographed clinging to Arctic ice floes as its habitat melts away into warming waters, the polar bear is the poster child for U.S. efforts to save wildlife on the brink of extinction using the Endangered Species Act. But the act is quickly becoming a target of the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans.… Read More

The Vast Majority of the U.S. Had a Crazy Warm Winter

The Vast Majority of the U.S. Had a Crazy Warm Winter

Meteorological winter is officially over, but it felt like it ended long before its Feb. 28 expiration date. Much of the U.S. basked in relentless warm weather throughout February, turning the clock forward to spring. That follows December and January, which were both markedly warmer than normal for the majority of the country. While scientists … Read More

Scientists Counter Climate Change by Testing Reefs

Scientists Counter Climate Change by Testing Reefs

Ocean scientists will pick 50 coral reefs worldwide to test ways to limit damage from climate change, pollution and over-fishing that threatens to wipe out 90 percent of all reefs by 2050, according to a plan launched on Thursday. Last year was the warmest on record the third time in a row, damaging corals from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to… Read More

The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record

The U.S. is Poised to Set a Record-Setting Record

California's biblical deluge has occupied many a meteorologists’ mind this February. But another notable story is unfolding across the eastern U.S. Unseasonable warmth has kickstarted spring up to a month early in the Southeast, cut into already paltry Great Lakes ice cover and created skiing conditions more reminiscent of April in the Northeast … Read More

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

U.S. food security, forest health, and the ability of farmers to respond to climate change are all at risk if President’s Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture brings climate change skepticism to the agency, agricultural researchers and environmental law experts say. That concern takes root not only in Trump’s own statements … Read More

Toxic Mercury Levels on the Rise in Great Lakes Wildlife

Toxic Mercury Levels on the Rise in Great Lakes Wildlife

Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising reductions. Scientists are still trying to figure out what’s going on, but one of the suspected culprits in reversing decades of mercury reductions in wildlife is a climate change-induced increase in water temperatures. Mercury is a… Read More

U.S. Faces Huge Crop Losses If Temps Keep Rising

U.S. Faces Huge Crop Losses If Temps Keep Rising

If global temperatures continue to rise, the United States faces big drops in harvests of major food crops by 2100, which may push up global food prices, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said on Thursday. By 2100, if global emissions rise at "business as usual" levels, the world will see twice as many days with temperatures above … Read More

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Which Season is Warming Fastest? For most of the country, winter is warming faster than the other three seasons.

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