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North American Forests Not a Climate Change Remedy

North American Forests Not a Climate Change Remedy

North American forests will not fight climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide at levels once hoped for because the trees may not grow big enough, a study said. The new research challenges previous studies that said trees could grow larger due to higher temperatures brought on by global warming, said the authors of the study published in the… Read More

Local Efforts to Save Coral Reefs May Be Futile

Local Efforts to Save Coral Reefs May Be Futile

Scientists agree that coral reefs will continue to be decimated if climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels, farming and deforestation is not addressed. They disagree, however, over whether local efforts to restrict fishing and reduce water pollution will make meaningful differences in a world of fast-rising temperatures.… Read More

Warming Could Mean More Algae Blooms Like Florida’s

Warming Could Mean More Algae Blooms Like Florida’s

Nearly 240 square miles of Lake Okeechobee, the largest freshwater lake in Florida, are covered in a scum of blue-green algae that has also traveled down nearby waterways and out to the coastline. The stinking sludge has impacted local ecosystems and the tourism industry and caused Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in the affected… Read More

Global Climate Spending Focusing on Forest Protection

Global Climate Spending Focusing on Forest Protection

Forests straddling the equator are critical to a stable climate because they store vast amounts of carbon, and a new study finds that the U.S. and four other developed countries are spending billions of dollars to keep those forests intact. An analysis of how the U.S., Japan, Germany, France and Norway have donated money to climate change … Read More

Threat to Salmon Imperils Alaska’s Culture

Threat to Salmon Imperils Alaska’s Culture

Standing chest deep in the cold waters of the Kenai River, I can see salmon skim the surface of the water farther out in the middle of the river. I feel the tug in the big net I hold in the current and run up on shore with the net in tow to pull out the salmon. Glistening on the sand, this fish is one of the many my family will catch this summer… Read More

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

A persistent wash of warm waters off the West Coast, which caused wildlife die-offs and blocked drought-quenching storms from reaching California, was caused by the happenstance interplay of natural ocean cycles, research findings published Monday show. The findings also suggested that while the drought and the blob of warm water were the result o… Read More

‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

California’s Central Valley has three times more freshwater in underground aquifers than previously thought, drinking water that could help the state weather future drought and fortify itself against a changing climate, according to a new Stanford University study. But tapping that water, locked thousands of feet beneath the ground, will be … Read More

A Computer Just Changed the Coral Research Game

A Computer Just Changed the Coral Research Game

Coral reefs are increasingly imperiled by global warming. Rising temperatures and ocean acidification are destroying some of the world’s most stunning ecosystems. That’s why scientists’ efforts to save them have been going into overdrive recently, working in labs and in the field to find out what makes some corals more resilient than others. The … Read More

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