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As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

Starving polar bears, icon of the climate change movement, may be able to adapt to an ice-free summer season in the Arctic after all. Scientists have long thought that polar bears essentially starve during the summer, living off fat reserves until the sea ice returns and they can venture out to sea to capture their main source of calories: seals. B… Read More

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Genes Help Plants Handle Rising CO2 Levels

Biologists in the U.S. have identified the genetic machinery that tells a plant how to respond to more carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Four genes from three different gene families together control the density of stomata, or breathing pores, on the foliage of the healthy plant. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, … Read More

Climate Change Gets Up Close and Personal

Climate Change Gets Up Close and Personal

In the past several years, advances in both climate science and supercomputing have begun offering people like Powell a more intricate picture of the future: models of climate change that zoom in to hyperlocal scales. In 2011, the University of Idaho unveiled a model that estimated future climate for areas as small as 2-and-a-half miles over the en… Read More

Caribbean Coral Reefs ‘Will be Lost Within 20 Years’

Caribbean Coral Reefs ‘Will be Lost Within 20 Years’

Most Caribbean coral reefs will disappear within the next 20 years unless action is taken to protect them, primarily due to the decline of grazers such as sea urchins and parrotfish, a new report has warned. A comprehensive analysis by 90 experts of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at nearly 100 Caribbean locations since 1970 shows that the … Read More

Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Surpasses Brazil

Deforestation Rate in Indonesia Surpasses Brazil

the government's former head of forestry data gathering. UN and official government figures have maintained that the country with the third biggest stretch of tropical forest after the Amazon and Congo was losing 310,000 hectares (766,000 acres) of all its forest a year between 2000 and 2005, increasing to 690,000 hectares (1.7 million acres) annu… Read More

Warming Puts Emperor Penguins at Risk of Extinction

Warming Puts Emperor Penguins at Risk of Extinction

The entire population of Antarctica's famous emperor penguins could fall by a third by the end of the century because of disappearing sea ice, putting them at risk of extinction, researchers said on Sunday. The finding justified protecting emperor penguins under the endangered species act – as America already does for polar bear – the researchers … Read More

Coastal Warning Issued for Vital Atlantic Habitats

Coastal Warning Issued for Vital Atlantic Habitats

Rising temperatures, increasingly acidic seas and human destruction will drastically change the nature of the coastal seas of the north-east Atlantic over the next century, scientists predict. According to new research in the journal Ecology and Evolution, it will completely alter the forests of kelp and the maerl beds of coralline algae that … Read More

Taking a Bite Out of Climate: 4 World Cup Snacks

Taking a Bite Out of Climate: 4 World Cup Snacks

Remember how your mother put ants on a log to get you excited about eating a healthy snack? Do your mom proud by replacing those raisins with actual ants for your World Cup snacking. Insects are naturally packed with protein and omega fatty acids so you can binge without the guilt of potato chips. But bug’s aren’t just a personal health issue. Rai… Read More