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Western Wildfires Undermining Progress on Air Pollution

Western Wildfires Undermining Progress on Air Pollution

Smoke pollution is leading to serious public health impacts as large wildfires across the American West become more frequent and destructive. These fires are undermining progress made during recent decades in reducing pollution from tailpipes, power plants, and other industrial sources. The increasing frequency and area burned by large fires is … Read More

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies

The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as endangered [as wildlife] and are getting almost no attention,” said Ann Tutwiler, director general of… Read More

Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands

Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands

The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies. In this spectacular, harsh landscape, one can pinpoint more or less where human settlement becomes impossible: at an altitude… Read More

New Findings Show How Climate Change Is Influencing India’s Farmer Suicides

New Findings Show How Climate Change Is Influencing India’s Farmer Suicides

A suicide epidemic among India’s farmers has shaken the country and contributed to a doubling of the nation’s suicide rate since 1980. It’s a widespread and intensely personal issue, one that has been difficult to tease out the root source. Debt, mental health, lack of social services, weather vagaries and even media coverage have all been put for … Read More

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

Massachusetts May Overlook Climate Impacts of Biofuels

Massachusetts is considering a plan that would classify wood pellets and other tree products as sources of renewable energy, allowing the logging industry to contribute to the state’s climate goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions. However, research shows that burning biomass to generate electricity can actually make climate change worse by … Read More

Species Invasions and Global Warming a ‘Deadly Duo’

Species Invasions and Global Warming a ‘Deadly Duo’

Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo”, scientists have warned, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example. The public are being asked to be on alert for invaders such as the raccoon dog and Asian hornet, as eradication can be near impossible after a species becomes established. As trade and human travel … Read More

Climate Change Means More Fuel for Toxic Algae Blooms

Climate Change Means More Fuel for Toxic Algae Blooms

For two days in early August 2014, the 400,000 residents in and around Toledo, Ohio, were told not to drink, wash dishes with or bathe in the city’s water supply. A noxious, pea green algae bloom had formed over the city’s intake pipe in Lake Erie and levels of a toxin that could cause diarrhea and vomiting had reached unsafe levels. The bloom… Read More

New Jersey Is Cutting Food Waste to Help the Climate

New Jersey Is Cutting Food Waste to Help the Climate

A new law in New Jersey aims to shrink the state’s climate footprint and feed the hungry by drastically reducing the amount of wasted food that ends up in landfills. The law requires the state to develop a plan over the next year to cut the state’s food waste by half by 2030. The bipartisan measure, which passed the state legislature without a … Read More

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More Water Flowing in California This Year More water is flowing this year in California from frequent storms and melting snowpack.

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