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Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

Climate & Conflict: Warmer World May be More Violent

The study, published in the journal Science, concludes that climate events from heat waves to droughts and floods have strong links to violent conflicts, helping to explain patterns of crime, civil wars, and even the collapse of some ancient civilizations.… Read More

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland, and desiccated crops have left the Southwest waiting for rain. Luckily, July marks the start of the monsoon season and it’s delivered rain in a big so far for much of the region. A “drunken” weather pattern also brought rain to parts of the Southern Plains earlier this month. Though this has provided some ...… Read More

Food Waste Offers Unforeseen Energy Benefits

Food Waste Offers Unforeseen Energy Benefits

Societies all over the planet are running out of holes in the ground in which to dump their waste, so they’re under increasing pressure to find alternative solutions. In the European Union one of the problem wastes is food — rich people buy too much in the supermarket and throw a lot away. This is a disaster for local authorities that have to find… Read More

Coal’s Slipping Grip: Death of a Georgia Coal Plant

Coal’s Slipping Grip: Death of a Georgia Coal Plant

The smokestacks, more than 800 feet tall, barely peek from behind the tall pines just across from Chester Allen's farm, but to him the damage from Plant Yates' coal is plain to see. "Dang-near everything rusts out early over here," said Allen, as he walked with his dog, Bogey, past a rusty disc harrow on the farm where he's lived for more than … Read More

A Green Alternative That Might Just Save the Planet

A Green Alternative That Might Just Save the Planet

Though important as greener alternatives to oil, many biofuels are produced from food crops, such as corn and sugar, which drives up global prices in a world where a billion people are already hungry. Biofuel production also consumes increasingly scarce freshwater and the worst examples — those from palm oil — can produce more carbon dioxide than d… Read More

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

As these images illustrate, it's a hot, dry tale for our planet these days, with the future not offering much relief.… Read More

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

America’s cattle herds will shrink – not in number, but in weight and yield – as the climate warms, according to new research that delivers an ominous warning for farmers. An extensive study of bison − those great wild cattle that evolved to graze the prairies of North America − has confirmed that animals from warmer, drier grasslands weigh consid… Read More

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Bad news for American gourmets: the commercial oyster industry in the Pacific Northwest has been failing for several years, and may go on failing as increasingly acid oceans put the larvae of the bivalve Crassostrea gigas seriously at risk. The good news is that U.S. scientists now know exactly why things are going wrong in the oyster beds, which … Read More