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What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

What’s At Stake in Lima Climate Talks

Seventeen years after that protocol was negotiated in Japan, the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change is preparing to take its second shot. Global climate pact 2.0, which will look nothing like its beta, is now little more than a year away.… Read More

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data

As carbon dioxide levels increase due largely to human emissions, the world’s oceans are becoming highly corrosive to a number of organisms that call it home. But the rate of acidification and related changes are anything but uniform. That’s why a new study aims to set a baseline for nearly every patch of saltwater from sea to acidifying sea so tha… Read More

Here’s How the U.S. Can Adapt to Climate Change

Here’s How the U.S. Can Adapt to Climate Change

Climate change is being felt locally, through floods, heatwaves and other meteorological maladies, but there’s little sense in leaving the mammoth task of climate adaptation to local communities to figure out for themselves. That’s why the Obama Administration convened a panel of local, state and tribal leaders last year to advise the federal gove… Read More

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Palm Oil Production Poses Problems for the Climate

Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency detected 143 new wildfires in Riau Province, the area beneath my fligh… Read More

6 Degrees: Singing Ice, Lightning Strikes, New Maps, More

6 Degrees: Singing Ice, Lightning Strikes, New Maps, More

This week's top climate news features shocking new findings and high tech mapping solutions.… Read More

Industrial Farming Plows Up Brazil’s ‘Underground Forest’

Industrial Farming Plows Up Brazil’s ‘Underground Forest’

South and east of Brazil's famous Amazon, the air becomes dryer and the humid rainforest gives way to emerald green patches of irrigated pasture carved from scrubby woods and native grasslands. This is a different kind of forest, hidden in plain sight and far more threatened than the Amazon. Known as the Cerrado, it is the largest, most biological … Read More

Thunderstruck: Lightning Will Increase With Warming

Thunderstruck: Lightning Will Increase With Warming

A bolt of lightning flashes through the sky and hits the ground somewhere around the world about 100 times every second. That’s 8 million lightning strikes in a single day. Now, a new study finds that lightning strikes could flash through the sky even more often than that as the planet warms, at least over the continental U.S. For years scientists … Read More

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

Listen To a Glacier, Forecast a Flood

They’re not as catchy as Vanilla Ice’s self-aggrandizing single, nor as funky as the pioneering blues of Muddy Waters. But tuning in to the harmonies produced as water courses through icy cracks in a glacier could eventually come as life-saving music to the ears of their neighbors.… Read More