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America’s Sickest Wetlands Are in the West, EPA Finds

America’s Sickest Wetlands Are in the West, EPA Finds

An exhaustive assessment released by the EPA this month based on more than 1,000 wetland surveys conducted in 2011 concluded that while nearly half of the remaining wetlands in the Lower 48 are in “good” condition, just one-fifth of the wetlands in the West are doing so well. The findings portend problems nationwide as seas rise, with planners… Read More

NOAA: Near-Normal Hurricane Season Expected

NOAA: Near-Normal Hurricane Season Expected

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, but is off to an early start this year. Not only is a storm poised to form off the coast of the Southeast, but the first named storm of the season actually occurred way back in January. Forecasters put the greatest odds on this hurricane season being a near-average one, with smaller chances… Read More

Global Warming Threatens the World’s Special Places

Global Warming Threatens the World’s Special Places

The most precious places on the planet are under siege by climate change. From Venice being slowly consumed by the sea to rising temperatures stressing out Uganda’s famous gorillas, history and the natural world are facing a threat unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. On the eve of Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer … Read More

Acidifying Waters Put Dungeness Crabs at Risk

Acidifying Waters Put Dungeness Crabs at Risk

Research published this month could give a crab connoisseur a case of acid reflux. Scientists reported in the journal Marine Biology that ocean acidification, which is caused when carbon dioxide pollution dissolves into oceans, can kill and stunt young crabs, potentially jeopardizing whole populations. “It’s something that’s projected into the … Read More

Abrupt Atlantic Ocean Changes May Have Been Natural

Abrupt Atlantic Ocean Changes May Have Been Natural

Climate change may not have been to blame for an abrupt recent slowdown of a sweeping Atlantic Ocean current, a change that delivered an intense pulse of ocean warming and sea level rise through the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere along the East Coast. Modeling-based analysis by British scientists, published Monday in Nature Geoscience, concluded that … Read More

Global Warming Will Hit Poorer Countries Hardest

Global Warming Will Hit Poorer Countries Hardest

New evidence that poorer countries will suffer the worst effects of climate change has shown that the number of hot days in tropical developing countries is likely to increase markedly as global warming takes hold. It has long been expected that poor people would bear the brunt of climate change, largely because so many more of the world’s poorest … Read More

Marine Parks Help Global Fish Stocks Withstand Warming

Marine Parks Help Global Fish Stocks Withstand Warming

New and expanded marine parks and fishing rules could be powerful antidotes for threats of famine as fisheries dwindle from climate change and overfishing, new research has shown. An ambitious new analysis of big marine data produced from thousands of dives by citizen scientists has detected a powerful link between the biodiversity of a … Read More

Sea Level Rise Could Help Marshes Ease Flooding

Sea Level Rise Could Help Marshes Ease Flooding

Along the mid-Atlantic coast, where waters are rising quickly, marshes are on the march, consuming forestland, farms and yards. “Habitats are changing fast here,” said Matt Whitbeck, a biologist at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, where dead trees still jut from young marshes. Newly published modeling shows that a looming… Read More

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Skating on Thin Arctic Ice: Winter Submarine and satellite data since 1980 show steady shrinking

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