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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

New Tar Sands Impact on Climate, Air Quality Found

New Tar Sands Impact on Climate, Air Quality Found

In one of the first studies of its kind, scientists have found that tar sands production in Canada is one of North America’s largest sources of secondary organic aerosols — air pollutants that affect the climate, cloud formation and public health. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, showed that the production of tar sands and … 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

U.S. Leads Globe in Oil Production for Third Year

U.S. Leads Globe in Oil Production for Third Year

The U.S. led the world last year in producing both oil and gas, federal government estimates published Monday show, even as the country committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. … 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

Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Decades

Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Decades

Carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants have fallen to their lowest level in decades, and that trend could help states meet their emissions goals under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan if it survives court challenges, according to new U.S. Energy Information Administration data and a New York University analysis. Carbon … 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

Ocean Acidification Making It Harder For Fish to Breathe

Ocean Acidification Making It Harder For Fish to Breathe

With carbon dioxide pollution dissolving into water bodies, causing them to acidify, laboratory experiments showed silversides in the sprawling Chesapeake Bay will find it harder to breathe in low-oxygen conditions. The findings have sweeping global implications. “These fish are superabundant — everything else eats them,” said Seth Miller, an… Read More

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