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Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Study: Water Use Skyrockets as Fracking Expands

Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought … Read More

Water Use Declining as Natural Gas Grows

Water Use Declining as Natural Gas Grows

As the U.S. has undergone a rapid and massive shift to natural gas from coal, one benefit has gone almost entirely overlooked: the amount of water needed to cool the nation’s power plants has dropped substantially. The widespread adoption of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technology has led to dramatically higher natural gas production in the … Read More

Rapidly Acidifying Arctic Ocean Threatens Species

Rapidly Acidifying Arctic Ocean Threatens Species

Parts of the Arctic Ocean within the next 10 years could reach levels of ocean acidification that would threaten the ability of marine animals to form shells, new research suggests. Die-offs in such creatures could have ramifications up the food chain in areas that include some of the most productive fisheries in the world and provide a preview… Read More

Alaska’s Glaciers Seen as Major Source of Sea Level Rise

Alaska’s Glaciers Seen as Major Source of Sea Level Rise

The ice that tumbles into the ocean along Alaska’s coastline often makes for dramatic images that show one of the ravages of climate change – melting tidewater glaciers that contribute to sea level rise. But a new study finds that far more meltwater is flowing into the sea from a similar, if less frequently photographed source – inland glaciers. … Read More

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked Early

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked Early

An Italian newspaper on Monday published a leaked copy of Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited message exhorting humanity to be better stewards of the planet and to combat issues like climate change. The papal letter, or encyclical as it is called, has received considerable attention in environmental, political and climate science communities because… Read More

Drought Takes $2.7 Billion Toll on California Agriculture

Drought Takes $2.7 Billion Toll on California Agriculture

The record-breaking drought in California — brought about by a severe lack of precipitation, especially mountain snows — has exacted a $2.7 billion toll on the state’s economy because of agricultural losses, researchers said Tuesday. During a briefing for the California Department of Food & Agriculture, scientists from the University of California … Read More

Ocean Species Set for Reshuffle Unseen in 3 Million Years

Ocean Species Set for Reshuffle Unseen in 3 Million Years

The world’s oceans could face a massive reshuffling by the end of the century, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in as many as 3 million years, due to warming waters. Changes are already afoot in the oceans. Roughly 93 percent of the heat trapped by human greenhouse gas emissions is ending up in the world’s seas and already contributing to … Read More

Vietnam’s Coffee Crops Suffer Rising Temps and Drought

Vietnam’s Coffee Crops Suffer Rising Temps and Drought

The last time Nguyen Van Viet saw water in his well was almost four months ago. The 44-year-old has farmed coffee in central Vietnam for two decades and says that’s never happened before. “This is the worst drought I’ve seen in over a decade,” Viet, told the Guardian. “Some people don’t have enough water to drink.” For Viet and millions of other … Read More

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20 Big U.S. Cities that Should Worry About Sea Level Rise 20 U.S. cities with populations over 300,000 that are most likely to be dramatically affected by sea level rise.

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