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Rising Ocean Temps Bring Gloomy Outlook for Corals

Rising Ocean Temps Bring Gloomy Outlook for Corals

Beachgoers may love ocean waters that are growing balmier in a warming world, but corals, and subsequently the ecosystems they support, do not. Rising ocean temperatures are proving detrimental to both ocean species and coral reefs, with the impact on coral perhaps most noticeably seen in bleaching. On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Read More

Pink Salmon Risks a Double Threat of Acidification

Pink Salmon Risks a Double Threat of Acidification

Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater. Impacts have in the past been more studied in the seas than in fresh water.… Read More

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