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Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate Due to Climate Change

Alaskan Village Votes to Relocate Due to Climate Change

A Native American village in Alaska has voted to relocate its entire population of some 600 people due to the threat of rising seas, officials said on Thursday. Shishmaref, located on a tiny island north of the Bering Strait that separates the United States and Russia, is losing up to 10 feet of shoreline each year, according to … Read More

How a Volcano Hid the Acceleration of Sea Level Rise

How a Volcano Hid the Acceleration of Sea Level Rise

An uptick in sea level rise caused by greenhouse gas pollution during the past two decades has been hiding behind a volcano. The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in Indonesia in 1991 sent tens of millions of tons of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere.… Read More

Climate Change’s Fingerprints All Over California Wildfires

Climate Change’s Fingerprints All Over California Wildfires

Reports this week from the front lines of the Sand Fire in Southern California painted the scene as apocalyptic. The drought-fueled blaze was explosive, fast-moving and devastating, burning through 38,000 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley and forcing the evacuation of more than 10,000 homes. If the state’s wildfire season holds true to forecasts… Read More

Local Efforts to Save Coral Reefs May Be Futile

Local Efforts to Save Coral Reefs May Be Futile

Scientists agree that coral reefs will continue to be decimated if climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels, farming and deforestation is not addressed. They disagree, however, over whether local efforts to restrict fishing and reduce water pollution will make meaningful differences in a world of fast-rising temperatures.… Read More

Can One Polluted Island Help A Drowning Country?

Can One Polluted Island Help A Drowning Country?

Anybody who has made a sandcastle knows that building walls to hold back the ocean is always a losing game. But on an island where the ocean creeps closer every year, it’s a dangerous game people are being forced to play. Kiribati is a country of 33 such islands. With a population of over 100,000 at risk of losing their homes, livelihoods and… Read More

Trying to Save an Endangered Islands’ Cultural Heritage

Trying to Save an Endangered Islands’ Cultural Heritage

Along a pier in San Pedro, Calif., a small fishing community brings in their catch each day, the salty breeze mingling with the smell of fish. This, says Bauea Crosby, is the only place nearby that reminds her of home. Bauea is a high school and community college teacher in nearby Concord. But for her, home is thousands of miles away in the small… Read More

Threat to Salmon Imperils Alaska’s Culture

Threat to Salmon Imperils Alaska’s Culture

Standing chest deep in the cold waters of the Kenai River, I can see salmon skim the surface of the water farther out in the middle of the river. I feel the tug in the big net I hold in the current and run up on shore with the net in tow to pull out the salmon. Glistening on the sand, this fish is one of the many my family will catch this summer… Read More

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

California Drought, Marine Heat More Likely With Warming

A persistent wash of warm waters off the West Coast, which caused wildlife die-offs and blocked drought-quenching storms from reaching California, was caused by the happenstance interplay of natural ocean cycles, research findings published Monday show. The findings also suggested that while the drought and the blob of warm water were the result o… Read More

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Hotter Years, More Fires The average number of large wildfires burning across the Western U.S. each year has tripled from the 1970s to the 2010s.

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