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The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

The Name of the Game: Hot, Dry, and Warming

As these images illustrate, it's a hot, dry tale for our planet these days, with the future not offering much relief.… Read More

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

Rowboat Expedition to Arctic to Highlight Climate Change

The Irish-Canadian team setting out next week to cross the Northwest Passage by row boat knows full well the hazards of the fabled journey through the Arctic: the unpredictable storms, the ice jams, the prospect of becoming prey for a polar bear. "They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being," said Kevin Vallely, a… Read More

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Acid Oceans Threaten Billion-Dollar Oyster Business

Bad news for American gourmets: the commercial oyster industry in the Pacific Northwest has been failing for several years, and may go on failing as increasingly acid oceans put the larvae of the bivalve Crassostrea gigas seriously at risk. The good news is that U.S. scientists now know exactly why things are going wrong in the oyster beds, which … Read More

Swiss Solar Boat Gets New Life to Study Climate Change

Swiss Solar Boat Gets New Life to Study Climate Change

The solar-powered boat docked in Battery Park City in New York could easily have been packed off to a museum as a relic. The MS Türanor SolarPlanet saw its glory days last year, when the catamaran went around the world powered only by the sun and energy stored in the huge battery packs in each pontoon. Now the 102-foot craft has embarked on a new … Read More

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

8 Images to Understand the Drought in the Southwest

In states like Missouri, last summer’s drought was downright scary. Farmers saw their corn shrivel in the fields, ranchers ran out of feed for their cattle, and commerce on the Mississippi River slowed to a crawl, as barges struggled to avoid newly exposed rocks on the low-flowing river. But this spring brought relief. And now, after one of the… Read More

California’s Snow Loss to Hit Winter Sports, Water Supply

California’s Snow Loss to Hit Winter Sports, Water Supply

By mid-century, the snow-capped mountains of Southern California will be a lot less snowy, according to a new study from the University of California Los Angeles. The mountains beyond Pasadena, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach and other iconic addresses will have 30 to 40 percent less snow on top and none at all at lower elevations. And by 2… Read More

From Rivers to Airports to Ice, Water Takes Center Stage

From Rivers to Airports to Ice, Water Takes Center Stage

From ice to rivers to flooding, water dominates the stage in a slideshow of the week's top climate news. … Read More

Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

The Mackenzie River Basin, a vast globally important area in Canada, is at great risk from climate change and a catastrophic oil spill from the tailing ponds of tar sands mining, according to a panel of nine Canadian, American and British scientists. The warning came just days after the Canadian Oil Producers Association says it expects oil produc… Read More