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Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

Switch to Gas From Coal May Threaten Water Supply

With drought and water shortages affecting areas where much of America’s natural gas is produced, power plants making the switch to gas from coal could have other costs that may be made worse by manmade climate change in the future, especially if global warming, as studies show, means more intense drought.… Read More

Are We on the Path to Peak Water?

Are We on the Path to Peak Water?

Many scientists and experts fear that humanity is reaching the point of peak water — the point at which freshwater is being consumed faster than it is being replenished or available. In the infographic above we take a look at the amount of water use around the world. Can we cut back before we reach the point of no return?… Read More

Marine Heatwaves Severely Damage Australia Coral

Marine Heatwaves Severely Damage Australia Coral

Marine heatwaves have wreaked “almost unprecedented” damage to ancient coral off Western Australia’s Pilbara coast, scientists say. Preliminary results from a five-year year study of the coastline revealed that a remote section of reef south of Barrow Island has suffered severe “bleaching and decimation,” according to the CSIRO, which is running t… Read More

Climate Change Threatens Fish Living Near the Equator

Climate Change Threatens Fish Living Near the Equator

Lying in a hot bath may be a pleasant experience, because you can always get out when you’ve had enough. For some of the fish that swim in equatorial seas, though, that is not an option: climate change threatens to make the water not just uncomfortable, but unendurable. An international team of researchers based in Australia reports in Global Chan… Read More

Greenland’s Fastest-Flowing Glacier Speeds Up

Greenland’s Fastest-Flowing Glacier Speeds Up

A fast-moving Arctic glacier which has earned a place in history is now accelerating even more quickly. The Jakobshavn Isbrae (the Danish word for glacier) is a massive river of ice from the Greenland ice sheet to an Atlantic Ocean fjord and is thought – there is no way of proving this – to be the source of the giant iceberg that sank the Titanic … Read More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

6 Degrees: Welcome Rain, Arctic Drilling, Sochi & More

A weekly slideshow showcasing six top climate stories from around the world. … Read More

Snowmakers Save Ski Season in Warming World, For Now

Snowmakers Save Ski Season in Warming World, For Now

When Aaron Sherritt took a job as a ski instructor at a hill near his parents' home to make some extra money during college break, he didn't think much about how the snow under his skis got there. Fifteen years later, it's all he thinks about. As snowmaking supervisor at Wachusett Mountain, it's his job make sure the slopes are cloaked in white c… Read More

Dams May Provide Resilience to Climate Change

Dams May Provide Resilience to Climate Change

It’s official: Last year was Australia’s hottest on record. As temperatures go up Down Under, so do concerns about how to keep rivers cool in a warming world. Ironically, the soundest solution could mean tapping into what has long been considered a pollutant. Until recently, scientists only studied how cold water releases from dams can send a therm… Read More