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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

‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

‘Water Windfall’ Found in Drought-Stricken California

California’s Central Valley has three times more freshwater in underground aquifers than previously thought, drinking water that could help the state weather future drought and fortify itself against a changing climate, according to a new Stanford University study. But tapping that water, locked thousands of feet beneath the ground, will be … Read More

Scientists Urge Obama to Halt Oil Leasing in the Arctic

Scientists Urge Obama to Halt Oil Leasing in the Arctic

In a letter being delivered to the White House on Thursday, nearly 400 scientists from more than a dozen countries are urging President Obama to stop future oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean because of the significant environmental and climate risks associated with further fossil fuels exploration there. “No new oil and gas leasing or … Read More

The Weird Weather That Entrenched California’s Drought

The Weird Weather That Entrenched California’s Drought

Several months after storms fueled by a fierce El Niño exploded over the northern Sierra Nevada, California’s mountain snowpack has nearly disappeared. Scientists bid adieu last week to an El Niño that had been among the strongest on record, but that brought disappointingly few wintertime snowflakes and raindrops to the Southwest. Snow that … Read More

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