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Coral Breeding May Help Cooler Reefs Survive

Coral Breeding May Help Cooler Reefs Survive

Corals that naturally thrive in the hottest tropical waters can be bred with cousins in cooler seas to help them survive mounting threats from global warming. Tests of corals in warm waters on Australia's Great Barrier Reef found they were able to survive bigger temperature rises than those of an identical species in cooler seas 300 miles south.… 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

The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

The World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in One Graphic

Carbon emissions are often considered in the future tense: the G7 aims to reduce future emissions and countries attending the Paris climate summit in December will pledge to make future carbon cuts. Amid all the future talk, the World Resources Institute has released new information about the present – an infographic and huge database of the world … Read More

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables

June marked two huge milestones in renewable energy in the U.S., with Hawaii and Vermont passing laws setting the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Electricity generation is the nation’s largest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, leading many states to set goals for how much of their power should come from low-carbon … Read More

Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Scorched Earth Is Big Climate Concern in Alaska Wildfires

Alaska and its neighbor to the east, Canada, have kicked off wildfire season in a major way. Blazes have raged across the northern stretches of North America, sending smoke streaming down into the Lower 48 and leaving the landscape charred. The multitudes of fires is a glimpse of things to come as the climate warms, but blackened trees are only … Read More

Soaring Temps in Pacific Northwest Shattered Records

Soaring Temps in Pacific Northwest Shattered Records

Scorching temperatures above 110°F are more often associated with the stark landscapes of places like Death Valley than the cooler reaches of the Pacific Northwest. But a suped-up heat wave has left parts of Washington feeling much more like the desert Southwest and has shattered longstanding high temperature records in many spots. The searing heat… 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

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The U.S., Brazil and China All Set Major Climate Goals

The world got a major dose of climate clarity on Tuesday. The U.S., Brazil and China — three of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters — all released major commitments to reduce or at least slow their greenhouse gas emissions, protect forest and ramp up their use of renewable energy. The flurry of activity comes with five months to go until major… Read More

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In Nevada, Fires Follow Rain In a desert state like Nevada, heavy rains promote plant growth but can lead to more wildfires.

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