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China’s Largest Algal Bloom Turns the Yellow Sea Green

China’s Largest Algal Bloom Turns the Yellow Sea Green

The largest algal bloom ever recorded in China has turned the Yellow Sea green and may be related to pollution from agriculture and industry. Officials in the city of Qingdao had used bulldozers to remove 7,335 tonnes of the growth from beaches according to the Xinhua news agency.… Read More

More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

More Storms, More Heat, More Extremes Says WMO

If you think the world is warming and the weather getting nastier, you’re right, according to the United Nations agency committed to understanding weather and climate. The World Meteorological Organization says the planet “experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes” in the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, the warmest decade since the start … Read More

Coal’s Slipping Grip: Death of a Georgia Coal Plant

Coal’s Slipping Grip: Death of a Georgia Coal Plant

The smokestacks, more than 800 feet tall, barely peek from behind the tall pines just across from Chester Allen's farm, but to him the damage from Plant Yates' coal is plain to see. "Dang-near everything rusts out early over here," said Allen, as he walked with his dog, Bogey, past a rusty disc harrow on the farm where he's lived for more than … Read More

A Green Alternative That Might Just Save the Planet

A Green Alternative That Might Just Save the Planet

Though important as greener alternatives to oil, many biofuels are produced from food crops, such as corn and sugar, which drives up global prices in a world where a billion people are already hungry. Biofuel production also consumes increasingly scarce freshwater and the worst examples — those from palm oil — can produce more carbon dioxide than d… Read More

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

Coal’s Slipping Grip: New England Leads the Way

Coal’s Slipping Grip: New England Leads the Way

Tiffany Mellers jogs behind her two daughters as they pedal their bikes along a ribbon of packed sand along Long Island Sound. “They are good girls,” Mellers said. “They deserve a healthy life.” Behind them, a 500-foot tall candy-stripe smokestack, a fixture of Bridgeport’s waterfront for nearly five decades, rises in the … Read More

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

Cattle Weight Loss from Warming Means Slimmer Profits

America’s cattle herds will shrink – not in number, but in weight and yield – as the climate warms, according to new research that delivers an ominous warning for farmers. An extensive study of bison − those great wild cattle that evolved to graze the prairies of North America − has confirmed that animals from warmer, drier grasslands weigh consid… Read More

Simultaneous Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

Simultaneous Disasters Batter Pacific Islands

High tides have surged over sea walls defending the capital of the Marshall Islands, adding to the crisis situation in this tiny Pacific nation, where a state of emergency was declared only last month because of a devastating drought in the scattered northern atolls. In the last week, what the islanders call “king tides” have repeatedly flooded … Read More