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100 Days of Climate: Week 14

100 Days of Climate: Week 14

Addressing climate change using sound science is crucial not just for the U.S., but for the world. Unfortunately, that appears unlikely over the next four years under the Trump administration, which has shown signs of being apathetic if not outright hostile to climate science and science-based policies to rein in carbon pollution. Trump has… Read More

This App Shows What Sea Level Rise Will Do

This App Shows What Sea Level Rise Will Do

The oceans are rising and already creating problems from Boston to Miami. But the true scope of what the world is in for is hard to imagine. Standing on dry land today and knowing that it will be underwater by 2100 is understandable in some abstract way, but abstractions don’t exactly move people to undertake action, let alone at the scale needed … Read More

Loss of Coral Reefs Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally

Loss of Coral Reefs Could Cost $1 Trillion Globally

The loss of coral reefs caused by rising sea temperatures could cost $1 trillion globally, a report from Australia’s Climate Council has projected, with the loss of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef alone costing that region 1 million visitors a year, imperilling 10,000 jobs and draining $1 billion from the economy. The longest global coral … Read More

Scientists Just Confirmed the Great Barrier Reef Bleached

Scientists Just Confirmed the Great Barrier Reef Bleached

Climate change is putting one of the wonders of the world in a vice. For an unprecedented second year in a row, Great Barrier Reef coral have been decimated by a wave of warm water. Last year’s mass bleaching was fueled in part by a powerful El Niño, but would have been nearly impossible without climate change bumping up background temperatures … Read More

Icebergs Are Swarming Shipping Lanes in the Arctic

Icebergs Are Swarming Shipping Lanes in the Arctic

Like bees, icebergs sometimes roam in swarms. Unlike bees, icebergs can sink ships. It’s with that threat in mind that shipping companies are now avoiding parts of the North Atlantic, where an unusually large swarm of icebergs is making life miserable for captains on the high seas. Around 450 icebergs — defined as hunks of ice covering at least … Read More

Parts of the Arctic Ocean are Turning Into the Atlantic

Parts of the Arctic Ocean are Turning Into the Atlantic

The Arctic is undergoing an astonishingly rapid transition as climate change overwhelms the region. New research sheds light on the latest example of the changes afoot, showing that parts of the Arctic Ocean are becoming more like the Atlantic. Warm waters are streaming into the ocean north of Scandinavia and Russia, altering ocean productivity … Read More

Zaria Forman Finds Beauty in the Things We’re Losing

Zaria Forman Finds Beauty in the Things We’re Losing

Loss is like a black hole, sucking everything nearby into its orbit. It shapes everything left behind, reframes relationships, leaves you grasping for memories as they peel away into the murky abyss of time. You can realize all these things and yet still be completely unprepared for loss when it arrives. What if there were a warning, a reminder of … Read More

Trump Order Targets Local Efforts to Adapt to Warming

Trump Order Targets Local Efforts to Adapt to Warming

As President Trump moved this week to halt federal efforts to slow climate change, his executive order on energy and climate also directed agencies to retreat from efforts to help cities and counties adapt to the effects of warming temperatures. Tuesday’s executive order rescinded directives issued by President Obama in 2013 and 2015, which sought… Read More

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Climate Change Means a Longer U.S. Growing Season Later frosts mean longer growing seasons for the U.S.

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