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Explaining science won’t fix information illiteracy.

If you consider yourself to have even a passing familiarity with science, you likely find yourself in a state of disbelief as the president of the …

Critical Thinking

Apple promises to stop mining minerals to make iPhones — it just isn’t sure how yet

Apple has one of the most aggressive sustainability and recycling programs in tech, but it still pulls plenty of metals and toxic rare-earth materials out of the ground to make iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and other products.<p>That’s about to change. The company is set to announce a new, unprecedented …

Leopard numbers plummet in former African stronghold

Researchers from England's Durham University set out to the study leopard population in South Africa's Soutpansberg Mountains over the long term. …

Wildlife

Rising seas could push some U.S. migration to areas far from coast: study | Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Rising sea levels caused by climate change may drive U.S. coastal residents to areas far from the seaboard, not just to adjacent inland regions, according to a study published online in the journal Nature Climate Change.<p>A beachgoer photographs the waves as a band of Hurricane …

With Climate Change Deniers in Charge, Time for Scientists to Step Up

In a <i>Yale Environment 360</i> interview, researcher Kevin Trenberth talks about why climate scientists need to speak out in the face of the Trump …

Former coal mine could be largest solar farm in Kentucky

Once upon a time, we posted about a provocative essay suggesting that the whole of Kentucky could be powered by solar installed on former mountaintop …

A ‘Red Team’ Exercise Would Strengthen Climate Science

Put the ‘consensus’ to a test, and improve public understanding, through an open, adversarial process.<p>Tomorrow’s March for Science will draw many thousands in support of evidence-based policy making and against the politicization of science. A concrete step toward those worthy goals would be to …

Public Administration

A Lesson on Warming, From an Icy River

In the wilds of the Canadian Yukon, nature has provided fresh evidence of the destructive power of humans, and a stark warning of the dangers billions of people may face.<p>During last year’s unusually warm spring, meltwater from the Kaskawulsh Glacier cut a canyon through the ice that diverted water …

Scientists Consider Brighter Clouds to Preserve the Great Barrier Reef - MIT Technology Review

A group of Australian marine scientists believe that altering clouds might offer one of the best hopes for saving the Great Barrier Reef.<p>For the last …

Here’s an Interesting New Video Series on the Psychology of Climate Change

Like any major problem humanity is trying to solve, climate change has a lot to do with psychology. Whether the question is how to get individuals to …

Southern California is facing a serious tree catastrophe

<b>Stricken sycamores, waning willows, ailing oaks – thanks to years of drought and invasive pests, tens of millions of trees are at imminent risk of a</b> …

Walmart just pledged to eliminate a billion tons of greenhouse gas.

That’s as much as Germany’s yearly emissions.<p>It’s hardly the first example of a business charging ahead on climate change mitigation while …

General Electric

The danger of putting corporations before the EPA

Regarding the April 17 front-page article “In advice to Trump, industry targets EPA”:<p>As a 9-year-old playing in rural East Nassau, N.Y., I stumbled on a glistening puddle, and thinking its bluish sheen pretty, prodded it with sticks. When told about this discovery, my mother ordered me to stay away …

Trump Wants Clean Water Rule Gone. Now Comes The Hard Part.

Dismantling anti-pollution regulations will be neither easy nor quick.<p>Donald Trump’s comments on the campaign trail often were light on detail, especially when it came to environmental policy. But one regular refrain was the promise to destroy the Clean Water Rule.<p>The president is trying to make …

California's farms are sinking after the state's extreme drought

According to a new NASA report, land in Central Valley — one of California's most productive agricultural regions — is sinking quickly due to heavy groundwater pumping during the drought.<p>Farmers have been pumping groundwater for decades, including at the height of the most recent drought from 2011 …

How Trash Polluted the Arctic Even Though Few People Live There

The waters of Arctic are about as remote as any place on the planet, yet the region has become polluted with signs of far-off human civilization in …

Global Warming

Scientists discover Antarctica is covered in rivers

For decades, scientists have known that summertime brings liquid meltwater to Antarctica’s ice sheets. But until now, they’ve had no idea just how …

Top Trump advisers at odds over Paris climate deal

Top Trump officials are <b></b>feuding over whether the United States should stay in — or exit — the historic Paris climate agreement.<p>The president, who promised to “cancel” Paris during the election campaign, has faced calls from oil, gas and even some coal companies for the United States to remain a …

Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change

How psychology can trick us into keeping Earth habitable.<p>When Per Espen Stoknes looked at polls going back to 1989 assessing the level of public concern about climate change in 39 different countries, he found a surprising pattern in the data.<p>“Incredibly enough, it shows that the more certain the …

stoknes

The hot new trend in food is literal garbage

Flour milled from discarded coffee fruit. Chips made from juice pulp. Vodka distilled from strawberries that nobody seems to want.<p>At one point not so long ago, such waste-based products were novelties for the Whole Foods set. But in the past three years, there’s been an explosion in the number of …

How English-style drizzle killed the Ice Age's giants

Wet weather at the end of the last ice age appears to have helped drive the ecosystems of large grazing animals, such as mammoths and giant sloths, …

Trump's 100 Days of Harm: Enough Is Enough

Like any arbitrary benchmark, the 100-day point of a new president's term normally tells us only so much about what's to come. In the case of …

Great Lakes

March for Science DC: What to know about the April 2017 march on Washington

Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump has not only started a rhetorical war with the media and potentially real wars with North …

Donald Trump

Trump's EPA to reconsider oil and gas emissions rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider a rule on greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas operations and delay its compliance date, the agency said on Wednesday in the Trump administration's latest move to reduce regulations.<p>Oil interest groups, including …

Can India Save the Warming Planet? | Council on Foreign Relations

by Varun Sivaram via Scientific American April 19, 2017

Council on Foreign Relations

Our Climate Future Is Actually Our Climate Present

<b>A</b> few years ago, a locally famous blogger in San Francisco, known as Burrito Justice, created an exquisitely disorienting map, with help from a cartographer named Brian Stokle, and started selling copies of it online. The map imagined the city in the year 2072, after 60 years of rapid sea-level …

The EPA wants to know what you think about scrapping air-pollution and radiation rules

Many of those regulations were written by the Environmental Protection Agency, under the authority Congress granted it through the Clean Air Act.<p>President Donald Trump and many other conservatives see these rules as overly burdensome and believe the country should have fewer of them. Trump's EPA …

Widely-Opposed Pipeline 'Confirms Worst Fears' After Two Spills Into Ohio Wetlands

Energy Transfer Partners' new Rover Pipeline has spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio's wetlands. Construction of the $4.2 …

Environment

Birds are changing their songs to shout over traffic noise

Will it keep them from finding love?<p>You’re in a crowded bar, trying to talk to a friend above the noisy bustle of drink orders, post-work venting, and awkward first date chatter. All that background noise forces up the volume of your own conversation, making you speak in louder, shorter bursts to …

Scientists launch a global search for 25 ‘lost’ species

Once upon a time, a subspecies of giant tortoise lived on Fernandina, the least-explored island in the Galapagos.<p>In 1906, explorers with the California Academy of Sciences found one male Fernandina Galapagos tortoise — and killed it to preserve as a specimen. The next sign came in 1964, when an …

Wildlife