Nicole Serwatka

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Scientists just linked another record-breaking weather event to climate change

Last year, a remarkable April heat wave shattered all-time temperature records across Southeast Asia, prompting public health concerns, killing at least one elephant and making international headlines. Now, scientists believe the event was driven by the combined influence of a strong El Niño event …

Climate Change

California Signed A Deal With China To Fight Climate Change Following Trump’s Paris Agreement Exit

Donald Trump’s decision last week to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement has stirred plenty of criticism, both at home and abroad. The latter wasn’t all that surprising, but domestic responses to the White House’s diplomatic kerfuffle has ranged from the Weather Channel’s …

China and California sign deal to work on climate change without Trump

Governor Jerry Brown says president’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement will be only a temporary setback<p>China and California have signed an agreement to work together on reducing emissions, as the state’s governor warned that “disaster still looms” without urgent action on climate …

Climate

How climate change helped Lyme disease invade America

Cases of the tick-borne illness have exploded since the 1990s.<p>When President Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord, Yale epidemiology researcher Katharine Walter felt gutted. “[Global warming] is already happening,” she said, “and the effects are already …

As the World Cuts Back on Coal, a Growing Appetite in Africa

Lamu, Kenya<p>New coal plants in Africa are largely being paid for by China and developed countries that are turning away from the technology at home. Here's why.<p>Few places in the world exude a sense of timelessness as Lamu, an island off of Kenya’s northern coast home to the oldest and best preserved …

7 Things You Don't Know About Mother's Day's Dark History

The holiday started as an antiwar statement. But battles over who owned Mother's Day kept coming.<p>Mother's Day seems harmless enough. Treat mom to brunch. Buy flowers. Good times.<p>But the story of the modern holiday—which is celebrated this Sunday in the United States and many other nations—is rife …

American Cities

'Extinct' Venomous Snake Rediscovered

"We were literally jumping up and down hugging," scientist says of finding the extremely rare Albany adder in South Africa.<p>Most people have never heard of the Albany adder—a small, venomous snake native to South Africa with a brilliantly patterned body and pointy eyebrows. The extremely rare …

Should Women Travel Alone in India?

Exploring India solo requires taking certain precautions and sacrificing small freedoms. But it’s worth it!<p>“In my experience, India’s one of the safest and most accommodating countries for solo women travelers,” journalist and Portland resident Margot Bigg says to me. I’m surprised by the …

India

6 Reasons Why U.S. Paris Reversal Won't Derail Climate Progress

Falling prices for renewables and a growing sustainability movement from the bottom up have changed the global picture, despite Thursday's announcement from Donald Trump.<p>After months of hinting, President Donald Trump finally announced his intention to pull the United States out of a global …

'Dragon' Lizard Named for the 'Hobbit' Pummeled by Poachers

Humans are vanquishing the “sun gazer” lizard for the pet trade and traditional medicine.<p>Smaug is in peril. But it’s not Smaug the wicked dragon in Tolkien’s <i>The Hobbit</i> that’s under siege. Calamity has instead beset <i>Smaug giganteus</i>, a spiky lizard that looks exactly like a miniature dragon—and is now …

Mysterious Shark Killer (Partially) Identified

Scientists have discovered a surprising culprit behind a rash of shark strandings in California and elsewhere, but many questions remain.<p>The leopard shark was still alive when it washed ashore on a San Francisco Bay mudflat a few hundred feet south of the runway of the San Francisco International …

Dog Meat Sales Reportedly Banned at Infamous Festival

Animal advocates express hope that the ban is a “nail in the coffin” for China’s trade in dog and cat meat.<p>In a dramatic change of course, the infamous annual dog meat festival in Yulin, China, has reportedly been banned from selling dog meat.<p>Though dogs have been eaten in parts of East Asia for …

5 Facts About the Real Salem Witch Hunt

Trump’s tweet recalls a dark period of U.S. history.<p>“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday, apparently responding to the Justice Department appointing a special counsel to investigate his and his associates' potential …

Century-Long Glacier Study May Help Us Crack Climate Change

A scientist restarts longest glacier study with sketched maps and bear mace. See how the landscape has changed in that time.<p>It's not often an ecologist gets to play sleuth in so adventurous a fashion—picking through musty papers in the Midwest for 100-year-old hand-drawn maps that lead through …

Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals

The U.S. Endangered Species Act has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it.<p>The Crow tribespeople call the grizzly bear their ancestor, the Elder Brother who protects their home, which is the land.<p>They have grizzly bear songs, grizzly …

Struck by Uganda's Water Problem, One Student Did Something About It

At 19, Kathy Ku had a simple idea that would change thousands of lives, not to mention her own.<p>While teaching in Uganda in 2010, American college student Kathy Ku noticed that both she and her host family were getting sick a lot from drinking the water. She kept thinking about the problem even …

Fast-Growing Moss Is Turning Antarctica Green

Rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal moss on the southern continent over the last 50 years.<p>The icy landscape of Antarctica is getting decidedly greener.<p>By drilling down into layers of moss that have accumulated on the southern continent over the last 150 years, researchers …

Why All of America's Circus Animals Could Soon be Free

After 146 years Ringling circus is putting on its final show. Lawmakers may unite to take all traveling exotic animals off the road.<p>The curtain is about to fall for the last time on the self-dubbed “Greatest Show on Earth,” America’s biggest and longest-running traveling circus. On Sunday, after …

Circus

Watch: Why This Sea Lion Dragged a Girl Into the Sea

In a dramatic video, a sea lion can be seen dragging a young girl into a marina after she and others fed it from a dock.<p>In a widely-shared video shot near a dock in British Columbia, Canada and published on Saturday, a sea lion can be seen leaping out of the water and pulling a small girl into the …

Sea Lions

India Launches Massive Push for Clean Power, Lighting, and Cars

Vienna, Austria<p>While President Trump wants to revive America’s coal industry, India is embracing renewables, LED lighting, electric cars, and more.<p>India is in the midst of the “largest energy transformation project in the world" organizers of the Vienna Energy Forum declared, while introducing the …

There Are Only 3 of These Turtles Left on Earth

And conservationists are desperately searching for a fourth.<p>In the waters of the Yunnan Province of China, a team of conservationists is hoping to find a turtle with some very valuable sperm.<p>The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the most critically endangered species in the world. A male and …

This Turtle Tourist Center Also Raises Endangered Turtles for Meat

Animal advocates accuse the Cayman Turtle Centre of mistreating its sea turtles and stoking demand for the meat of an endangered species, claims it denies.<p>At the Cayman Turtle Centre tourists can kiss, hug, and pass around young sea turtles. They can even take a swim with bigger ones if they want. …

100 Practical Ways to Reverse Climate Change

You know some of them—use renewable energy, eat less meat—but others will surprise you.<p>At a time when the science of global warming is under attack and many people complain of climate change fatigue, some cheering news occurred last month: A book about climate change became a <i>New York Times</i> …

Tiger Kills Zookeeper in 'Freak Accident'

The incident at a U.K. zoo has raised questions.<p>Highlighting the potential risks of keeping wild animals, a zookeeper was killed in a “freak accident” with a captive tiger Monday, at Hamerton Zoo Park in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, about two hours north of London.<p>The zookeeper, Rosa …

Why an 8-Foot Great White Shark Leapt Onto a Fishing Boat

One expert believes the story of a great white shark leaping unprovoked onto a small fishing boat, if true, would be highly unusual.<p>Seventy-three-year-old Terry Selwood was fishing off the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, when he was reportedly injured by a shark leaping out of the water …

Sea Cow Baby Boom Is Good News for Great Barrier Reef

The slow-moving herbivores are rebounding in Australia thanks to an abundance of seagrass.<p><b>By John Pickrell</b><p>It’s rare to hear good news about Australia’s ailing Great Barrier Reef, but some of its larger animals are surviving against the odds.<p>Populations of dugongs—a relative of the manatee—have …

New Map Reveals Ships Buried Below San Francisco

Dozens of vessels that brought gold-crazed prospectors to the city in the 19th century still lie beneath the streets.<p>Every day thousands of passengers on underground streetcars in San Francisco pass through the hull of a 19th-century ship without knowing it. Likewise, thousands of pedestrians walk …

San Francisco

Watch Explorers Track Struggling Polar Bears Across Russian Arctic

Amderma, Russia<p>Russia may contain more polar bears than any other country, but scientists are only beginning to understand them—while racing against melting ice that threatens their existence.<p>The Russian biologists were already on their third round of vodka shots over a dinner of canned reindeer …

Why Smuggling of This Ocean Creature May Skyrocket

JONESPORT, MAINE<p>A proposed law would bar wildlife authorities from monitoring exports of sea cucumbers.<p>It’s a bright, crisp, windy afternoon at the marina in one of eastern Maine’s tiny coastal fishing towns. On the deck of his trawler, Adam Stanwood—a barrel-chested, apple-cheeked fisherman in his …