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Biologists Have Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They're Calling It Octlantis

I, for one, welcome our cephalopod overlords.<p>At the end of last year, scientists discovered a small octopus city – dubbed Octlantis – a find that …

The Surfing Scientists of Narragansett, Rhode Island

<i>Researching and reporting the<br>science and impacts of climate change</i><p>× +<p>Who We Are<p>An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists …

Polluting

When it comes to indoor air quality, impossible-to-see pollutants can prove harmful to human health—and our behavior may be making matters worse.<p>For most of us, our houses are sanctuaries, insulating us from the perils of the outside world. We light scented candles to unwind. We read by the …

Marine heatwaves are getting hotter, lasting longer and doing more damage

On land, heatwaves can be deadly for humans and wildlife and can devastate crops and forests.<p>Unusually warm periods can also occur in the ocean. …

EPA chief Pruitt overrules staff, gives Wisconsin's Walker, Foxconn big break on smog

The Trump administration on Tuesday exempted most of southeast Wisconsin from the latest federal limits on lung-damaging smog pollution, delivering a political victory to Gov. Scott Walker as he makes a new Foxconn Technology Group factory the centerpiece of his re-election campaign.<p>By dramatically …

Republicans have so corrupted EPA, Americans can only save it in the voting booth | Dana Nuccitelli

Like Donald Trump and the rest of his administration, Scott Pruitt has been caught up in so many scandals that it becomes impossible to focus on any single act of corruption. It’s difficult to focus on the damage Pruitt is doing to the environment and public health when seemingly every day there’s …

Pesticides

Pruitt promised polluters EPA will value their profits over American lives | Dana Nuccitelli

TIME magazine announced last week that Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is among their 100 most influential people of 2018. George W. Bush’s former EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman delivered the scathing explanation:<p><i>If his actions continue in the same direction, during Pruitt’s term</i> …

Pesticides

Trump Loyalist: Scott Pruitt Is an Even Bigger Monster Than You Thought

Fresh accusations from Pruitt’s former deputy chief of staff paint him in a very, very bad light.<p>Earlier this month, in the wake of revelations about his pricey travel habits and sweetheart deal on rent courtesy of a high-powered lobbyist, <b>Scott Pruitt</b> sat down with a series of reporters to clear …

Donald Trump

John Oliver Unloads on Trump’s Scandalous EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: He Can ‘Go F*ck Himself’

The ‘Last Week Tonight’ host didn’t mince words when it came to Trump’s scandal-plagued head of the Environmental Protection Agency.<p>In addition to …

EPA accused of urging staff to downplay climate change after memo leaks

Scientists say an internal Environmental Protection Agency document encourages the use of misleading statements about scientific certainty<p>Scientists have accused the US Environmental Protection Agency of distributing misleading statements about climate change, following the leaking of an internal …

John Kelly shut down Pruitt’s climate denial ‘red team,’ but they have a Plan B | Dana Nuccitelli

Let fossil fuel-funded think tanks make their case, then ignore it<p>In 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide is an air pollutant, which means that if it poses a threat to public health or welfare, the EPA must regulate it under the Clean Air Act. In 2009, the EPA completed its review …

Obama Administration

Coral reefs require ‘radical interventions’ to save them from destruction, say top marine scientists

Leading scientists are considering “radical interventions” to save the world’s coral reefs.<p>Galvanised by the coral bleaching events of the past few …

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water - like Cape Town

<b>Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water.</b><p>However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water …

Water

Report warns of dire future for Coral Triangle reef fish

Popular species like grouper and wrasse could be gone from dining tables in decades as trade drives wild populations to the brink of collapse.<p>The US$1 billion a year Live Reef Fish for Food Trade (LRFFT) is threatening the future of key reef predator species like grouper, coral trout and Napoleon …

Researchers used these six critical thinking steps to kill 42 common climate change denialist arguments

Sixcess!<p>Trying to argue the case for manmade climate change against those that refuse to believe all those eggheaded book-learnin’ scientists has …

America’s top weather scientists offer to set Trump straight on climate change

Donald Trump has been sent a letter by the US's top scientific organisation for weather and climate researchers, correcting him on points made in a …

Australia launches mass cull of coral-eating starfish to save Great Barrier Reef

Australia has announced a cull of coral-eating starfish that have been destroying the Great Barrier Reef, as part of a £35 million rescue package for the 1,500-mile stretch of delicate coast.<p>Following growing pressure to combat widespread damage to the reef, Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime …

Australia

Coral reefs 'at make or break point', UN environment head says

Erik Solheim cites ‘huge decline’ in world’s reefs but says shift from coal and new awareness of plastic pollution are good news<p>The battle to save the world’s coral reefs is at “make or break point”, and countries that host them have a special responsibility to take a leadership role by limiting …

Scott Pruitt insincerely asked what's Earth's ideal temperature. Scientists answer | Dana Nuccitelli

In short, from a practical standpoint, as little additional warming as possible<p>In an interview with Reuters last week, Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said,<p><i>The climate is changing. That’s not the debate. The debate is how do we know what the ideal surface temperature is in 2100?</i><p><i>Pruitt of</i> …

Climate Change

Almost Everyone on the National Park System Advisory Board Quits in Protest of Ryan Zinke

Nine out of 12 sitting members of the Department of the Interior’s National Park System Advisory Board resigned on Monday in protest of Interior …

Belize bans oil activity to protect its barrier reef

Some good news for the new year: in what has been called a huge step forward in protecting oceans and marine life, the Belize government has announced bold legislation to end oil activity in all of its waters.<p>The move is designed to protect the fragile Belize Barrier Reef world heritage site, the …

Oil Exploration

In a fast-warming world, scientists say recent cold wave was exceptionally weird

The record-crushing cold that rang in 2018 was like a blast from the past that will become increasingly rare.<p>For much of the Eastern United States, the polar vortex unleashed the coldest start to a calendar year in recorded history. The punishing cold was exceptional for both its strength and …

When does weather become climate?

When does weather become climate?<p>It's really starting to feel like the answer is <i>now</i>.<p>That map above shows how much higher than average temperatures …

Hey Donald Trump, this is the difference between climate and weather

No, Donald. Just ... no.<p>The president of the United States sent out an irresponsible and flat-out wrong tweet on Thursday that shows his total …

World’s largest plastics plant rings alarm bells on Texas coast

Communities fear impact on environment, as fossil fuel companies target region in multi-billion dollar push to increase global plastic production<p>Donald Trump’s state visit to Saudi Arabia in May will perhaps be best remembered by his participation in an all-male sword dance where he awkwardly waved …

A Sea Turtle Was Found Tangled in Cocaine Bundles Worth $53 Million

Some people are just jerks.<p>The US Coast Guard has rescued a poor beleaguered sea turtle off the US coast after it became entangled in some unusual …

Venue of last resort: the climate lawsuits threatening the future of big oil

In an era of environmental deregulation, groups like the American Petroleum Institute are focusing resources on the courts – and ‘time is on industry’s side’<p>In early October, 22 state and federal judges hailing from Honolulu to Albany got a crash course in scientific literacy and economics. The …

George Mason

North Atlantic right whales could become extinct, US officials say

• Noaa scientist: ‘You do have to use the extinction word’<br>• Study suggests whales leave protected areas to feed<p>US federal officials say it is time to consider the possibility that North Atlantic right whales could become extinct, unless new steps are taken to protect them.<p>Related: North Atlantic’s …

The Dirty Secret of the World’s Plan to Avert Climate Disaster

In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The …

Carbon Dioxide

Trump administration facing lawsuit for allowing fracking companies to dump waste in Gulf of Mexico

Donald Trump's administration is facing a lawsuit for permitting oil companies to dump fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico.<p>The Centre for …