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Natural debate: Do forests grow better with our help or without?

A new study shows that the potential for natural forest regrowth to absorb carbon from the atmosphere and fight climate change is far greater than has previously been estimated.

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Is New England’s biggest renewable energy project really a win for the climate?

A plan to import hydropower from Canada to Massachusetts begs the question of whether big hydro along with its reservoirs and dams, is green enough to be worth the cost.
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Climate

Trump administration to announce plan to open Tongass forest to logging

The effort to open the Alaskan wilderness area, the nation’s largest national forest, has been in the works for about two years.
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Climate

Spots of shade may help butterflies cope with climate change

Butterfly species vary widely in their ability to regulate body temperature, according to a new survey in Britain. The research, published this week in the Journal of Animal Ecology, suggests species that rely on shade to cool down are most vulnerable to climate change.

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Climate

Ocean Heat Waves Are Directly Linked to Climate Change - The New York Times

The “blob” of hotter ocean water that killed sea lions and other marine life in 2014 and 2015 may become permanent.
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Climate

Fires turn Brazil's tropical wetlands into wildlife death traps

A group of veterinarians attempts to rescue animals injured by fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
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Climate

The Pantanal is in flames — we mapped the damage

Thousands of fires in the world’s largest tropical wetlands have put the region’s Indigenous communities and unique wildlife at risk.
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Toxics

How beavers became North America's best firefighter

The rodent creates fireproof refuges for many species, suggesting wildlife managers should protect beaver habitat as the U.S. West burns.
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Dr. Aja Carter, who studies dinosaurs, says climate change is outpacing animals’ ability to evolve

As part of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s focus on climate change, American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow Donna McDermott spoke to scientists about their connection to one of the world’s critical issues.
Climate

Corporate climate commitments are now common. Next is nature restoration commitments

The Science Based Targets Initiative first asked companies to make scientifically rigorous emissions reductions. Now it’s asking them to commit to increasing biodiversity.
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Justice

Pebble Mine executives were secretly recorded about their work to win the Trump administration’s support

A group of environmentalists posed as potential investors in a controversial Alaska gold mine secretly recorded video conversations with top executives who are trying to get federal approvals for the project.

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Biodiversity

Hundreds of whales stranded off Tasmania

More than 450 pilot whales became stranded on the west coast of the island state in Australia. Rescuers estimate that over half of them have already died.
Originals

Long-banned toxics are still accumulating in Great Lakes birds—as new chemical threats emerge

Decades ago several bird species in the Great Lakes—including the iconic bald eagle—faced an uncertain future because toxic chemicals were threatening their populations.

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Rising ocean temperatures due to climate change may shrink the breathable ranges of marine animals

The breathable range for marine animals might be restricted with the rise of ocean temperatures due to climate change, according to new research.
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Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals

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