Australia cuts outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ for first time, citing climate change

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and has become a potent symbol of the damage wrought by global warming.
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Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra joins Host Bobby Bascomb to discuss how a coal plant that transformed Paradise, Kentucky into a ghost town is now being shut down. Then, they look at a study from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, which confirms that recent spikes in atmospheric methane are linked to oil and gas fracking.

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Wildfires in Colorado cost $130 million in 2018. Here are the details, down to the $40 daily rate on portable toilets.

The drought-ravaged summer of 2018 was an expensive one for firefighting in Colorado, with costs reaching an estimated $130 million for 18 fires. Of that, the state’s share is more than $40 million.

Orrin Pilkey: Time to recognize climate realities

On the 6th of October 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a bombshell report arguing that within 30 years

Unintended consequences: Climate-hacking poses big ethical questions

As the effects of climate change begin to take a tangible toll, should we be thinking more seriously about geoengineering? Maybe. But if we do, we need to think carefully about the ethics as well as the technology.

Devastating termite infestations threaten more damage in the wake of post-hurricane floods

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Most economic forecasts have a big blind spot: Climate change

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Risks to Lake Mead, Colorado River intensifying greatly, federal officials say

Depending on what assumptions are made in its computer models, the risks of catastrophically low levels at Mead by 2026 have jumped three to six times since 2007, Bureau of Reclamation officials say.

Fly-fishing on Montana's Big Hole River, signs of climate change are all around

Nature is a powerful economic driver here, and livelihoods depend on cold water and healthy fish. People know it’s warming, but few will say that's climate change.
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