As the Arctic melts, scientists say a regime shift is taking place

The Arctic is changing faster than any environment on Earth. The old, established order is being swept away, leaving scientists to ask: What's coming in its place?
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Yellowstone science forecasts climate change crunch for amphibians

Mention Yellowstone National Park and amphibians aren't likely to leap to mind. Yet the frogs, toads and salamanders that live in the 3,500-square miles of protected landscape are indicators of the park's health, as well as environmental changes.

Shark whose head was 'slowly being sliced off' by plastic strap rescued by scientists

A shark whose head was being "slowly sliced off" by a plastic strap it had become entangled in when younger has been rescued by scientists.

Orca that carried dead calf for 17 days gives birth again

Researchers spotted the killer whale they call J35 alongside her “robust and lively” new calf on Saturday — a ray of hope for the endangered Southern Resident population off the Pacific Northwest.

We finally know why Florida’s coral reefs are dying, and it’s not just climate change

Chemicals dumped into the ocean are making it easier for the hotter weather to do its deadly work, a study says.
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Peter Dykstra: The potential of ocean protection

For a guy who's been fascinated with nature all my life, I've been to a paltry number of national parks. My suitcase has no stickers for Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon.

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Plastic pollution causes mussels to lose grip

A new study shows that microplastics are affecting the ability of mussels to attach themselves to their surroundings -- potentially having a devastating impact on ocean ecosystems as well as a worldwide industry.

Citizen science project counting sea slugs helps map effect of climate change on species

A citizen science project counting sea slugs is helping experts give the ocean a health check.

Trump OKs seismic testing, putting critically endangered right whale population at risk

Only 450 right whales are left on Earth — and the administration just authorized seismic testing in its habitat.

How do plants know which way to grow?

How do plants know which way is up and which is down? No matter which way you put a seed in the soil, it will always send its roots down and its shoots up.

Scientists eye flu, pollution in spike in seal deaths

As the number of dead or stranded live seals washing up along the coast from northern Massachusetts to southern Maine continues to increase dramatically, marine mammal experts are considering influenza or environmental pollution as potential explanations.


Research buoy raises red flags about San Francisco Bay’s health

A research buoy anchored off the San Francisco waterfront is raising red flags when it comes to the levels of carbon dioxide in the air we breath.

Decommissioned rigs: Precious marine habitats or giant lumps of ocean waste?

Offshore oil and gas rigs have a reputation as ugly and environmentally destructive. So when it comes time to shut up shop, should we remove them completely? Maybe not, some experts say.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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