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Studies of Two Reefs Reveal They May Be Damaged Beyond Recovery

The Pacific Ocean’s Great Barrier Reef and reefs of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean may never overcome the effects of global warming, scientists say.

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Scientists Seek to Slice Bread’s Climate Impact

From cultivating the soil to transporting flour, everything about bread has helped warm the globe and change the climate.

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Water and Soil Muddy Thinking About Carbon Budgets

New research on ponds and lakes means a rethink is needed on tackling climate change.

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Climate Change Threatens Creatures of the Deep

Warming seas and increasing acidification could mean starvation and extinction for deep-sea creatures such as the pictured sea cucumber.

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Spring Moves Forward at a Record Rate

As global warming throws the seasons out of sync, an early spring causes problems for flora and fauna in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Climate Change Stems Flow of the Colorado River

One of the longest U.S. waterways, the river has lost 20 percent of its flow since 2000, according to the journal Water Resources Research.

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These Fossil Fuel Bypasses Could Soon Be on the Market

Innovative ideas by scientists and engineers to combat climate change show what the world could be like without fossil fuel.

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There Will Be Less Mild Weather as the World Warms

The warming atmosphere will mean a rise in mild weather for parts of the U.S., but a gradual global drop, scientists find.

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Loss of Wild Forest Continues to Accelerate, Study Shows

Almost 386,102 square miles of natural forest disappeared between 2000 and 2013, along with its ability to absorb carbon and reduce warming.

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New Map Reveals How Roads Devastate Nature

Scientists call for urgent protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas.

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To Halt Sea Level Rise, the World Must Cut More Than Carbon

Short-lived greenhouse gases such as methane will continue to affect oceans for centuries, no matter how much nations reduce carbon, research suggests.

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Global Warming Already Is Causing Local Extinctions

Almost half of plant and animal species have disappeared from particular areas due to climate change, with the tropics suffering the most pronounced loss.

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Cities, Cars and Other Human-Made Things Weigh 30 Trillion Metric Tons

The first attempt to measure the volume of stuff created by humankind reveals that it is at least 100,000 times heavier than the global human population.

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Scientists Tinker With Plants to Boost Crop Yields and Carbon Storage

Modifying plants so they take in more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere offers hope of increasing crop yields and combating climate change.

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Africa’s Dust Is a Priceless Export

Scientists show how different the world would be without a sprinkling of wind-borne fine particles from Africa that fertilize oceans and forests.

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Warming Wreaks Havoc on Ecosystems

As climate change negotiations continue in Marrakech, scientists warn that global warming is affecting four-fifths of ecological processes vital to ecosystems.

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Southern Spain Will Become a Desert if the Mediterranean Gets Hotter

Should temperatures in the region continue to rise, the dunes of the Sahara will march northward.

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Arctic Ocean Could Be Ice-Free Before Midcentury

By 2050, humans will have added enough carbon dioxide to earth’s atmosphere to melt all the Arctic’s sea ice, researchers predict.

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Arctic Warming Gives U.S. and Europe the Chills

The effects of Arctic climate change on the jet stream could mean harsher winters for some of the most highly populated regions of the world.

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Electric Floors Could Generate Renewable Energy From Walking

Tread on this newly invented material and the kinetic energy of a footstep will be converted into a current of electricity.

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Boom in Urban Population Will Make Climate Change Worse

A new Atlas of the Human Planet shows how the world’s growing urban population compounds the destruction caused by global warming and puts the poorest at greatest risk.

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Americans Will Face ‘Megadroughts’ and Superstorms

New studies warn that such dangerous weather events could occur regularly in the U.S. if the burning of fossil fuels continues.

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The Climate Is Changing Too Quickly for Crops to Survive

New study shows grassland species can’t survive such rapid temperature increases. The grass family includes wheat, corn, rice and many other plants that underwrite human survival.

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Sustainable Development Could Feed the World’s Growing Population and Protect the Environment

Global food production may need to rise by more than 100 percent to deal with the effects of climate change on crops in the most vulnerable regions.

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Pollution Is Turning Rivers Into Sources of Disease and Death

Human destruction of wilderness areas has added to the pollution that puts millions of people on three continents at risk of waterborne diseases.

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Dire Effects and Warnings of Climate Change Are Going Unheeded

New scientific studies address lack of awareness of the adverse economic, social and biodiversity effects that climate change is already having.

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New Patent Boosts Hopes for Carbon Capture

Cost-effective capture of CO2 from coal-fired power stations is now a much brighter prospect after a bioscience breakthrough at a U.S. laboratory.

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Soaring Population Growth Threatens to Cause an Environmental Catastrophe

The global population is predicted to rise by a third in the next three decades, a period in which the planet will be increasingly challenged by climate change and a loss of “natural capital.”

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Humans Sparked Global Warming Nearly 200 Years Ago

Human activity prompted climate change long before previous studies suggested, scientists say.

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Human Population Growth Continues to Threaten Biodiversity

Scientists find that impacts of population growth on the planet’s biodiversity aren’t generally as bad as has been feared—but are intensifying rapidly in species-rich areas.

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Reforestation Can Turn Back the Carbon Clock

Halting tree-felling and land clearance is not enough to save tropical rainforests without restoration programs in degraded areas, scientists say.

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Hopes Rise for Underground Carbon Storage Scheme

A study of natural carbon dioxide reservoirs shows that the greenhouse gases could be safely stored deep underground for tens of thousands of years.

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Climate Change Helps Drive Ethnically Divided Societies Into Armed Conflict

New scientific research confirms that climate-related extremes of heat or drought lead people divided by race or culture to fight over life’s necessities.

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Carbon Emission Targets Set at 2015 Paris Conference May Be Too Little, Too Late

U.K. scientists warn that we may have already emitted enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to take air temperatures above a “safe” global threshold.

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Droughts Dry Up Amazon’s ‘Green Lungs’

Serious tree loss and stunted growth caused by repeated droughts in the Amazon Basin have damaged the rainforest’s vital ability to store atmospheric carbon.

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Humanity Is Playing High-Risk Ecological Roulette

Analysis of millions of records by thousands of scientists across the world shows that human impacts have helped push the planet’s vital biodiversity into the danger zone.

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Disturbing Forests Damages Natural Diversity

Ensuring tropical forests are protected from human intrusion is vital if they are to preserve the many creatures that inhabit them, researchers say.

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Climate Change Disrupts Wildlife Schedule

The largest ever study of how climate sensitivity manifests itself in the seasonal behavior of U.K. plants and animals warns that some species may struggle to survive.

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Look at Climate’s Past Shows Warming Could Be Much Greater Than Originally Thought

Reconstruction of climate events long before the Ice Ages shows that failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could eventually lead to temperatures rising by up to 10 degrees.

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Red Alert as Arctic Snows Melt Faster

Microscopic forms of colored algae are suspected of helping to speed up the melting rate of snow by reducing its crucial ability to reflect the sun’s rays.

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Pledges Made at Paris Climate Talks Will Not Contain Global Warming

New research shows that a “controlled implosion” of the fossil fuel industry and a technological explosion of renewable energy are needed to meet targets on restricting global warming.

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China Can Harness the Winds of Change

Strategically siting wind turbines where their energy can most easily be fed into the national grid could help meet over a quarter of China’s massive electricity demand.

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The Warming Arctic Is Creating a Greenhouse Gas Danger Zone

Researchers warn that thawing soil in the Arctic tundra’s permafrost will release deadly quantities of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

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‘Street Value’ of California Trees Is $1 Billion

Researchers calculate the huge environmental and economic benefits to taxpayers of the trees that line many streets in California’s cities and suburbs.

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Race Is On to Feed a Warming World

As global temperatures rise, scientists warn that plant breeders will need to accelerate development schedules if they are to ensure the ever-growing population can be fed.

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Climate Change Threatens to Obliterate Great Barrier Reef Corals

The worst-ever bleaching event affects 93 percent of Australia’s famous reef, as rising temperatures and sea levels bring swift death to vast swaths of the colorful creatures.

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Wildlife Needs New Corridors to Escape Rising Heat

Rising temperatures will force wild creatures to seek cooler refuges—but safe routes for them to migrate may be scarce, scientists say.

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Ducks Are Showing Us How the Pacific Ocean Is Changing

Tracking eider ducks with satellite transmitters as they seek to stock up on food before the Arctic winter gives scientists a deeper insight into shifts in ocean ecosystems.

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Global Warming Threatens the Material Basis of the Global Economy

Research shows that the effects of extreme heat and weather events on production of raw materials has far-reaching and costly financial implications.

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Record CO2 Levels Signal Sizzling Summers

As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches a historic high point that could continue for a lifetime, summer temperatures are also heading toward record levels.

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