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How Small Forests Can Help Save the Planet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:30:20 GMT

Eve Lonnquist examining trees on her property with Logan Sander, a consulting forester.More than half of the forestland in the United States is held privately by families. Small forests may be a potent weapon against climate change, experts say.

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Scientists Inspect the Great Barrier Reef, From 28,000 Feet Above

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:48:07 GMT

Researchers preparing to collect data off Lizard Island, Australia, for a study of the Great Barrier Reef that will also use aerial images.A NASA flying laboratory is using a specially designed sensor in a search for answers about what is killing large sections of the world’s coral reefs.

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A New Debate Over Pricing the Risks of Climate Change

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:10:38 GMT

A “flaring event” at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., last year. Some risks are quantifiable, but some in Congress say climate change is not among them.Exxon Mobil says it’s not possible to predict how climate change will affect its business. A bill in Congress says it shouldn’t be asked to.

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Blazes in Southeast Asia May Have Led to Deaths of Over 100,000, Study Says

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:57:14 GMT

Palangkaraya, Indonesia, during the haze last year. A study estimated that 91,600 people in Indonesia, 6,500 in Malaysia and 2,200 in Singapore may have died prematurely because of exposure to fine particle pollution from burning forests.The vast number of cases were in Indonesia, where the government claimed last year that only 19 people died.

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‘We Built an App’: Keeping Track of Louisiana’s Flood-Tossed Tombs

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:24:22 GMT

A number of coffins had either been moved or washed away by floods this year in Denham Springs, La.This year’s floodwaters and a history of hurricanes have highlighted the state’s need for a macabre and peculiar undertaking: cemetery recovery.

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August Ties July for Hottest Month on Record

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:29:59 GMT

A hot summer day last month in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain.The newest record continues a trend that points to 2016 becoming the hottest year since modern record-keeping began.

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Obama Creates Atlantic Ocean’s First Marine Monument

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:01:21 GMT

President Obama visited Turtle Beach on Midway Atoll in the Pacific this month to promote his expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. On Thursday, the president declared a marine monument in the Atlantic that is the size of Connecticut.The president announced the designation to protect a roughly 5,000-square-mile area the size of Connecticut that sits 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.

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Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 14:26:46 GMT

Highway 80, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., in June. High tides are forcing the road to close several times a year.Scientists’ warnings that the rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline are no longer theoretical.

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Trade Ban to Protect Pangolins: Enough to Save Them?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:31:52 GMT

A female pangolin in her enclosure at a zoo in Takeo, Cambodia. Her front right and rear left paws were amputated by poaching snares.An international agreement now prohibits the commercial sale across international borders of the world’s most trafficked mammals. Enforcement is another matter.

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Joe Browder, a Guardian of the Florida Everglades, Dies at 78

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:48:40 GMT

Joe Browder successfully lobbied to extend National Park Service protection to Biscayne Bay.Mr. Browder put together an eclectic bloc that prevented the construction of a jetport near Everglades National Park that would have been the world’s largest.

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Trilobites: An App to Help Save Emissions (and Maybe Money) When Buying a Car

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:22 GMT

A Smart car in Annapolis, Md. The author owns one and loves that his “little rattletrap” gets 40 miles per gallon.The app is a result of research that looks at 125 cars and measures their mileage and the greenhouse gases generated in making and powering them.

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Obama Climate Plan, Now in Court, May Hinge on Error in 1990 Law

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:12:25 GMT

Rail cars containing coal in Williamson, W.Va. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan would close hundreds of coal-fired power plants, but faces a challenge in the courts this week.A failure to resolve conflicting amendments in the Clean Air Act about 26 years ago could imperil the president’s signature climate change policy.

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