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A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:01:00 GMT

Chlorpyrifos is still on the market as an agricultural pesticide, routinely sprayed on common crops like apples, oranges, strawberries and broccoli.For decades, scientists have warned of mounting evidence that exposure to chlorpyrifos may threaten children’s development.

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In Win for Environmentalists, Senate Keeps an Obama-Era Climate Change Rule

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:30:25 GMT

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, broke with his party on Wednesday to help keep a regulation to control the release of methane.Senators voted 51 to 49 to block a measure that would have undone a regulation to control the release of methane from oil and gas wells on public land.

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E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board

Mon, 08 May 2017 01:19:54 GMT

Scott Pruitt, left, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, with President Trump and a group of coal miners in March as the president signed an executive order that rolled back many climate-change policies.A spokesman for the agency’s administrator said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries the agency is supposed to regulate.

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By Degrees: A Parable From Down Under for U.S. Climate Scientists

Mon, 08 May 2017 15:32:58 GMT

John Church in Hobart in September 2010. He is known internationally for helping to bring statistical and analytical rigor to longstanding questions about sea level rise.Politics intruded on climate science in Australia. The scientists fought back, led by John Church, a leading world expert on sea level rise.

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The New Threat to Wolves in and Around Yellowstone

Mon, 01 May 2017 18:38:46 GMT

A wolf chases magpies and ravens from an elk carcass in Yellowstone National Park in 2016. Since the mid-1990s when 31 wolves were trucked into the park from Canada, their numbers have grown and stabilized.Packs of the animals, once endangered, have flourished, but biologists worry about the effects of renewed hunting outside the national park.

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Mass Die-Off of Whales in Atlantic Is Being Investigated

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:53:23 GMT

Workers inspecting a dead humpback whale that washed up on Rockaway Beach in Queens this month.Officials are seeking the reason for an “unusual mortality event” that has left 41 humpback whales dead since early 2016 from North Carolina to Maine.

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Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, Are Littering Arctic Waters

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:00:16 GMT

A photo collage of plastic fragments found in the Arctic Ocean by the research team. A study published Wednesday shows a major ocean current is carrying trillions of bits of plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there.A new study found that a major ocean current is carrying plastic from the North Atlantic to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving it there.

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Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:00:18 GMT

An aerial view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh Glacier, on the right, away from the Slims River. “River piracy” refers to one river capturing and diverting the flow of another.Melting water from one of Canada’s largest glaciers used to flow north, to the Bering Sea. Last spring, it reversed course, a case of what scientists call “river piracy.”

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Matter: Antarctic Ice Reveals Earth’s Accelerating Plant Growth

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:00:17 GMT

A boreal forest in Quebec. A new study suggests the world’s plants capture an extra 28 billion tons of carbon each year.Scientists compiling a record of the atmosphere based on air trapped in Antarctic ice found that rising carbon dioxide has accelerated plant growth.

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We Might Soon Resurrect Extinct Species. Is It Worth the Cost?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:35:13 GMT

An illustration of an extinct rat kangaroo, published in 1825. Researchers recently analyzed the costs and benefits of re-establishing and maintaining 16 species in Australia and New Zealand that went extinct in the last millennium.Scientists disagree about whether bringing extinct species back from the dead will result in a net loss of global biodiversity.

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A Creationist Wants Rocks to Study. The Grand Canyon Says No.

Mon, 29 May 2017 22:32:32 GMT

Officials at the Grand Canyon are in a dispute with a geologist who is a creationist and wants rocks from the canyon to study.A lawsuit by a creationist geologist brings to light a dispute between science and religion at Grand Canyon National Park.

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Can the Paris Climate Deal Survive a Trump-Style Renegotiation?

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:57:21 GMT

A coal-fired power plant in Ghent, Ky.Some advocates of global climate action think the pact would be stronger if the United States simply left, rather than remaining in and demanding big changes.

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Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:43:53 GMT

Iowa farmland. Historically, the Energy Department has nurtured innovation in the search for new power sources. Now that is in question.The president’s proposed reductions to the department’s research may have a greater impact on climate change than the Paris accord decision.

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Q. AND A.: For a Hotel Beekeeper, Honey Is Just the Beginning

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Noel Patterson, the beekeeper at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, harvests honey from hives for the spa and the kitchens.Noel Patterson educates guests at the Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson on the importance of bees, leads tastings and encourages backyard hives.

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