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Climactic Change

Climate change is no longer an open question—for researchers today, it's a baseline assumption. How these changes will impact ecosystems, public health, and our future are now the questions we need to ask.

Melting sea ice gives phytoplankton the space to pump out cloud-forming gasses

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With warming temperatures, microscopic plankton are creating big clouds that could further affect Arctic temperatures

Elisa Bonnin, University of Washington

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Warming oceans cast a chill over New England's sea turtles

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Recent research suggests warming seas will cause more stranded sea turtles

Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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How shadowy tax havens skirt conservation efforts

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Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

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These corals love the warming oceans

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Gina Mantica, Tufts University

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Climate is getting more extreme in every possible way

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Coleman Harris, Vanderbilt University

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After Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's water quality will go down the toilet

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Floodwaters contaminated with coal ash, human sewage, and animal waste throw the entire watershed out of balance

Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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How farmers on the Great Plains are changing the local climate

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Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Tropical rainforests may be near a tipping point beyond our control

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Michael Graw, Oregon State University

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A gold rush in the Peruvian Amazon threatens to fill a vital and diverse ecosystem with mercury

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Bats are the canaries in the Amazonian goldmine

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

Why don't Americans care about chemicals?

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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Low doses of contaminants, long ignored, can have vast consequences

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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What does California's future look like? Scientists asked trees

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Daniel Ackerman, University of Minnesota

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What the Ice Age tells us about how plants will manage in a hotter world

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New research seems to resolve a puzzle of why plants struggled in the past

Baird Langenbrunner, UC Irvine

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Pollution and climate change hurt children most of all

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Renee Salas, Massachusetts General Hospital

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How Saharan dust can influence health all the way in Florida

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Maite Ghazaleh Bucher, University of Georgia

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What ancient corn farmers can teach us about engineering crops for climate change

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In the era of GMO crops, farmers can learn old lessons of diversity

Gabriela Serrato Marks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

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Brittney Borowiec, Wilfrid Laurier University

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We know how to fight wildfires effectively. Why don't we do it?

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Michael Graw, Oregon State University

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Some good news: peatlands might help store more carbon as temperatures rise

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Don't drain these swamps

Becky Parker, Nova Scotia Nature Trust