Drunken Trees: Dramatic Signs of Climate Change

Sarah James, an Alaska Native elder, says global warming is radically changing her homeland. Even the forests no longer grow straight. Melting ground has caused trees to tilt or fall. “Because permafrost melts, it causes a lot of erosion,” says James, who lives in Arctic Village, a small Native American village in northeastern Alaska. “A lot of trees...

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Three Gulf Coast victories scored since the BP spill

You will hear a lot of gloomy reports about the state of the Gulf Coast as we approach the fourth-year commemoration of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster on April 20. And that’s fair. BP deserves little cheer in the face of widespread health problems across the Gulf, for both humans and marine animals, and the disappearance of entire fishing communities....

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Largest Ever Water Reservoir Discovered in Space

Astronomers have found a massive water vapor cloud floating around a black hole in the universe, making it the largest discovery of water anywhere. The reservoir is gigantic, holding 140 trillion times the mass of water in the Earth’s oceans, and resides 10 billion light years away. Since astronomers expected water vapor to be present even in the early universe,...

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