Category Archives: climate change and the environment

In the Arctic- the Old Ice Is Disappearing – The New York Times

In the Arctic Ocean, some ice stays frozen year-round, lasting for many years before melting. But this winter, the region hit a record low for ice older than five years. This, along with a near-record low for sea ice over … Continue reading

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‘Fallen off a cliff’: Scientists have never observed so little ice in the Bering Sea in spring – Anchorage Daily News

“In the middle of February, one-third of the ice covering the Bering Sea off Alaska’s West Coast vanished within a week when an enormous pulse of heat swept over the Arctic. Scientists were stunned.This rapid meltdown precipitated a record-shattering decline … Continue reading

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Building a Better Coral Reef – By DAMIEN CAVE and JUSTIN GILLIS – NYT

“ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, off Australia — After a plunge beneath the crystal-clear water to inspect a coral reef, Neal Cantin pulled off his mask and shook his head. “All dead,” he said.Yet even as he and his dive … Continue reading

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Damage to Great Barrier Reef From Global Warming Is Irreversible-Scientists Say – The New York Times

SYDNEY, Australia — An underwater heat wave that damaged huge sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef two years ago spurred a die-off of coral so severe that scientists say the natural wonder will never look the same again. Scientists said … Continue reading

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Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine. Scientists Are Pushing Back. – by Erica Goode – NYT

Furry, button-nosed and dependent on sea ice for their survival, polar bears have long been poster animals for climate change. But at a time when established climate science is being questioned at the highest levels of government, climate denialists are … Continue reading

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5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change – The New York Times

Every year, as the seasons change, a complex ballet unfolds around the world. Trees in the Northern Hemisphere leaf out in the spring as frost recedes. Caterpillars hatch to gorge on leaves. Bees and butterflies emerge to pollinate flowers. Birds … Continue reading

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Easter Island Is Eroding – The New York Times

  But this time was different for Mr. Huke. The crumbling site was where generations of his own ancestors had been buried. “Those bones were related to my family,” said Mr. Huke, an architect, recalling that day last year. Centuries … Continue reading

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How travellers can help to conserve the world’s coral reefs – Lonely Planet

“It’s no secret that the world’s coral reefs are in serious trouble, their prospects threatened by everything from climate change to overfishing; in fact, scientists predict that without drastic action nearly all of these dazzling ecosystems could be gone by … Continue reading

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‘There Is No Ice’ – by David Leonhardt – NYT

“There is no ice where there is almost always ice,” The Washington Post’s weather experts tweeted yesterday, referring to an area north of Greenland. Lars Kaleschke, a German physicist, explained: “There is open water north of Greenland where the thickest … Continue reading

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No Children Because of Climate Change? Some People Are Considering It – By MAGGIE ASTOR – NYT

“Add this to the list of decisions affected by climate change: Should I have children? It is not an easy time for people to feel hopeful, with the effects of global warming no longer theoretical, projections becoming more dire and … Continue reading

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