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Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer
Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.
Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer
Severe Drought, Heat Upended Research This Summer

Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.

Researchers scramble to adapt as bouts of severe heat and aridity increasingly become the norm.

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Earlier Nesting in Chicago-Area Birds Linked to Warming
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Apr 4, 2022 | 2 min read
A study finds that dozens of bird species are nesting up to 25 days sooner each year than they were a century ago, likely due to climate change.
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Plants in UK Bloom a Month Earlier Than in 1980s: Study
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 2, 2022 | 2 min read
Scientists warn that climate change–induced early flowering could have negative effects on wildlife, agriculture, and gardening.
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Global Temperatures to Top Paris Agreement Limit by 2060: Report
Annie Melchor | Aug 9, 2021 | 3 min read
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says some changes are already irreversible, and warns of even more dire ramifications if global carbon emissions aren’t reduced immediately.
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COVID-19 Lockdowns Will Have Negligible Effect on Climate Change
Amanda Heidt | Aug 7, 2020 | 3 min read
A new study finds reductions in greenhouse gases are insufficient to substantially slow warming, and the authors argue that to continue the benefits of reduced emissions, policymakers will need to adopt green economic recovery strategies.
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Coronavirus Precautions Stall Antarctic Field Research
Amanda Heidt | Jun 15, 2020 | 2 min read
The upcoming summer research season has been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Ocean Circulation Is Speeding Up
Ruth Williams | Feb 5, 2020 | 3 min read
The movements of water within the ocean basins has been increasing in speed over the last 20 years, a new study shows, conflicting with prior models of climate change.
Report: US Already Affected by Climate Change
Jef Akst | Nov 26, 2018 | 2 min read
If greenhouse gas emissions are not curbed, the country’s economy, infrastructure, and health of its population will suffer, according to government scientists.
EPA Postpones Decision on Rule to Restrict Scientific Input
Jef Akst | Oct 19, 2018 | 2 min read
It will be more than a year before the agency institutes or rejects the controversial changes proposed by former EPA head Scott Pruitt.
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Climate Change Likely to Ding Beer Supply
Shawna Williams | Oct 15, 2018 | 2 min read
The average price of a pint could double by the end of this century because of declines in barley yields, a study predicts.
Plastics Emit Greenhouse Gases as They Degrade
Shawna Williams | Aug 2, 2018 | 1 min read
The materials are a previously unaccounted-for source of methane and ethylene, researchers find.
Rivers and Streams Compose Much More of Earth's Surface Than Thought
Shawna Williams | Jun 28, 2018 | 1 min read
A new estimate bumps up the area previously estimated to be covered by running water by more than 40 percent.
France Announces Winners of “Make Our Planet Great Again” Grants
Catherine Offord | Dec 11, 2017 | 1 min read
French President Emmanuel Macron awards millions of euros in research funding to climate scientists who will relocate from the U.S. and elsewhere to France.
Anger Flares over EPA’s Perceived Science Censorship 
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 24, 2017 | 2 min read
Protests are sparking over the Trump Administration’s latest move to silence a discussion around climate change. 
Researchers Advised to Remove Climate Change Language
Catherine Offord | Aug 29, 2017 | 2 min read
The Department of Energy requested that scientists reword grant proposals to be more in line with the White House’s agenda on climate research.
Trump Administration Disbands Climate Advisory Panel
Catherine Offord | Aug 20, 2017 | 2 min read
On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the panel’s charter would not be renewed.
Trump Releases Science Spending Priorities for FY2019
Aggie Mika | Aug 18, 2017 | 2 min read
In a memo to federal agencies, the administration highlights defense and security, leaves off Earth and climate science, and limits the scope of basic research.
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