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Great Barrier Reef Suffers Sixth Mass Bleaching in Two Decades
A survey showed that 91 percent of the reef experienced bleaching despite this year’s cooler, wetter conditions associated with the La Niña weather pattern.
ABOVE: © Commonwealth of Australia (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) 2016, photographer: C. Jones.
Great Barrier Reef Suffers Sixth Mass Bleaching in Two Decades
Great Barrier Reef Suffers Sixth Mass Bleaching in Two Decades

A survey showed that 91 percent of the reef experienced bleaching despite this year’s cooler, wetter conditions associated with the La Niña weather pattern.

A survey showed that 91 percent of the reef experienced bleaching despite this year’s cooler, wetter conditions associated with the La Niña weather pattern.

ABOVE: © Commonwealth of Australia (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) 2016, photographer: C. Jones.

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China-US Climate Collaboration Ended Due to Security Concerns
Natalia Mesa | Apr 12, 2022
Texas A&M cited potential foreign interference when explaining why it shut down a jointly run modeling laboratory.
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Earlier Nesting in Chicago-Area Birds Linked to Warming
Natalia Mesa | Apr 4, 2022
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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Opinion: Climate Change Is Dangerous to Your Health
Mark Kessel, Rick Elbaum | Apr 4, 2022
In addition to causing more frequent natural disasters, global warming can have long-term health effects, which range from heat stress to mosquito-borne disease.
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Arctic Greening Won’t Save the Climate—Here’s Why
Donatella Zona | Mar 30, 2022
The growing season on the tundra is starting earlier as the planet warms, but the plants aren’t sequestering more carbon, a new study finds.
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Flooding and Storms Wreak Havoc for Australian Scientists
Bianca Nogrady | Mar 4, 2022
Record-breaking rainfall has caused widespread flooding and devastation in Queensland and New South Wales, forcing the closure of some university campuses.
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Seagrasses Continue to Emit Methane Decades After Death
Alejandra Manjarrez | Feb 22, 2022
Methane production, likely achieved by a diverse group of methanogenic archaea, occurs at similar rates in both alive and dead seagrasses, a study reports. The findings highlight the potential environmental impact of seagrasses declining globally.
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Plants in UK Bloom a Month Earlier Than in 1980s: Study
Natalia Mesa | Feb 2, 2022
Scientists warn that climate change–induced early flowering could have negative effects on wildlife, agriculture, and gardening.
Ten Minute Sabbatical
Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon | Jun 1, 2021
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
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Long-Delayed EPA Report Details Dire Nature of Climate Disaster
Lisa Winter | May 13, 2021
The Climate Change Indicators site was not updated during Donald Trump’s presidency.
Slideshow: Solving a Gray Whale Murder Mystery
Ashley Yeager | Nov 12, 2020
One way to investigate the record-setting deaths of the marine mammals is to perform autopsies on them, but researchers are also taking a close look at living whales for clues to what could be killing them.
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Animal Movement Data Reveal Effects of Climate Change in Arctic
Amanda Heidt | Nov 5, 2020
Environmental engineer Gil Bohrer discusses how long-term, large-scale tracking data can shed light on the unexpected ways animals are responding to changes in the Arctic.
Infographic: Investigating Whale Strandings Along the North American Coast
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2020
Knock-on effects of melting sea ice in the Arctic may be to blame for a spate of gray whale deaths along their migration route from Mexico to Alaska.
Clues Point to Climate Change as a Culprit in Gray Whale Deaths
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2020
For the past two years, the charismatic marine mammals have washed up on Pacific shores in record numbers. Scientists investigating the strandings suspect warming waters and melting sea ice are partly to blame.
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How Ice Shelf Loss Will Change the Antarctic Ecosystem
Amanda Heidt | Oct 6, 2020
Marine ecologist Jeroen Ingels discusses what is known about ice shelf loss at the southern pole and how those changes are affecting local ecosystems.
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New Study Bumps Global Emperor Penguin Numbers by 10 Percent
Amanda Heidt | Aug 5, 2020
Satellite images of penguin poop reveal eight entirely new colonies and confirm the existence of another three first reported in the 1960s.
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Arctic Swelters Under 38 °C Heat Wave
Amanda Heidt | Jun 24, 2020
The possibly record-breaking temps follow the warmest winter on record in the region.
Antarctic Peninsula Temps Break Records
Lisa Winter | Feb 14, 2020
The highest reading, taken from Seymour Island, has yet to be confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization.
Climate Change Linked to Drop in Bumble Bee Numbers: Study
Lisa Winter | Feb 7, 2020
The rate of population decline is outpacing the ability of the bees to find a new habitat.
Global Ocean Circulation Is Speeding Up
Ruth Williams | Feb 5, 2020
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.