“California’s destructive summer brings blunt talk about climate change”

“Palm Springs had its warmest July on record, with an average of 97.4 degrees. Death Valley experienced its hottest month on record, with the average temperature hitting 108.1. Park rangers said the heat was too much for some… Read More

“Hot Weather Spells Trouble For Nuclear Power Plants”

“Nuclear power plants in Europe have been forced to cut back electricity production because of warmer-than-usual seawater. Plants in Finland, Sweden and Germany have been affected by a heat wave that has broken records in Scandinavia and the… Read More

“Biodiversity Is In Free Fall. Here’s How We Can Fix It.”

“THE TROPICS ARE home to nearly 80 percent of all species in the world. Those species, in their perennial warm temperatures, face the double punch from both human pressures, such as overfishing or logging, and environmental abuse, from… Read More

“Climate change driven by humans made heatwave ‘twice as likely'”

“Climate change resulting from human activities made the current Europe-wide heatwave more than twice as likely to occur, say scientists. Researchers compared the current high temperatures with historical records from seven weather stations, in different parts of Europe…. Read More

“Climate change is making it harder for couples to conceive”

“According to research by UCLA environmental economist Alan Barreca, hot weather reduces chances of getting pregnant — and the problem is expected to get worse because of global warming. Barreca, a member of the UCLA Institute of the… Read More

“It All Started With a Few Trout. Now Yellowstone’s Iconic Birds Face ‘Collapse.'”

“DOUG SMITH DOESN’T remember the moment he realized that a serious ecological crisis was under way in Yellowstone National Park. But as more and more birds began to dwindle, what appeared before him was, he says, “an expanding… Read More

“The Key to Saving the Planet May Be Under the Sea”

“A Cold War-era joke has an American economist asking a Soviet peer how the communist economy is progressing. “In a word: good” the Russian responds. “In two words: not good.” So it goes this century with the rapidly… Read More

“This Seaside Community Is Getting Swallowed by the Ocean”

“SLOWLY BUT SURELY, North Carolina’s Outer Banks are being eaten up by the sea. The 200-mile stretch of islands that sits just off the coast is known for its idyllic beaches and thriving tourism, but scientists say those… Read More

“Warned 30 years ago, global warming ‘is in our living room”

“On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas… Read More

“A Warming Planet Could Zap Nutrition From Rice That Feeds The World”

“Grains are the bedrock of civilization. They led humans from hunting and gathering to city-building. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the fruits of three grasses provide the world with 60 percent of its total food: corn,… Read More