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How prescribed burns could limit megafires in California, Oregon, and Washington

June 14, 2023 – Wildfire smoke is a threat to air quality, public health, and ecosystems throughout the U.S. Notwithstanding the impact of this year’s Canadian wildfires, the West typically sees much higher exposure to wildfire smoke than other regions of the country. New research from Harvard University, the U.S. Forest Service, and National Oceanic […]

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New Harvard study puts a number on what ‘Exxon knew’ decades ago about climate science

Cambridge, MA, January 12, 2023 — Climate projections reported by ExxonMobil scientists between 1977 and 2003 were accurate and skillful in predicting subsequent global warming and contradicted the company’s public claims, a new Harvard study shows. In the first ever systematic assessment of the fossil fuel industry’s climate projections, researchers at Harvard University and the Potsdam Institute […]

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Research finds EPA underestimates methane emissions from oil and gas production

March 26, 2021 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is underestimating methane emissions from oil and gas production in its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, according to new research from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The research team found 90 percent higher emissions from oil […]

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National parks’ economic benefits put at over $100B annually but on an “unsustainable funding trajectory”

Sept. 25, 2019 – A new economic analysis of the U.S. National Park system puts its value to Americans at more than $100 billion, a figure that dwarfs the financially strapped agency’s $2.5 billion budget and underpins a call to change how what has been called “America’s Best Idea” is financed. The report comes as […]

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Nitrous oxide emissions from thawing Alaskan permafrost are 12 times higher than previously assumed

April 15, 2019 – About one fourth of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in permafrost. Now, these permanently frozen beds of soil, rock, and sediment are actually not so permanent: They’re thawing at an increasing rate. Human-induced climate change is warming these lands, melting the ice, and loosening the soil. This may sound like any […]

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Study: Warming future means more fire, fewer trees in the Klamath

April 30, 2018 – Warming future means more fire, fewer trees in western biodiversity hotspot Increasing fires and summer droughts caused by global warming are drastically changing a globally unique bio-region of northern California and southwestern Oregon, according to new research funded by the National Science Foundation and published today in the journal Scientific Reports. […]

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