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UK suffers marine heatwave

Some of the most severe marine heat increases on Earth are occurring in the seas surrounding the UK and Ireland. Satellite measurements show that water temperatures in certain areas are above average for this time of year. The coastal regions off the east coast of the UK, from Durham to Aberdeen, and off the northwest […]

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EQIP disproportionality funds industrial agriculture practices over real conservation practices

MINNEAPOLIS—A new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) sheds light on how one U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), allocates funds and highlights the disproportionate level of funding received by industrial agriculture practices. As Congress debates and drafts the 2023 Farm Bill, the report offers […]

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Arctic ground squirrel hibernation trend could affect mating

As soils in Arctic Alaska become warmer and freeze for shorter periods in winter, mating conditions for arctic ground squirrels are changing.  New research published in the journal Science analyzes more than 25 years of climate and biological data gathered by researchers and students from the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The team members […]

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Lessons from ‘The Blob’ will help us manage fisheries during future marine heatwaves

In early 2014, a great anomaly descended upon the seas: A patch of warm water that manifested in the Gulf of Alaska. Scientists called it “The Blob.” A strong El Niño prolonged this marine heatwave through 2016. It extended as far south as Baja California, Mexico, throwing marine ecosystems, weather patterns and fisheries into disarray. […]

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Extremely hot days are warming twice as fast as average summer days in North-West Europe

May 17, 2023 – New research led by the University of Oxford has found that climate change is causing the hottest days in North-West Europe to warm at double the rate of average summer days. The difference in trends is most pronounced for England, Wales, and Northern France. Worryingly, while current climate models accurately predict the […]

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Environmental Justice Leaders, Energy Analysts and Labor Reps Release Equitable Grid Principles

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2023)—A group of community and environmental justice leaders, electric grid analysts, and labor representatives today released new “Equitable Grid Principles” intended to guide electric grid infrastructure decision-making in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) region. “The clean energy revolution is an exciting opportunity to transform an electricity system that has burdened and […]

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NASA Teams with Forest Service to Tally America’s Oldest Trees

Century-old sugar maples in Wisconsin. Five-hundred-year-old cedars in Oklahoma. Fifty-foot-wide oaks in Georgia. These trees grace our nation’s old-growth forests, and scientists say they hold unexplored mysteries from their roots to their rings. In an effort to steward these resources, on Earth Day 2022 the Biden Administration called upon the Department of Agriculture and the […]

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Research reveals countries where record-breaking heatwaves are likely to cause most harm

April 25, 2023 – The University of Bristol-led research, published today in Nature Communications, shows that unprecedented heat extremes combined with socioeconomic vulnerability puts certain regions, such as Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, and Central America, most in peril. Countries yet to experience the most intense heatwaves are often especially susceptible, as adaptation measures are often only […]

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Recycled-plastic pavement withstands heavy trucks and extreme weather

RENO, Nev. – Asphalt pavement formulated with recycled plastic has successfully survived heavy truck traffic and the atmospheric rivers of the winter of 2022-23 after a section of Highway 99 in California flooded in January. “It’s a testament to the new technology,” Elie Hajj, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Nevada, […]

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Defenders of Wildlife Urges Support for RESCUE Whales Act To Protect Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries held a hearing on bills including the RESCUE Whales Act, the only one of four on the subcommittee’s agenda that would benefit wildlife and help combat the biodiversity and climate crises.  Introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the bill would […]

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Leading Up to the 13th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Oceana Calls on President Biden to Prevent New Offshore Drilling

April 18, 2023 – Leading up to the 13th anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history — the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill — Oceana is calling on President Joe Biden to lead on climate change and honor his campaign promise to prevent new offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters. In a new report released […]

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Chilkat and Klehini Rivers Named Among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2023

American Rivers has named the Chilkat and Klehini Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, pointing out the threats of a proposed copper and zinc mine that would likely result in contamination of nearby creeks that feed directly into the two rivers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must enforce the Clean Water Act to ensure appropriate […]

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Revealing invisible Himalaya glacier loss

New research reveals that ice being lost from glaciers that flow into lakes in the Himalayas has been significantly underestimated. This discovery has critical implications for predicting the demise of the region’s glaciers and for managing critical water resources. Glaciers in the Himalayas are part of the ‘third pole’, so-called because ice fields in high-mountain […]

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Natural Wax Holds Promise to Replace Petroleum in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Woods Hole, Mass. April 6, 2023 — A wax that is derived from a commonly grown marine microalga could be the next big thing in cosmetics and personal care products, thanks to a recent license agreement between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Western Washington University (WWU)—which jointly own the patents—and Upwell Cosmetics, a start-up […]

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Study finds harmful PFAs don’t actually prevent furniture stains

BERKELEY, Calif.April 4, 2023 —The health and environmental harms of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are well-known, but a new peer-reviewed study calls into question their touted stain-fighting benefits. The study, published today in the AATCC Journal of Research, tested the performance of PFAS finishings on furniture fabrics and found that they had limited to no effectiveness, particularly […]

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Rainbow Trout Subspecies Newly Named

The McCloud River redband trout, or O. mykiss calisulat, is newly identified as its own distinct subspecies of rainbow trout in a study from the University of California, Davis. It is the first newly identified subspecies of Pacific trout since 2008 and the youngest rainbow trout subspecies by more than 100 years. The study, published […]

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