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Lazy Bears and Confused Birds: What a Warming Planet Means for Wildlife
May 17, 2022

In the Arctic, climate change is upsetting the migratory rhythms of many species, disrupting pollinators, and spelling trouble for ecosystems around the world.

Greenwashing Decarbonization
May 16, 2022

Better renewable energy technology will make greenwashing an idiotic strategy, and audited disclosure rules would make carbon-related greenwashing illegal.

Bridge Collapse in Pakistan Due to Glacier Lake Outburst Flood
May 13, 2022

Searing and unprecedented heat early in the year triggered a glacier lake outburst flood in Pakistan, destroying a bridge important for domestic tourism and international trade.

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In Sediments Below Antarctic Ice, Scientists Discover a Giant Groundwater System
May 5, 2022

For the first time, scientists have mapped in detail water locked in a deep basin far under the Antarctic ice. The discovery could have implications for how the continent reacts to, or even contributes to, climate change.

At a Melting Glacier, a Landslide, Then Tsunami, Signal Climate-Related Threat
April 6, 2022

A peculiar seismic signal was the first indication of a gigantic landslide and subsequent tsunami in the remote mountains of British Columbia. It detected what may be a growing climate-related threat.

Regrown Tropical Forests May Have Short Lifespans, Says New Study
March 18, 2022

Forest cover in many tropical regions increased in recent decades, but a new study suggests that much of the regenerated area is re-cleared within a few years, which could limit biodiversity and carbon storage benefits.

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Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork, 2022 and Beyond
May 11, 2022

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New Film Explores Combining Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science to Understand Waning Arctic Sea Ice
January 21, 2022

A launch event will include clips from the film; discussion by Iñupiaq elders, scientists and the filmmaker; and audience Q&A.

American Geophysical Union 2021: Key Events From the Columbia Climate School
December 7, 2021

A guide to some of the most provocative talks at the world’s largest gathering of earth and space scientists.

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