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Shark Snooping

Sea-Surfing Robot Tracks Marine Life An unmanned, solar-powered Wave Glider robot has been deployed off the U.S. coast near San Francisco as part of an arsenal of ocean-observing technologies revealing in real time the mysterious journeys of great white sharks and other marine creatures. A new network that also includes data receivers on fixed buoys picks up signals from acoustic ... Read More »

Airwaves Activist

NPR’s Steve Curwood Empowers Listeners to Aid Planet Earth by Randy Kambic As executive producer and host of Living on Earth, the weekly environmental news program distributed by Public Radio International since 1990, Steve Curwood keeps millions of people informed on leading environmental topics. Broadcast on more than 300 public radio stations nationwide, the program has garnered a host of accolades, including ... Read More »

Sustainable Cityscapes

Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald Today, buzzwords like “sustainability” and “green building” dominate discussions on how to overcome the unhealthful effects of climate change, extreme local weather events and pervasive pollution. Now, a growing body of research indicates an unexpected upside of living greener; it not only makes us healthier, but happier, too. ... Read More »

Coastal Caretaking

Zoning Tropical Waters like Land Resources In the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, 24 scientists from Canada, the U.S., the UK, China, Australia, New Caledonia, Sweden and Kenya affirm that one-fifth of humanity lives within 60 miles of a tropical coastline, primarily in developing countries. They warn that growing populations and increasing impacts of climate change ensure that pressures on these ... Read More »

Coral Countdown

Endangered Caribbean Reef Solutions With only about one-sixth of their original coral cover remaining, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of two main grazers in the region, according to the latest report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the International Union ... Read More »

Cleaner Air

New EPA Rules Proposed for Climate Change The White House plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Each state will have its own goal within the overall national pollution reduction effort, an attempt to be politically and practically flexible in its implementation. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy explains, “Each state’s goal is ... Read More »

Ice Cubed

Greenland a Big Contributor to Sea Level Rise New research by University of California-Irvine and NASA glaciologists published in Nature Geoscience shows that Greenland is more vulnerable to warm ocean waters from climate change than previously thought. Newly discovered deep valleys stretch for dozens of miles under the Greenland ice sheet in bedrock well below sea level. As subtropical Atlantic ... Read More »

Planetary Push

Public Demands Climate Change Solutions People throughout the U.S. and worldwide, representing hundreds of grassroots and non-government organizations, will converge on New York City for the Peoples Climate March on September 21, 2014. As United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for heads of state to mobilize at an historic U.N. Summit on Climate Change that weekend, the people will ... Read More »

Documenting the Big Melt

James Balog’s Chasing Ice Spotlights Disappearing Glaciers by Christine MacDonald National Geographic photographer James Balog says he was skeptical about climate change until he saw it happening firsthand. Watching once-towering glaciers falling into the sea inspired his most challenging assignment in a storied 30-year career—finding a way to photograph climate change. In exploring Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a breathtaking photographic ... Read More »

Smoke Choke

Big Coal’s Big Plans to Hasten Climate Change Environmentalists are mounting an effort to stop the coal industry from exporting millions of tons of coal to China and keep the coal in the ground by halting the construction of huge new coal export terminals at ports in Oregon and Washington. The nation’s two largest coal companies want to strip-mine vast reserves in ... Read More »

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