News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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News spotlight: The Arctic is going green — and that’s not a good thing.

By Will McCarry

October 5, 2022
In case you missed it: Spruce trees are creeping northward into the arctic tundra — a barren terrain where frigid temperatures have long prevented them from growing. The changing landscape could have huge implications for life on Earth, scientists say.
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The Garza Fire, one of nearly a dozen wildfires burning California in mid-July 2017, consumed 40,000-plus acres as of July 14.
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News spotlight: Experts warn, the climate crisis is a health crisis

By Emma Cummings-Krueger

September 27, 2022
In case you missed it: Climate change is exacerbating existing ailments and causing people to suffer from new afflictions. Moreover, entire health systems are beginning to recognize that threats from climate change will have a big impact on their operations.
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News spotlight: Humanity barreling toward ‘irreversible’ climate tipping points

By Matthew Ribel

September 22, 2022
In case you missed it: A new study suggests that the consequences of crossing critical climate thresholds could be more severe than previously thought — including the collapse of polar ice sheets and death of coral reefs.
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New report: Without nature, there is no path to a climate-safe future

By Kiley Price

September 19, 2022
A first-of-its-kind report lays out how humanity must change its relationship with nature to avert a climate crisis.
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A diverse, dense coral community was present throughout the dive at Debussy Seamount.
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News spotlight: Sea creatures could harbor the next generation of medications, but are they at risk?

By Vanessa Bauza

September 12, 2022
In case you missed it: Scientists are sourcing new, lifesaving medications from the sea. But deep-sea mining explorations could risk critical marine ecosystems before their potential is understood.
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