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News spotlight: Report finds striking rise in methane emissions

By Mary Kate McCoy

October 31, 2022
More methane is being pumped into the atmosphere than ever before, according to a new study from the World Meteorological Organization. The rapid acceleration is threatening to hamper efforts to curb climate change.
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Aleutian Islands
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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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News spotlight: Warming waters spawn salmon famine

By Matthew Ribel

August 22, 2022
In case you missed it: Millions of salmon commute up Alaska’s Yukon River every fall in search of safe places to spawn. But as waters begin to warm, their populations have slumped to all-time lows.
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