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When it comes to solar farms, sheep are great groundskeepers

When it comes to solar farms, sheep are great groundskeepers

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Enlarge / Sheep may safely graze. What makes a good spot for livestock and a good spot for solar farms often overlaps. They’re both large, quite flat, and get a good amount of sun, being free from tall vegetation. As such, solar producers are increasingly leasing farm land for their operations. The increase in solar…
Microplastics may be cooling—and heating—Earth’s climate

Microplastics may be cooling—and heating—Earth’s climate

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Enlarge / Thought climate change was already complicated? Now scientists have to consider the influence of tiny bits of atmospheric plastic.Sanka Vidanagama | Getty Images Like the ash spewed from a supervolcano, microplastics have infested the atmosphere and encircled the globe. These are bits of plastic less than 5 millimeters long, and they come in…
Climate change is bad for your health. And plans to boost economies may make it worse

Climate change is bad for your health. And plans to boost...

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The Schuylkill River floods Philadelphia in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in September. The extreme rain caught many by surprise, trapping people in basements and cars and killing dozens. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Rourke/AP The Schuylkill River floods Philadelphia in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in September. The extreme rain caught many…
The decreasing cost of renewables unlikely to plateau anytime soon

The decreasing cost of renewables unlikely to plateau anytime soon

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Past projections of energy costs have consistently underestimated just how cheap renewable energy would be in the future, as well as the benefits of rolling them out quickly, according to a new report out of the Institute of New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford. The report makes predictions about more than 50 technologies such as…
2020 babies may suffer up to seven times as many extreme heat waves as 1960s kids

2020 babies may suffer up to seven times as many extreme...

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The kids are not all right. Children born in 2020 could live through seven times as many extreme heat waves as people born in 1960. That’s the projected generational disparity if global greenhouse gas emissions are curbed by the amount currently promised by the world’s nations, climate scientist Wim Thiery of Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and colleagues report September…
‘Ice Rivers’ invites you to get to know our world’s melting glaciers

‘Ice Rivers’ invites you to get to know our world’s melting...

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Ice RiversJemma WadhamPrinceton Univ., $26.95 I’ve always been a sucker for glacier lingo, whimsical words for a harsh landscape gouged, smoothed and bulldozed by ice. Moulins, drumlins, eskers and moraines. Cirques and arêtes. Cold katabatic winds blowing down a mountain, huffed from a glacier’s snout and said to be its spirit. Jemma Wadham’s Ice Rivers:…
Rice feeds half the world. Climate change’s droughts and floods put it at risk

Rice feeds half the world. Climate change’s droughts and floods put...

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Under a midday summer sun in California’s Sacramento Valley, rice farmer Peter Rystrom walks across a dusty, barren plot of land, parched soil crunching beneath each step. In a typical year, he’d be sloshing through inches of water amid lush, green rice plants. But today the soil lies naked and baking in the 35˚ Celsius…
Australian fires in 2019–2020 had even more global reach than previously thought

Australian fires in 2019–2020 had even more global reach than previously...

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The severe, devastating wildfires that raged across southeastern Australia in late 2019 and early 2020 packed a powerful punch that extended far beyond the country, two new studies find. The blazes injected at least twice as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as was previously thought, one team’s satellite-derived estimates revealed. The fires also sent…
Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our Mental Health

Climate Change Is Making Natural Disasters Worse — Along With Our...

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Crews set a backfire in an effort to gain control of the massive Caldor fire near the Tahoe basin in California on Aug. 26. Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images Crews set a backfire in an effort to gain control of the massive Caldor fire near the Tahoe basin…
Climate Change Is The Greatest Threat To Public Health, Top Medical Journals Warn

Climate Change Is The Greatest Threat To Public Health, Top Medical...

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Climate change is increasingly becoming a public health threat, experts warn. Thousands were displaced and dozens died during Hurricane Ida. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images Climate change is increasingly becoming a public health threat, experts warn. Thousands were displaced and dozens died during Hurricane Ida. Luke…

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