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How the Top Ten Democratic Candidates Plan to Deal With Climate Change

It is critical that whoever becomes president in 2020 commits to tackling the climate crisis. Here are the climate plans of the top ten Democratic candidates.

by |August 29, 2019
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Washing Laundry May Be An Underappreciated Source of Microplastic Pollution

A student research project unveils that tiny plastics in laundry detergents and fabrics could potentially have a big impact on ocean health.

by |August 22, 2019

How Synthetic Biology Can Help the Environment

Artificial and modified organisms could become essential tools to fight climate change, clean up pollution, protect biodiversity, and more.

by |August 14, 2019

Photo Essay: Living on the Ice in Juneau, Alaska

We’re developing a technique that uses ice-penetrating radar to measure how quickly snow turns to ice. To take our measurements, we needed to camp out in the Juneau icefields for a few weeks.

by |July 26, 2019
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Nothing to Sneeze At: How Climate Change Could Make Your Allergies Worse

As the world warms, plants may benefit but pollen allergies will likely get worse.

by |July 23, 2019
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Rescuing 50 Years of Apollo Sample Data

The Apollo missions brought back unique samples from the moon that have been analyzed by researchers around the world. This data is getting lost and forgotten. A new database collects it and makes it easy to find and use.

by |July 18, 2019

Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

A new study combs through the factors that can promote wildfires in California, and concludes that in many cases, warming climate is the decisive driver.

by |July 15, 2019

Part of the Pacific Ocean Is Not Warming as Expected. Why?

Climate models predict that as a result of human-induced climate change, the surface of the Pacific Ocean should be warming. But one key part is not.

by |June 24, 2019
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Citizen Scientists Can Help Predict and Prepare for Disasters

A recent study finds that you don’t need to be an expert to gather information that aids disaster prediction and response.

by |June 18, 2019
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Climate Service Initiative Begins Work on a New Continent

After a decade of development in Africa, the ENACTS initiative is expanding to Bangladesh this year.

by |June 13, 2019