Surprising tropical bird appears in Connecticut—but why? loading...
Surprising tropical bird appears in Connecticut—but why?
An out-of-place spoonbill that temporarily claimed a tiny pond in Stratford charmed the locals with its pink feathers and funky beak.
Whale meat helped polar bears survive past warming loading...
Whale meat helped polar bears survive past warming
But chowing on whale carcasses today won't prevent an extinction crisis. Only saving sea ice will.
Tiny U.S. Island is Drowning. Residents Deny the Reason loading...
Tiny U.S. Island is Drowning. Residents Deny the Reason
Water will one day swamp historic Tangier Island, in the Chesapeake Bay. But its inhabitants argue that it's erosion, not climate change.
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How the Environment Has Changed Since the First Earth Day
When the first Earth Day was held in 1970, pesticides were killing bald eagles, and soot was darkening the sky. Now, habitat loss and climate change are imperiling the planet.
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Arctic Sea Ice Is Second-Lowest on Record
But the amount of ice found throughout most of the Arctic was even lower than in recent years, except for the region around Japan.
About The Big Thaw

Scientists who assess the planet's health see indisputable evidence that Earth has been getting warmer, in some cases rapidly. Most believe that human activity, in particular the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, have influenced this warming trend. In the past decade scientists have documented record-high average annual surface temperatures and have been observing other signs of change all over the planet: in the distribution of ice, and in the salinity, levels, and temperatures of the oceans.

 

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