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.
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More Sharks Ditching Annual Migration As Ocean Warms
Blacktip sharks usually travel in the tens of thousands from North Carolina to Florida. But thanks to climate change, more are staying put.
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Shy Albatross Make Artificial Nests Their Own—Giving Scientists Hope for Their Species
The birds are increasingly facing threats from climate change, but artificial nests may give them time to adapt.
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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