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From New York to Jakarta, land in many coastal cities is sinking faster than sea levels are rising

Sea level rise has already put coastal cities on notice thanks to increasing storm surges and even sunny day flooding at high tide. These challenges will continue to grow because global projections point to a mean sea level rise of at least one foot above year-2000 levels by the end of this century. However, many cities are facing another […]

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Transmission Rulings Pave Path for Renewable Energy

Recent courtroom wins for advocates of a more competitive process for approving interstate electric transmission lines could help clear the way for greater access to clean energy for Americans in the long run. On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear Texas’ defense of its “right of first refusal,” or ROFR, law that gave preference for certain […]

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There Is No 1.5°C Climate Cliff

Dubai, United Arab Emirates—”The North Star of the COP28 Presidency is to keep 1.5°C within reach,” has been the frequent refrain of Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the COP28 president overseeing the current U.N. climate change negotiations in Dubai. Al Jaber is reflecting the oft-chanted activist slogan “Keep 1.5 Alive!” The idea is that humanity must reduce its […]

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Salt Lake City Approves a Development Plan for One of its Last Agricultural Areas

Ever since an industrial campus began to rise in the Northpoint area, on the far northern edge of Salt Lake City, Denise Payne said her life has gradually changed. First it was semi trucks driving up 2200 West, the thin street that her home faces. Then, she said, developers started knocking on her door, with […]

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AI Tool Helps Ecologists Monitor Rare Birds Through Their Songs

Identifying common bird species through their song has never been easier, with numerous phone apps and software available to both ecologists and the public. But what if the identification software has never heard a particular bird before, or only has a small sample of recordings to reference? This is a problem facing ecologists and conservationists […]

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Texas A&M Forest Service Awards $15.7 Million Total in Grants to Volunteer Fire Departments

Texas A&M Forest Service awarded 260 rural volunteer fire departments with more than $15.7 million in assistance grants last week through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Grant Program. “Our agency is very thankful to state leadership for allowing us the opportunity to assist volunteer fire departments in Texas,” said Jason Keiningham, Texas A&M Forest Service […]

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Shipping Industry Could Lose $10 Billion a Year Battling Climate Change by 2050

Severe drought has caused water levels in the Mississippi River to drop so low that ships have been running aground. To keep commerce flowing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now using a dredge ship to push out silt in the river near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The chief of navigation for the corps told local […]

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The GEF Sponsors 13 Youth Ambassadors for COP28 Climate Summit

In an investment in the next generation of environmental leaders, the Global Environment Facility is sponsoring 13 youth ambassadors from across Latin America to participate in the 2023 United Nations climate summit as part of their national delegations. In a pilot partnership with Operation COP: Youth Ambassadors for Climate, a Climate Reality Project Latin America initiative, the […]

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Toward a Global Scientific Consensus: Identifying Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems Through Imagery

The scientific community is taking a significant step toward establishing a consensus on the designation of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) from imagery data, as highlighted in the new article titled “Towards a scientific community consensus on designating Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems from imagery,” authored by Dr. Amy R. Baco and colleagues and published in PeerJ Life & […]

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Climate Crisis: Carbon Emissions Budget is Now Tiny, Scientists Say

The carbon budget remaining to limit the climate crisis to 1.5C of global heating is now “tiny”, according to an analysis, sending a “dire” message about the adequacy of climate action. The carbon budget is the maximum amount of carbon emissions that can be released while restricting global temperature rise to the limits of the Paris agreement. […]

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