Author: Gail Walsh

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Climate change caused 26 extra days of extreme heat in last year: report

The world experienced an average of 26 more days of extreme heat over the last 12 months that would probably not have occurred without climate change, a report said on Tuesday. Heat is the leading cause of climate-related death and the report further points to the role of global warming in increasing the frequency and […]

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Extreme Heat Affects Men’s Fertility and Birth Outcomes: NUS Study

Punishing hot weather affects not only a person’s health or work productivity but also affects couples’ fertility and birth outcomes, a project by the National University of Singapore (NUS) found. Rising temperatures could further reduce Singapore’s resident total fertility rate, which dipped below 1 – a record low – in 2023. The rate refers to the average […]

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Scientists Turn Moon-like Soil Fertile for Agriculture

If humans are to establish long-term bases on the moon, they will need food resources. In recent years, scientists have been taking steps toward making moon agriculture possible. Researchers in China said this month that they have found a way to turn soil, that is similar to lunar soil, fertile. They found that introducing special […]

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Federal Report Points Out Threats to Puget Sound Salmon, Missed Deadlines

A new report from the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office on salmon and water quality in Puget Sound says the Washington State Department of Ecology has routinely missed deadlines to develop an “impaired waters list,” as required every two years by the Clean Water Act. The report also reiterates existing research that high temperatures, low levels of […]

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Billions Have Been Raised to Restore Forests, With Little Success—Here’s the Missing Ingredient

Protecting and restoring forests is one of the cheapest and most effective options for mitigating the carbon emissions heating Earth. Since the third UN climate change summit, held in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, different mechanisms have been trialed to raise money and help countries reduce deforestation and restore degraded forests. First there was Koyoto’s clean development mechanism, […]

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Gripped by Drought, This Island is Running Out of Drinking Water

When Racha Mousdikoudine opens her kitchen faucet, she never knows what will happen. “Maybe I won’t get any water at all,” she told CNN. “Maybe I’ll get 30 minutes of water. Maybe the water will only come after hours of waiting.” For the last four months, Mousdikoudine and her two children have had little or […]

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The Beetaloo Gas Field is a Climate Bomb. How Did CSIRO Modelling Make it Look Otherwise?

Even as Australia braces for a summer of projected extreme heatwaves and bushfires amid the intensifying climate crisis, the fossil gas industry is gearing up for a truly enormous new fracking project in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin. In February, a CSIRO-backed report was published, stating Beetaloo could be developed without adding to Australia’s net emissions. In […]

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Assessment of Major Banks Shows Disclosure Gaps in Finance Directed Towards Climate Solutions

The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), in partnership with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, conducted a study “[t]racking progress with the TPI Net Zero Banking Assessment Framework.” As part of its assessment process, TPI used the Net Zero Baking Assessment Framework to evaluate banks’ progress in managing the low-carbon transition and mitigating the […]

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The Ecology of Whales in a Changing Climate

The study of whale ecology did not begin until most populations had been depleted by commercial whaling. Some species still teeter on the edge of extinction, whereas others have shown encouraging signs of recovery. The Eastern Pacific population of gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) was hunted to low levels in the 19th century but was protected […]

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Florida’s Coastal Savior: The Benefits of Mangroves

Mangroves are incredibly beneficial to Florida’s environment, and they wear a lot of proverbial hats. Mangroves play a critical role in a lot of marine ecosystems: they filter the water, act as a nursery habitat, and maintain healthy biodiversity. Mangroves also protect Southwest Florida’s coastlines from storm surge and other harmful impacts from major storms and […]

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