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Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought

Published: 
Tue, 08/14/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Water

By many measurements, this summer’s drought is one for the record books. But so was last year’s drought in the South Central states. And it has been only a decade since an extreme five-year drought hit the American West. Widespread annual droughts, once a rare calamity, have become more frequent and are set to become the “new normal.”

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The Search for Energy Takes a Turn Underwater

Published: 
Fri, 08/10/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

The fearsome tides that sweep out from the easternmost shores of the United States have for more than 80 years teased engineers and presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who have dreamed of harnessing their force to make electricity.

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Hottest Month On Record: July 2012

Published: 
Wed, 08/08/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Energy

July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.

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The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic

Published: 
Mon, 08/06/2012 (All day)

CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming.

Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

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Responsible Shoppers, but Bad Citizens?

Published: 
Thu, 08/02/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Shopping & Food

When you stay in a hotel, you reuse your towel. When you shop for detergent, you reach for something nontoxic. But do small acts like these lead to further steps, or just check the “good deed” box for the day and distract from real activism? Is environmentally responsible spending effective or just a distraction?