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Arctic fish: living on thin ice?

December 12, 2011 | 2:18 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

About half of the millions of tons of seafood caught in the U.S. every year comes from Alaska, one of the most rapidly warming parts of the country. That warming, according to a new report from NOAA, is having “profound and continuing” effects on Alaska’s ocean habitat.

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As the climate warms, can trees move fast enough?

November 9, 2011 | 1:03 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

It’s not clear from this study why trees aren’t keeping pace with temperature change. Perhaps geographical boundaries, like coastlines, are getting in the way. Perhaps the species on the move are being out-competed in the new habitats. It’s even possible that tree seedlings are responding to climate change differently than adults.

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Businesses understand: It pays to solve the climate crisis

September 28, 2011 | 4:19 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

Over the past several years, electric utilities, automobile manufacturers, investors and other businesses have started to recognize that climate change is real and that humans are contributing to it. These companies also realize that they can be part of the solution — and that it makes business sense to do so.

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Life is change … or is it?

September 21, 2011 | 1:23 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

There’s an old saying that goes: “The only thing constant in life is change.” Because living things already cope with an ever-changing world, it’s easy to think they can handle human-made climate change as well. But as one of our readers recently noted, the rate of climate change poses a new challenge to species. Earth has warmed, on average, by about 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880 — about 10 times faster than in the last 21,000 years. About two thirds of that warming has taken place since just 1975, with the biggest changes near the poles. Of course, plants and … Read More

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