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Water and Oceans

The capacity of the seas to absorb carbon has reached a limit, and acidification is threatening the ocean food chain. Fresh water sources, too, are under great pressure from climate disruption. The specter of hunger and thirst is haunting scientists, as unprepared communities face water management challenges as never before.

New research finds the Athabasca River might not be a sustainable source of water oil companies need for the tar sands.
The source of water used for drilling in the Alberta tar sands could dry up in the coming decades,...
09/21/2015 | Read More
The epic drought reaches a low-water mark (literally) for the snows that provide much of the state’s water in the spring and summer.
The Sierra Nevada snowpack—the source of more than one-third of California's water supply—is the...
09/14/2015 | Read More
Burning all of the world's known fossil fuel reserves has a scary result: submerging New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and other cities, new research shows.
If you ever wondered what the worst-case scenario for climate change would look like, a set of...
09/11/2015 | Read More
Ocean temperature fluctuations have slowed, a new study says, with an extended warm period in the N. Pacific causing a massive shift in marine life.
Warm sea temperatures are persisting in the North Pacific longer than at any other time on record,...
09/01/2015 | Read More
A decade later, many still wrestle with staying home vs. leaving—a decision millions more will face along the coasts as seas rise, storms intensify.
One month after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast of Louisiana in 2005, Colette Pichon...
08/27/2015 | Read More
New study gives California crisis managers something else to worry about: evapotranspiration.
As California’s four-year drought has drinking and groundwater reserves at dangerously low levels,...
08/20/2015 | Read More
Without reducing emissions, carbon removal schemes will not undo the damage climate change is doing to the oceans by increasing their acidity.
Waiting to tackle ocean acidification caused by climate change through yet-to-be developed...
08/05/2015 | Read More
As Arctic ice dwindles, theories that polar bears can adapt their fat-heavy diet are debunked in a new paper.
Scientists studying the effects of Arctic melting have found themselves in what you could call the...
04/01/2015 | Read More
Yellowstone River becomes a mystifying mix of oil, ice and water; pipeline company trucks in 10,000 gallons of water a day for town of 6,000.
This article has been updated on Jan. 22 at 4:00 PM to reflect more recent estimates on the maximum...
01/21/2015 | Read More
An American admiral is in line to lead the eight-nation Arctic Council as a climate steward and a caretaker of the ocean.
This year is expected to bring a breakthrough for global climate action—and that includes the...
01/05/2015 | Read More