Expect environmental battles to be ‘even more significant’ in 2018

Expect environmental battles to be ‘even more significant’ in 2018

The Trump administration offered grand pronouncements about environmental deregulation in 2017. But this is the year to hammer out the details.

People are building artificial beaver dams in drought-stricken Montana

With fewer beaver dams, snow melt that trickled slowly into rivers and streams started flowing more quickly downstream. And climate change is making the problem worse.

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How wind farms are supercharging the economies of rural America

A wind power boom in the nation’s central corridor has been a financial windfall for some struggling rural areas.

What 5,000-year-old skeletons tell us about living with climate change

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Trauma from extreme climate events has long-term effects on survivors’ brains, study finds

Psychological trauma endured by survivors of extreme weather events like wildfires may have long-term impacts on their brains, according to a new study that reveals more on how the climate crisis affects cognitive functioning.

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Road elevation among new approaches to flooding resilience in Pawleys Island plan

Thousands of Lowcountry visitors drive Myrtle Avenue each year, but as Georgetown County’s famed barrier island faces a forecast of a higher Atlantic Ocean in the future, the roads future visitors drive could be a bit higher.

Vince Bolduc: To solve the housing and climate crises, we need a bigger map

If climate problems are made worse by sprawl and long commutes, then most new housing should be in, or close to, the urban core.

Updated red list raises red flags for Sri Lanka’s birds, especially endemics

Sri Lanka has published its latest assessment of the conservation status of birds, showing a worrying increase in the number of species considered threatened since the last assessment was published in 2012.

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