An Unusual Partnership for People and Nature

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The 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County, one of the few remaining large tracts of intact native coastal prairie and wetlands on the Texas coast. Photo © Jerod Foster for The Nature Conservancy

Standing in front of 200 insurance industry professionals felt strange, but “cool” to Siddharth Narayan. A coastal engineer studying natural coastal protections, such as wetlands and mangroves, he never expected to present his research to a packed … [more…]

Opinion: Desalination plant in Southern California is important to water security

Opinion: Desalination plant in Southern California is important to water security

Photo: Workers prepare a desalination plant for service at the Charles Meyer Desalination Facility in Santa Barbara this year. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

Climate change is all around us. Extreme weather conditions including recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria demonstrate the intensity and impact of climate change on our environment. We’ve seen California and other parts of the West Coast fight large, uncontrollable wildfires and our neighbors in Mexico … [more…]

West Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Among Highest In World

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A network of water-quality sensors monitors acid levels of ocean water along the USA’s west coast.

The United States is stepping away from the Paris Climate Agreement, but the consequences of climate change will be more difficult to leave behind. Take ocean acidification, a major emerging threat to West Coast fisheries. Researchers at Oregon State University have recorded some of the highest levels of ocean acidification in the world – … [more…]

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea Level Rise for Decades

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The numbers didn’t add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed , decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise was holding steady—or even declining. Now, after puzzling over this discrepancy for years, scientists have identified its source: a problem with the calibration of a sensor on the first of several satellites launched to measure

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The race to save Florida’s devastated coral reef from global warming

The race to save Florida’s devastated coral reef from global warming

The Paris climate agreement is a key factor in preventing further damage to the ecosystem, and the tourism and seafood industries dependent on it.

PICKLES REEF, Florida — Twenty feet under water, Nature Conservancy biologist Jennifer Stein swims over to several large corals and pulls several laminated cards from her dive belt. “Disease,” reads one, as she gestures to a coral that exhibits white splotches. “Recent mortality,” reads another card.

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