Climate Change

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Science, Tech & Environment

Can we accurately gauge the impact of climate change on extreme weather?

Even as the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable and extreme events become increasingly frequent, it’s still considered scientifically incorrect to blame global warning for any one event. But a new report says it is now possible to estimate the influence of climate change on some types of extreme events, such as heat waves, drought and heavy precipitation.

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Study shows US could convert its economy to renewable energy without battery breakthrough

For years, the knock against renewable energy has been that it doesn't work because it's intermittent. So research has centered on how to store the energy for future use. Now a new study from NOAA suggests the US could quickly convert to wind and solar power without waiting for battery storage technology to catch up.

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After the floods come the human traffickers, but these girls are fighting back

India's low-lying Sundarbans are rife with human trafficking as the effects of climate change leave families poor and vulnerable. But a new program from Save the Children India is helping kids band together to ward off traffickers, while also getting them to stay in school. Even if it means they also learn to roll cigarettes to support their families.

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From the White House to Minnesota gardens, an effort to make more room for pollinators

Honey bees and other pollinators are in big trouble. President Barack Obama wants to help save them with a new protected bee habitat corridor along I-35 spanning the US from Laredo, Texas to Duluth Minnesota. Catherine Winter, who lives in Duluth and keeps bees herself, tracked down some other bee enthusiasts to talk about the president's plan and their own efforts to protect the pollinators that help feed us all.

Science, Tech & Environment

Study shows US could convert its economy to renewable energy without battery breakthrough

For years, the knock against renewable energy has been that it doesn't work because it's intermittent. So research has centered on how to store the energy for future use. Now a new study from NOAA suggests the US could quickly convert to wind and solar power without waiting for battery storage technology to catch up.