Climate Change

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A Miami port dredging project may have damaged the city's offshore coral reef

Coral reefs around the world are under threat. Acidifying oceans due to the rise of CO2 associated with global warming; the El Niño weather system, which has led to massive die-off and bleaching of corals in parts of the Pacific Ocean. And closer to home, commerce also threatens coral: a recent port expansion may have caused serious damage to the reef off of Miami, Florida.

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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.

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The GOP is leading an effort to block the military from planning for climate change

Since the Bush Administration, the Department of Defense has been warning that climate change poses a threat to national security. In January 2016, Pentagon officials proposed to update their climate threat assessments, in response to a directive from President Obama. House Republicans have moved to block the Defense Department’s efforts to prepare for climate change.