climate change

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Activists to Obama: Stop leasing public land to take out oil, gas, coal

Public lands in the United States hold up to 450 billion tons of potential carbon emissions, in places like the Powder River Basin, home to massive coal deposits, or in offshore petroleum. If, over time, all of these emissions are released, it would be catastrophic for the climate. A new campaign is pressing President Obama to keep them in the ground forever.

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In the 'new North,' forest fires are permanently altering the landscape

The end of summer in the US has seen unprecedented and catastrophic wildfires along the Pacific coast, with whole neighborhoods burned to the ground in California. But the fire season up in Alaska and elsewhere in the far north was also devastating — and the eight million or more acres burned there raise some ominous questions about the future of permafrost and boreal forests.