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  • Environment Why the EPA faces big cuts under Trump budget proposal

    Environmental issues have become more polarized even since the years of George W. Bush. One factor: The stakes for both parties surrounding climate change have risen.

  • Climate Impacts and Adaptations West's challenge is still water scarcity, wet winter or not

    With climate change affecting water supplies already strained by urban growth, states in the Colorado River basin are being forced to innovate and adapt.

  • Climate Science In a time of division, could science find a way to unite?

    At an annual gathering, concerned scientists discuss how to navigate distrust and make science for everyone.

  • First Look Fracking led to more than 6,000 spills in 10 years, study finds

    A new study looks at fracking sites in four states, finding 6,648 spills between 2005 and 2014. Their research, the study's authors say, highlights a need for better data collection – and may help prevent future incidents.

  • First Look First national 'bee map' charts their decline – but hopes to stem the trend

    US agriculture needs bees more than ever before, and a new map aims to help farmers and conservationists pinpoint where that need is greatest.

  • Inhabit newsletter In Africa, how trees can help both climate and incomes

    In this edition: Morocco's lessons on climate-smart agriculture; managing dams gets tougher as more precipitation falls as rain not snow; the great bird count.

  • First Look Great Backyard Birdcount begins Feb. 17: how citizen-scientists can participate

    Amid concerns about climate change and habitat destruction, thousands of citizen-scientists look to the skies to track the progress of birds as the Great Backyard Bird Count begins. 

  • Inhabit newsletter Solar power, even if you don't have a roof of your own

    In this edition: Community-size projects aim to democratize solar energy; big-name Republicans push 'carbon dividends' for all; man-made pollinators. 

  • Climate Impacts and Adaptations An Oroville message: As climate shifts, so will water strategies

    Safety concerns at the Oroville Dam center on engineering and maintenance. But dams also face new challenges in managing water in an era when rains can be heavier, and less precipitation is falling as snow. 

  • Cover Story Farming a warmer planet

    Morocco holds lessons for how farmers around the world are adapting to, and curbing, global warming.

Climate Science In a time of division, could science find a way to unite?

At an annual gathering, concerned scientists discuss how to navigate distrust and make science for everyone.

  • Inhabit newsletter Fossil fuel jobs easier to promise than to deliver

    In this edition: President Trump's pipelines actions and the bid for fossil-fuel jobs; a week of confusion and fear; Al Gore's new movie.  

  • Climate Science Scientists drawn into politics, in a bid to defend science

    Concern in the science community rose this week about possible Trump administration curbs on researchers. Responses range from defending facts to actually entering the political fray.

  • Climate Science The confusing, wild world of science under the Trump administration

    The first week of the Trump administration saw scientists going rogue over concerns about policy. But it also brought distortion of the facts.

  • Energy Behind Trump pipeline orders, a pledge to deliver energy jobs

    He's issued executive orders backing pipelines, and wants to open federal lands and loosen regulations. All that may add jobs in the industry, but market forces are in driver's seat.

  • Inhabit newsletter Trump team's approach to climate change: Emphasize uncertainty

    In this edition: How President Trump's Cabinet nominees talk about climate; why Scott Pruitt sees an EPA in need of restraint; will Republicans curb Endangered Species Act?

  • Climate Science On global warming, Trump nominees try having it both ways

    Cabinet candidates aren't calling climate change a 'hoax,' but they're taking on climate science by emphasizing a lack of modeling precision and disagreements among scientists.

  • Environment Why the EPA nominee wants to be a political wrecking ball

    Scott Pruitt has made a career of asserting states' rights against federal authority, primarily by suing the agency he may run. Now, he gets a chance to shift that balance.

  • Inhabit newsletter Los Angeles preps for less reliance on water imports

    In this edition: More people leave lawns behind as California seeks to make water conservation a way of life; the Trump Cabinet nominee who sees climate change as a threat; farewell to the 747. 

  • Climate Science Energy secretary seeks to lock in free speech for DOE scientists

    The new policy, which Ernest Moniz says was in the works before Donald Trump won the presidency, says scientists 'are free and encouraged to share their scientific findings and views.'

  • Climate Solutions His zeal isn't clear, but Tillerson calls climate change a 'threat'

    Unlike some other Trump Cabinet picks, Rex Tillerson acknowledges climate change. His confirmation hearing to become secretary of State leaves doubts about how much climate action he supports.

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