For Detroit Students, Water Fountains are Health Hazards

This post was originally published on this site By Sierra Searcy Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has created an office for clean water, housed within the newly formed Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, to investigate complaints about water quality. “Right now, communities across our state don’t trust the water coming out of their taps, … Read moreFor Detroit Students, Water Fountains are Health Hazards

Watch: Climate Change Is Cooking Salmon in the Pacific Northwest

By Howard Hsu The Tulalip Indian Reservation sits on the east side of the Puget Sound, about 40 miles north of Seattle, Washington, where the change in seasons is marked by the arrival and departure of salmon. At the heart of the reservation is Tulalip Bay, where salmon return every spring and fall before swimming … Read moreWatch: Climate Change Is Cooking Salmon in the Pacific Northwest

Wildlife Under Siege at the World’s Oldest Lake

By Marlene Cimons Lake Baikal is the world’s oldest and deepest lake. It’s at least 20 million years old, and roughly a mile deep at its lowest point. The Siberian lake contains holds more water than all the North American Great Lakes combined, what amounts to more than one-fifth of all the water found in … Read moreWildlife Under Siege at the World’s Oldest Lake

This Robot Is Delivering Coral Babies to the Great Barrier Reef

By Marlene Cimons The climate is changing faster than many species can adapt, so scientists are trying to speed up evolution by fostering the spread of creatures who can take the heat. Think of it as natural selection with a little boost from humans—or, in some cases, robots. To that end, Australian scientists Peter Harrison … Read moreThis Robot Is Delivering Coral Babies to the Great Barrier Reef

Advocates Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell the Truth About Climate Change

This post was originally published on this site By Jeremy Deaton It has been a tough few months for climate change. In October, an international body of climate scientists declared humans have a little more than a decade to make the drastic changes needed to keep rising temperatures reasonably in check. In November, federal scientists … Read moreAdvocates Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Tell the Truth About Climate Change

Allergen Alert: Ragweed Is Spreading to New Regions

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Cristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her community is chock-full of it. “There is plenty … Read moreAllergen Alert: Ragweed Is Spreading to New Regions

The Seafloor Is Disappearing

This post was originally published on this site By Marlene Cimons Much of the deep sea has never been explored close-up by humans. Some submarines have plumbed its depths, but reaching the ocean bottom is a complicated and expensive journey, challenging because the seabed lies under more than three miles of water, which exerts huge … Read moreThe Seafloor Is Disappearing

Watch: How to Dance Like a Glacier

By Jeremy Deaton Eighteenth century French choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre once wrote, “A fine picture is but the image of nature; a finished ballet is nature herself.” Noverre was arguing for the immediacy of dance. Twenty-first century American choreographer Diana Movius took his words literally. In GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet, Movius depicts the slow melt … Read moreWatch: How to Dance Like a Glacier

Scientists Study Ice Shelf by Listening to Its Changing Sounds

By Marlene Cimons Researchers monitoring vibrations from Antarctica‘s Ross Ice Shelf were flabbergasted not long ago to hear something unexpected—the ice was “singing” to them. “We were stunned by a rich variety of time-varying tones that make up this newly described sort of signal,” said Rick Aster, professor of geosciences at Colorado State University, one … Read moreScientists Study Ice Shelf by Listening to Its Changing Sounds